Aug 122012
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Need Some Backyard Tailgating Ideas?

I know I’ve mentioned a few times that we are big football fans around here; when you live in Kentucky, it’s almost a requirement.  We love it in all it’s forms: from high school, to college, to the pros.  Bubbles even attended her first game before she was born!

Blank Backyard Canvas Perfect for a Dream Tailgating Spot #SummerWithSears

Great space for Bubbles to, well, chase some bubbles! But needs a little work before it’s a Backyard Dream Tailgating spot!

Along with football, though, comes another fun activity that we enjoy – and that’s tailgating!  And just because you can’t actually get to every game it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on tailgating; you just home-gate, instead.  We have a good blank canvas (as you can see above) for backyard tailgating at our new place, but it needs a few things to jazz it up a bit first.

I was browsing our local Sears ad online the other day and I decided to click around to see if they had any end-of-summer sales.  They actually have three nice ones:

  • 30% off all Patio Furniture and Decor
  • Save $500 on Ty Pennington Style Halston 4-piece seating
  • ALL grills on Sale

Sears Outdoor Catalog #SummerWithSears #SearsPatio Tailgating Ideas

The sales prompted me to start looking around the Sears site a bit more to see if I could find items to purchase for tailgating season.  The more I looked, the more I found that I like, and eventually I realized I had quite a wish list going.  I might not be able to afford it all right now, but a girl can dream, right?  At least when we’re ready to purchase, I’ll have an idea of what we need and want.

Compare grills for tailgating #SummerWithSears

It’s hard not to dream when the Sears Outdoor Catalog displays the patio sets, grills, and more in such an inspiring way!  It also has a lot of useful information, like the Grill Quick Reference Guide above.  Compare cooking area, BTUs, number of burners and more, all in one place.  I’m definitely printing that out for when we’re ready to get our grill.

Design the perfect backyard space for tailgating #SummerWithSears

I also stumbled across the Sears Style Hub – and ended up losing about an hour to their design simulator.  Seriously – it’s awesome.  You can choose different “floor” textures like backyard, patio, and deck.  Then you can choose from a limited amount of actual Sears merchandise and practice your layout.  It really gave me a feel for what we could fit back there and how it would all look together.  In addition to the design program,  you can take a quiz to find your outdoor style which will help guide you to selecting pieces to purchase.

Lighted Grill Gazebo for Backyard Tailgating #SummerWithSears

For tailgating a grill is pretty much a requirement, so that’s where I started looking first.  While looking for the grill I found a cool branding tool for your meat that says UK on it (for the University of Kentucky – go Cats!) which would be a neat little extra.  I also found a very cool lighted grill gazebo.  It’s a little pricey (at least you’d earn a ton – 9000! – of Shop Your Way Rewards points) but really very practical, especially for Kentucky.  It has been known to be both 20 and 100 degrees on the same day here, so having a covered area for those pop-up storms would be nice.  And lights so you can see to grill late into the game would be awesome!



Backyard Dream Tailgate Party #SummerWithSears

I found so many other things that I would love to have in my dream backyard tailgating spot that I decided to put together a Polyvore board to show them all off.  Polyvore is an easy way to collect all your favorite elements in one spot so that you can then share them.  You can see everything on my Polyvore board, plus other items I liked but didn’t quite make the cutoff, here in my Google+ Album.

Here’s the full list of all the items that made it onto my dream board.  You can click the thumb’s up to show me which of my backyard dream pieces you like, too!  I’d also love to hear what else you’d include for tailgating this #SummerWithSears; I can always use the extra inspiration.

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Keep in touch with Sears on Twitter and Facebook for sale updates, style suggestions and more.  If you love to grill, you’ll want to check out the Grilling Is Happiness website (they’re on Twitter, too!).

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sears. #CBias #SocialFabric  All opinions, as always, are 100% that of myself and my family.

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  15 Responses to “Football Season Is Just Around The Corner! Get Inspired Backyard Tailgating Ideas This #SummerWithSears”

  1. You have amazing taste and I love all the ways you have shared the things you found through Sears!

  2. Love the garden oasis fountain!

  3. We’re actually in the market for a smaller gas grill for our patio and Sears sounds like the perfect place to find one and some other goodies for me!

  4. The backyard planner tool is pretty cool!

  5. Love the selections you shared! I could totally get lost shopping for what I want my back yard to have!

  6. What fun! That Grill Gazebo looks out of this world! I love checking out the outdoor furniture every time I am at Sears! Definitely fun and awesome stuff!

  7. Thanks for the great ideas. Now I can’t wait till it’s time to tailgate!

  8. I love the ideas! I love that you chose solar lighting and that gazebo is A-waitforit-MAZING!

  9. I love some of the items that you featured in your post. I totally want to give my backyard a makeover.

  10. I am so blown away by all of the great stuff Sears has for the outdoors.

  11. I’m keeping an eye on that grill – great find!

  12. I love the back yard planner. And I love the picture of her chasing the bubbles :)

  13. I’m so excited for football season! We will have our own house this year so we will have lots of “tailgating” in our back yard. We just have to find my hubby a nice grill and some furniture for our yard.
    I will DEFINITELY be using their back yard planner. How cool is that?!

  14. boy does that take catalog envy to a whole new level!

  15. I love that gazebo! I want one. My husband is a huge football fan but I’m just a fan of the tailgating/homegating part of it all. I didn’t know Sears carried those brands for your meat. That’s awesome!

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