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Vintage Tailgate Party
Before face paint and paper plates became commonplace, a tailgate party was a classier affair. Vintage tailgating frequently featured non-disposable dinner wear, elegant attire, and a beautiful tailgate buffet. Before you stock up on Solo cups, consider having a traditional tailgate picnic inspired by these ideas and vintage finds:Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Vintage Skotch Plaid Tailgate Gear
If you've ever visited a flea market or you're nearing middle age, you've probably seen scores of Skotch picnic products sporting their distinctive red plaid.
During the 1950s and 60s, the Hamilton Metal Company made Skotch coolers (spelled koolers), tin picnic baskets, thermoses, and zippered totes for tailgate parties, camping, and picnics. They even made a tiny portable charcoal grill.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Vintage Tailgate Picnic Baskets
Instead of stocking up on disposables, keep your eyes open for an antique picnic hamper -- especially if it comes complete with bone china, wicker-covered decanters, and sterling silverware.
Alternatively, buy a vintage picnic basket and fill it with fine secondhand finds. Old silver-plated flatware looks elegant when you shine it up, but it sells for a song at flea markets and estate sales if you're not buying a matching set.
If you want to keep the load light, skip the bone china in favor of... vintage melamine or collectible Bandalasta plates and cups. They look lovelier than paper, but you won't break your back toting them to the car.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Vintage Coolers and Ice Chests
Instead of toting a new ice chest to your tailgate party, chill your edibles in a vintage cooler or two. The metal versions have lots of vintage charm, but it doesn't get much more retro than this red Skotch plaid cooler. The 1956 Dodge Sierra is pretty nifty too.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Vintage Thermos Collection
Thermoses come in handy for everything from cold cocktails to hot soups, which means you'll need more than one at your tailgate picnic. Instead of opting for new versions, start a collection of vintage thermoses. When you're not tailgating, they'll look charming displayed in your kitchen.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Vintage Tailgate Bar Finds
A good tailgate bar includes more than a tub full of tallboys and ice. Consider bringing a selection of spirits and/or a basket full of wines. And, don't forget to pack your favorite vintage cocktail tools.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Every tailgate party needs a thick stack of vintage flannel or wool blankets. Plaid is the traditional pattern of choice -- especially plaids in your team colors.
Use yours as a tablecloth on your lowered tailgate or as a picnic cloth spread on the ground. And, if the temperature drops, you can wrap yourself up in a blanket to keep warm.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Vintage Sports Pennants
Since you're skipping the face and body paint at your vintage-inspired tailgate party, you'll need some way to show your support in the stadium. Instead of opting for a foam finger, wave a vintage pennant while you cheer for your team.
But, before the game starts, use your vintage pennant collection as decorations for your tailgate buffet display.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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