You probably thought tailgating was a recent phenomena, not really. As far back as the civil war fans have gathered to cheer on their side. Would you believe that picnic baskets were packed and carried to cheer on the soldiers? The idea of people gathering together with food was believed to have started at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861. The locals on both sides gathered to cheer on both sides.
Texans claim the right to the tailgate portion by the invention of the chuck wagon for cowboys on the range. Charles Goodnight converted an old army wagon so he could prepare and cook food on the lowered gate where he placed a grill.
The origin of modern tailgating at sports events has as many theories as there are teams. Some fans never even enter the stadium. The Ivy League schools claim they started because you had to arrive so early to find parking since it was limited. Some of the ‘party schools’ claim the tradition because they know how to party.
Some tailgate parties start 5 hours prior to the event. According to Nationwide Insurance’s blog, 50 million tailgate each year spending over $12 billion! 35% of tailgaters never enter the stadium. True fans tailgate as many as 6-10 times a season, spending over $500 in food each season.
How many Elsa’s do you know this year? Seriously… is every little girl between the ages 2-4 going to be Elsa? I love it, and I’ve not even seen the movie Frozen yet (the power of having a little boy). Yesterday I attended an informal, free photo workshop and really enjoyed it. You could bring your kids and the photographer teaching the workshop would take a few pictures of them while giving you tips. My little guy was a tiger but there were at least two Elsa princesses in this small group!
The photographer gave me a few suggestions I thought I’d pass along before Halloween. One – don’t stress! As much fun as Halloween can be, it can also be stressful if you’re entertaining or trying to meet friends at a certain time. Getting everyone dressed and out the door can usually amount to an appropriate level of stress! If easier, snap a picture of your little one on a different day (have them play dress up). Two – don’t forget the detail. If your little guy is like mine, he’s not loving his costume (especially the tiger head). He may not give you that perfect picture of a scary but sweet tiger… BUT the tiger tail is adorable! If you can get him in the costume, snap a picture of him walking up to a door for candy and focus on the details of the costume like the tiger tail. Three – have your child look up. Not awkwardly so, but if you get on their level but slightly above, the child will have to look up as you’re taking the picture. This allows the light (assuming a good position) to reflect in their eyes and makes a better photo.
Halloween is Friday! What are you going to be? The kids or pets dressing up too? Gail’s Personalized Gifts wants to treat you guys! Shipping candy may prove difficult, so we’ve decided on treating you with a chance to win a free gift! The contest is quick and easy…
1) post a picture of your child, grandchild or pet in his/her costume (or from the pumpkin patch) to our Facebook page, 2) either enter your email address in a comment under the post or email us the picture in addition to your Facebook post and 3) like your photo on the Facebook page. It’s that easy! You have until 11 PM on Sunday, November 2 to post the picture and one randomly chosen winner will be announced on Monday morning (Nov. 3). The winner will be able to choose from one of the three gifts below (embroidery* and shipping are covered as well). Let us know if you have any questions. You don’t have to be a repeat customer to win… so tell all your friends about the giveaway too!
*Wood/Burlap Dog Plaques cannot be embroidered. One name or initial set is included for the bag or pillow.
My sister has a decorative sign in her living room that says ‘We interrupt this marriage to bring you football season.’ I’ve always loved that sign! Gail’s Personalized Gifts has been promoting a ‘Think Pink Sale‘ to do our part for Breast Cancer Awareness month. A percentage of each pink sale is donated to breast cancer research. While we will continue that sale through October 30, 2014 (so keep those orders coming in!), we interrupt this ‘Think Pink Sale’ to offer you a special, one day, 20% off sale on the featured products below.
This product line is from one of our most valued vendors. The featured sale products range from jewelry to scarves to cutting boards, and much more in between! Click here to see the full page of sale products. This is a hurry it up type of order… the sale starts at 12 AM and only lasts until 11 PM, EST on Friday, October 24, 2014. That’s tomorrow! Of course, email us if you have any questions on the products or placing an order.
A few of the products featured in the Oct 24 one day 20% off sale (see bit.ly/oct24sale for the full sale listing):
Tis the season for parties and events… I absolutely adore this time of year. I find we all go through various stages – the wedding stage, the baby stage, etc. and need appropriate gifts. Sometimes, those stages even come back around! Tis the season of baby showers for me (including one of my own).
You have your party outfit and food contribution selected; but what do you take the hostess? How many bottles of wine can you give someone before it gets old? What if they don’t drink? What in the world should you take to the boss’s Christmas party? Ha, in many cases I can vouch for personally increasing Google’s page position by blowing up the search bar for unique hostess gifts and great hostess gifts.
Being a retailer for beautiful, personalized gifts, we have amazing suggestions for you! Follow our Pinterest ‘best hostess gifts’ board to stay informed about elegant, seasonal gifts for the most discerning hostess. Let us help… we’ll ensure your hostess gift is thoughtful, unique and will never be forgotten!