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How to Elevate Your Tailgate This Fall

Host a stress-free and fashionable gathering (football watching not required).
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Elizabeth Lavin

How to Elevate Your Tailgate This Fall

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Whether you’re watching the game with a few friends or just wanting to enjoy a safe but stylish backyard gathering, Popovers + Peonies can take the hassle out of socially distant party planning. Founded by a trio of UNT grads, the new Dallas-based outdoor event company curates cozy, Instagram-worthy picnics in your backyard or public park. Choose from several packages or work with them to design a custom setup. All supplies, like décor, plates, and flatware, are sanitized thoroughly before the event, and each table is set up to ensure that guests from different households are more than six feet apart. Learn more at Popovers + Peonies.

Incense burner ($28/Ettiene Market); William Yeoward footed rose bowl ($195/Neiman Marcus)

Backyard Buzzkill

You’re enjoying your evening al fresco when, suddenly, you get the itch—and not the good kind. Mosquitos can ruin any outdoor gathering, as can the many unsexy ways—greasy sprays, violent zappers, overpowering citronella—we commonly use to keep them at bay. Ettiene Market’s Coryanne Ettiene suggests a more natural and appealing alternative: “Palo Santo oils and resin smell toxic to mosquitos, so they avoid it,” she says. Available in several forms in her brick-and-mortar stores and ecommerce site, Ettiene advises: “Toss the chips in to an outdoor fireplace, burn the incense in your potted plants for a hidden waft of Palo, or light the sticks in pretty trays surrounding your table to create a wall of protection from these flying pests.”

Home is Where the Happy Hour Is

Has the novelty of being your own mixologist in recent months worn off? Try these to-go cocktail options that make it easy to serve, sip, and repeat.

The People’s Last Stand This Mockingbird Station staple’s cocktail kits include all the tools and specialty ingredients you need (read: house-infused spirits and syrups) to master their otherwise difficult-to-replicate, heavily R&D-ed recipes at home.

Bowen House The customization component that an expert mixologist brings to the high-top can be sorely lacking from most DIY alternatives. Enter Bowen House’s bespoke-style cocktail kits, which are tailored to your preferences with custom add-ons and alternatives.

Drinks (from $15/Grange Hall)

Grange Hall While you can order any of Grange Hall’s daily-changing menu items and cocktails for pick-up, we love their themed dinner-and-drinks to-go pairings for elevated date nights at home. Check Instagram for the latest offerings.

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