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Delicious and Easy Homegating Ideas and Recipes

November 13, 2020
by Michael

Furniture and Home Accents

Homegating is the new tailgating. As we spend more time at home this year, there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy some of the activities we still love. We just have to get a bit creative.

I’m excited to share some ideas and recipes for tailgating at home. On a recent visit to HomeGoods I picked up some cozy supplies, entertaining essentials, and some tasty snacks to create a little homegating moment at home.

HOMEGATING DECOR:

When it comes to creating homegating festivities at home, keep it simple and keep it cozy. That’s exactly what I did here.

Truth be told, I’m not a big sports fan, however, I’m always up for styling an entertaining moment at home. While I kept my decor more stylish and team neutral, you can take it to the next level by using the colors of your favorite team or even hanging some of their merchandise around the space.

One thing that I do recommend is having enough seating for those enjoying the game. Floor pillows and ottomans (like this rust-colored one I found at HomeGoods) are a great option. As you can see here, sturdy ottomans can also double as a place to hold your snack.

Heading on to snacks, I snagged a few new plates and bowls for the ocassion. The kitchen and entertaining section of HomeGoods is one of my favorite places to shop. This blue platter and bowl immediately caught my attention. I thought they were so unique and very on trend.

To that, I added in some vintage and new trophies as decor to match my theme. In fact, the largest trophy was a HomeGoods find I scored this past spring. It’s one of my favorite pieces.

Last but not least, I recommend a few throws and blankets for your homegating entertaining. It’s great to have these around so people can get really cozy and comfortable. And should you not have enough seating, it makes sitting on the floor a little more inviting.

Now that we have the space ready, let me share two new easy recipes inspired by some goodies I found in the gourmet section at HomeGoods.

HOMEGATING RECIPES:

I’m always looking for ideas as I stroll through the gourmet aisles at HomeGoods. On this trip I picked up some cashews, spices, and olive oil. Yes, you can find all of these at HomeGoods. In fact, it’s my go-to source for these types of items.

After I picked up a few other ingredients at the grocery store, I was ready to whip up a batch of my Seasoned and Roasted Cashews.

Everyone seems to love these and they make the perfect complement to any entertaining spread. Let me walk you through the recipe.

Seasoned and Roasted Cashews
serves 24

Ingredients:
2 lbs cashews (unroasted and unsalted)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 packets Ranch seasoning
1 tablespoon dried dill
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Begin by preheating your oven to 200 degrees F.

Add the cashews to a large bowl. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Toss with a spatula to evenly coat.

Sprinkle with the two packets of Ranch seasoning, dried dill, cayenne pepper, and salt. Again, toss with a spatula to evenly distribute the seasonings.

Spread the cashews out onto a large baking sheet and place in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Let the cashews cool before packing in an airtight container.

To go along with my seasoned and roasted cashews, I put together a quick cheeseboard. One way to dress up a basic cheeseboard is to add in some herbs and fruit. Here I tucked in a few sprigs of rosemary, a pile of grapes, and a little dish of pomegranate seeds.

If you’re looking for even more game day treats, check out this post HERE. Over on my blog, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite recipes.

Next up, let’s talk about the cocktail I created. I found a 4-pack of ginger beer and a 4-pack of root beer. I picked up both, but ultimately decided to go with the root beer.

I love taking classic recipes and giving them a new twist. So that’s exactly what I did here. I made Root Beer White Russians and boy are they delish.

Here’s how to make them:

Root Beer White Russians
makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
1 ounce coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
1 ounce vodka
2 ounces root beer
1 ounce heavy cream
ice and straw for serving

Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the coffee liqueur, vodka, and root beer. Top with heavy cream. Insert a straw. (I found these reusable gold straws at HomeGoods!)

For a layered look, serve the cocktail as is and allow your guest to mix it themselves. Or. if you choose, mix with a spoon to evenly combine.

And with all of that I’d say we’re ready for the big game!

I hope these delicious and easy homegating ideas and recipes inspired you to create a little tailgating moment at home.

Have fun and enjoy!

Michael Wurm Jr. is a paid blogger and founder of the popular lifestyle blog, Inspired by Charm, where he shares his love for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, entertaining inspiration, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide tools and tips for everyone to live a happy, colorful life. You can also find Michael on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.