Twist on a Tailgate

Fight on place seettingFootball season has arrived and one of our favorite events so far was the President’s Tailgate before the USC vs Stanford game.  Traditionally hosted in the afternoon, this year’s event was remained  as a relaxed family-style breakfast full of Trojan spirit.buttons

While some celebrations require a subtle approach, events to showcase school spirit or support of an organization demand to be lived out loud and colors and logos beg to be showcased.


For a large seated crowd, we love the drama of servers parading out to deliver platters of innovative food for the guests to share.  Tasking guests with passing the food serves as a great ice breaker for those who may not yet be friends and makes for easy conversation.  Family-style is a particular SLD favorite for rehearsal dinners-where you are introducing people from not only two families, but many different stages of life.

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Bloody Marys

Playing off the school colors, as well as the time of day, cocktail hour featured Bloody Mary’s with football garnish, Mimosas and Aqua Frescas in mango or pineapple while a coffee cart stood by Pastriesto create specialty coffees.

Once guests were seated, trays of house made pastries, french toast in shot glasses with syrup, yogurt & granola parfaits and early girl tomatoes filled with scrambled eggs were delivered and devoured!  The power breakfast strategy clearly worked as the Trojans scored a victory over The Farm later that afternoon. Fight on!

Crew at the BarAll photographs Mary Alessandra  Event Design Sarah Lucas Designs
Tent + Furnishings Classic Party Rentals    Catering Palace Cafe

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