With college and professional football season upon us, throngs of fun-loving fans will partake in tailgates and house parties to cheer on their favorite teams…while eating and imbibing, of course. Score a touchdown for your next football-focused bash with the help of these crowd-pleasing products sure to score points with your pals:
Picnic Time Football Portable Charcoal Grill (www.Wayfair.com) - $89.95
The Football Portable Grill by Picnic Time is a lightweight football-shaped-and-colored charcoal barbecue grill that looks great and cooks up a mean barbecue! Two long side handles on the grill's base and a tall handle on the lid provides excess space to keep hands far from hot surfaces while an adjustable vent allows you to control the air flow. The grill's legs sit flush on any surface to help keep the grill steady. Perfect for tailgating, beach barbecues, and camping, the Picnic Time Football Portable Charcoal Grill is perfect for any football fan. The grill is easy to clean with mild dishwashing detergent or baking soda and comes with a limited lifetime guarantee.
Charcoal Companion Football 3 Piece BBQ Tool Set (www.Wayfair.com) - $41.50
If you're going to grill, you need the right tools for the job, of course. If you're a diehard football fan, ordinary BBQ tools just won’t do. The Charcoal Companion Football 3 Piece BBQ Tool Set are fun, functional and reflective that you are a true fan of the game. Each piece in this fun set features a football textured grip with stitching on the handle. The spatula head has a gridiron design, the grill brush head is a football shape and the tong heads have a helmet design! These stainless steel BBQ tools are rust resistant and have a one-year manufacturer's warranty.
FANMATS NFL Fan Branding Tool (www.Wayfair.com) - $13.50
FANMATS NFL Fan Brand turns grilling into a contact sport. Brand your favorite team's logo on your meat, bread, or veggies with this nifty grilling accessory. Simply place your Fan Brand on your grill, allow it to heat up to 500 F, apply some olive oil or non-stick spray and then place your food over the Fan Brand to sear the logo onto the food’s surface. The Fan Brand is made of high conductivity metal alloy and is dishwasher safe, measuring two inches square, half an inch thick, and weighing one pound. This officially licensed product is a fun way to jazz up your grilling and make your mark for your team.
Boardwalk Food Company Beer Bread (www.BoardwalkFoodCo.com) - $7.99
Beer isn’t just for drinking! You can also use this staple football party libation as an ingredient to make delicious freshly baked bread perfect for sandwiches, dipping and snacking. Boardwalk Food Company offers an assortment of Beer Bread that each comes in an adorable Boardwalk-inspired box that includes everything you need. Simply open a beer, pour, stir, bake, and enjoy! In just 55-60 minutes you can bake beer bread perfection. Current flavor offerings include: Original, Cornbread, Lemon-Poppy Seed and Rosemary Sea Salt. Boardwalk Food Company’s Beer Bread is fun to prepare, simple to make, and delicious enough to share with family and friends—even those who “don’t drink” since the alcohol is cooked off in the baking process.
Wincraft NFL Snack Helmet (www.Wayfair.com) - $55.00
What better way to show your team pride and serve up football party snacks than with an officially licensed snack helmet. The top of the helmet opens up to reveal a large container perfect for your favorite potato or tortilla chips. Two smaller compartments in the facemask are ideal for anything from sauces and dips to smaller sized snacks such as nuts or small candies. The plastic containers are dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe (for warming only), and made in the good ol' U.S. of A. The helmet comes with a matching lid so when you're not using it to serve snacks, it makes a fun and festive display item for your home or man cave.
Create UR Plate (CreateUrPlate.com) - $1.99 per “Plate-Able”
Impress your guests at your next tailgate party with plates emblazoned with your favorite team's name and logo, or even a personal photograph, with Create UR Plate—the first and only cost-effective way to have totally customizable dinnerware. By using transparent glass or disposable plates and innovative, patent-approved, reusable decals called “Plate-Ables,” Create UR Plate provides the ability to create a personalized table-setting that fits not just football but also any event, mood or style, at an economical price point. In addition to cost savings, Create UR Plate provides space savings. Rather than trying to store entire plate settings for every holiday and occasion throughout the year, you can simply change the design by peeling one Plate-Able off and applying it.
Spell-It-Out Photos Football Letter Art Décor (www.spellitoutphotos.com) - $68
If you are an invited guest to a football party, don’t forget a gift for the host or hostess! Perfect for the occasion is football-themed letter art panoramic prints from Spell-It-Out Photos—a definite conversation piece at any gathering. The unique feature about these pieces of art is that each letter of the alphabet is created from football-related imagery: equipment, field, or gear. Use the letters to spell out FOOTBALL or your favorite team’s name. They are a great decoration on the wall or can be positioned to add a festive look to a football party food or beverage table. The framed artwork, which can be hung or can stand on its own, is 1" thick solid wood with a beautiful luster finish. Hang it on the way, position it next to your game day chili on the buffet table or display it on the mantel by the TV. Spell-It-Out Photos has over 1200 images to choose from and offers products from greeting cards to large framed pieces.
Football Cocktail Shaker (www.StoneCask.com) - $29.99
Quarterback your next get-together with the Football Cocktail Shaker from Stone Cask. This unique 24 ounce shaker is made from premium stainless steel and includes a silicone kickoff tee-styled stand for easy use and a winning presentation. The Football Cocktail Shaker has a four-piece design featuring silicone-lined tops for an easy-to-remove and leak-proof experience. The sleek football design is great for display in any house, bar, or tailgate party. Measuring 6.4 inches tall by 4 inches wide, the Football Shaker is made to scale but is a little over half the size of a real football. It comes with a two-year warranty.
Cathy’s Concepts Tailgate Backpack Cooler with Seat (www.Wayfair.com) - $41.41
Tailgating on-the-go has never been easier than with Cathy’s Concepts Tailgate Backpack Cooler with Seat. Fashioned in heavy duty 600D polyester and equipped for packing, carrying, and relaxing, this unique 3-in-1 insulated tote and chair hybrid makes transporting game day refreshments—and copping a squat—simpler than ever. Beyond football, make all of your outdoor activities more enjoyable, from picnicking and hiking to park play and beach time. With its versatility, the custom travel tote features a U-Shaped zipper closure for easy access to the interior, an exterior water bottle pocket, two cushioned backpack straps with adjustable grips and a durable metal frame to accompany the fabric seat that’ll let you sit down and rest wherever you may be. And when play time is over, simply fold up this collapsible cooler flat for safe and easy storage.
Light 'n Go Bonfire (www.HomeDepot.com) - $9.99 - $13.99
Up the wow quotient at your next tailgate or backyard party with the Light ‘n Go Bonfire, a fun, highly portable alternative to firewood and manufactured fire logs. This patented product takes the guesswork out of setup with an embedded wick enabling users to light the log with just one match, avoiding the need for kindling or starters. The Light ‘n Go Bonfire contains a handle for easy portability and can be burned virtually anywhere, including a fireplace, chiminea, fire pit or on top of a grill. It is also 100 percent natural, chemical-free and safe to cook over and provides 1.5 hours of burn time. If you're looking for more fire power, the Jumbo Bonfire offers more than 2.5 hours of burn time. Made of beautiful white birch, the Light ‘n Go Bonfire looks great for entertaining, even when it's not lit.
BACtrack Vio Mobile Breathalyzer (www.BACtrack.com) - $49.99
Where there's a football party, there's usually beer or other alcohol. But how do you know when it's safe to get behind the wheel…or to let your guest’s drive? When the party's over, BACtrack Vio quickly and accurately measures your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Perfect for testing on-the-go, the mobile breathalyzer wirelessly connects to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth Smart. The compact device is the size of a USB flash drive and conveniently hooks to your keys, making it easy to have on-hand for testing anytime. After syncing to your mobile device, the companion app allows you to track your BAC over time, log your drinks and keep your results private or share on social media. To gain insight about your drinking habits, guess your BAC and see how it compares to your result, and with ZeroLine get an estimate of when your BAC will return to 0.00%.
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