Tailgating with Pumpkins

A Pumpkin Tailgate reprisal from last Fall~

Cooler temperatures make for perfect tailgate & picnic weather~

My husband got a new/old 1985 jeep that’s been restored. . .

. . . now a Sky Blue color, like Ronald Reagan’s CJ-8 he used on his ranch.

He kept the original tailgate color for comparison~

Of course, my response that his jeep was so “cute” when I first saw it, was NOT the proper adjective. . .

. . . for a 1985  Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler with a crate 350 motor, NV 4500 transmission, Dana transfer case, and Dana front and rear axles. . .

. . .but I still say it’s cute, especially decorated with pumpkins :)


My husband failed appreciate my feminine touches & the accessorizing of his Jeep. . .

But I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the pumpkins in contrast to the Warn Winch’s durable 3-stage planetary geartrain and operation series-wound, high-speed motor~ especially when it makes my husband squirm :-)


Any views or opinions presented (ie, pumpkins on hood of jeep & girly pillows . . .) are solely those of the author and contradict/go against this Jeep owner’s core beliefs, values and all he holds dear, do not necessarily represent those of the Jeep owner/driver husband :-)

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  38 comments for “Tailgating with Pumpkins

  1. October 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    You made me laugh out loud with this one! That jeep is just adorable. I definitely think it should qualify for Met Monday, too! I hope your husband got to enjoy some yummy picnic treats for his suffering?

  2. October 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    oh we think alike… i wanted to do the same idea. except your car is cuter, and better colors, and you already did it! BUT MY SMILES ARE HUGE! I LOVE THIS! we have a jeep, in about 80 rusted red pieces like yours… perhaps when junkyard picnics are in vogue i can give it a whirl~

    what a gorgeous days, you shots could not be any more enticing, crystal clear, darn fun country living! and to think i was always jealous of your water, you even make dirt better!

    beautiful day, wonderful post and happy jeeping!

  3. October 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    These are magazine worthy! You sound so happy..and Jeepy:)

  4. October 20, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Oh this is wonderful, Mary! I love it all!

  5. October 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    My goodness, you really do tailgating up right! I’m especially impressed that you thought to pack a pumpkin and large pot of mums to beautify your spread! Lovely!

  6. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    October 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, and he’ll get over it:@)

  7. October 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Oh how adorable! Now that’s my kind of tailgaiting! I love how you pulled out all the stops for this one! Those quilts and baskets are fabulous! I love how colorful everything is and coordinates so well with the blue of the new jeep! Congrats!

  8. October 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Yes that is one CUTE jeep!!! I am a jeep girl at heart and love the idea of tailgating out of the back of one. Your setting and details are perfect. as usual.

  9. Carolyn
    October 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Hey David,
    That is one hell of a manly vehicle! How could she. What size are those
    sturdy tires?

  10. October 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I am dying laughing about your husband’s mortification! LOL! What we do to those we love for the sake of tablescaping! Loved yours by the way. This is the cutest tailgate ever! Tell me truthfully, did you really eat??? ;-)

    Loved it. Loved the quilts, the pumpkins, and all the accoutrements. Great job!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday…


    Sheila :-)

  11. October 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    How fun!! Love the jeep and the picnic extravaganza!!

    Kay Ellen

  12. October 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    This is just one of those GREAT posts that speaks right to me!! I LOVE everything about it…and I mean EVERYTHING!! That jeep is CUTE (sorry hubby!) and the field that is the perfect spot for your picnic looks wonderful!! All of your details and the wondeful color and foods! We share some same treasures…the quilt and the flatware! I may have to try and recreate your beautiful day for my family…minus the jeep! :) Fav picture is with the sham on the front with the pumpkins…just makes the jeep look alive and full of personality! Thanks for sharing this special treat! I linked a little tea picnic! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  13. October 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Mary, you truly amaze me with your creative energy. Every detail about this “tailgate” picnic is perfection. I was smiling all the way through and then I came to the hood photo. You don’t skip a beat! Love the grassy field, the quilts, the basket, the rusty jeep piece, the cookies, . . . Oh, what fun it must be to live around you! ~ sarah

  14. October 20, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Could we tailgate together?? This is awesome…

  15. October 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    This is straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad! Love the colors and your shots, especially those pumpkins on the hood! Kudos to you for a job very well done! Jules

  16. October 21, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Perfection…right out of a magazine! Love it all!! So fun.


  17. October 21, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Wow!!! As a Kansas City Chiefs fan (Go Chiefs!!!), I know a lot about tailgating. This is beautiful!!! Really great job!

  18. October 21, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Well Jeepers ;o) This is my idea of tailgating! My hubby surprised me with a new Jeep for my 50th birthday recently, so I see from your post that the Jeep has yet another use! I will never forget this post.

    P.S. I love your furry friends in the boating with dogs photo!

  19. October 21, 2010 at 6:11 am

    This is so beautiful. I want to come next time!

  20. October 21, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Jain said “you even make dirt better! ” LOL MEGA DITTO!

    Mary, I have been unable to comment on any of your postings until now due to a computer virus & myself being infected, too. All is well now & I’m thrilled to be able to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed seeing all your autumn photos. This jeep adventure is just spectacular! You gathered so many wonderful items & I can just hear your DH’s groans!!!! Too funny!

    I hope to be able to keep up better now that things are fixed.

  21. Judy R
    October 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Loved it! Beautiful and well done. Great use for a jeep. Gave me an idea to set up our vintage corvette like that and take pictures.

  22. October 21, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Wow! Looks like it was photographed for a magazine! Love the quilt, pillows, fall decor and the food looks absolutely yummy!
    The day couldn’t have been more gorgeous! Love the color of a fall sky!

  23. October 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Your post is the best…fun, romantic and it has a jeep involved. I am a jeep girl, I love my pumpkin orange jeep. I love your post, everything about it, I agree with what the other comments say. And I am going to have to do this for a date with my husband! Thanks for the idea…I hope you don’t mind if I use it!?! I do have one question…I have never heard of Pumpkin ale…what is it?

  24. October 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

    This post just made my morning! My husband would have the same reaction if I embellished his Toyota Tundra with take on a tailgate picnic. Your take on tailgaiting is gorgeous, by the way. Thank you for sharing your wonderful design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

  25. Leigh
    October 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    My David is going to FREAK OUT when he sees that Jeep!!! Love it.

  26. October 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! I kept scrolling up and down, looking at the colours and the warmth and the tempting picnic! And I’m sorry, but that Jeep IS cute :-)

  27. October 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Astonishment of how they restore that jeep.

    Absolutely perfect. See! it give you the most beautiful & most original settings I seen this week.


    Happy TS, Lady & enjoy the week-end ahead.

  28. Jo
    October 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I love this picnic!…looks like an adventure!….so creative!

  29. October 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Okay, that is just adorable!

  30. October 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    How fun is that? Perfect setting for an outdoor party. You thought of everything, down to the Pumpkin ale.

  31. Little David
    October 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    This is an amazing jeep! Definitely one of the classics and certainly not cute. I know some trails if you want to take it mudding… just messing with ya.

    Little Dave

  32. Ann
    October 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Come on David – I’m sure you just love your Jeep covered, smothered and chunked!!!

  33. October 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Mary… Oooh, my heart went all skippy-thumpy looking and reading through this beautiful tailgate party! I love EVERYTHING down to the last detail. Couldn’t help but SMILE all the way through.

    I’m going to be spending a little time here, soaking up all of the gorgeous details, and dreaming I’m right there. Thank you for sharing all that you do. You are SO immensely creative and talented. Please put a book together, notecards, calendars, etc. etc. I would be first in line to purchase them. Truly.

  34. October 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I love your set up. So inviting. Beautiful pictures, too.

  35. October 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Oh, your poor hubby is upset, but I think this is wonderful! And I don’t know what all those things are that the jeep has, but I do agree that it is the CUTEST little thing! And so pretty in blue! I also love those striped glasses and the matching pitcher! What a fun picnic! Enjoy your new vehicle! Linda

  36. October 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    This is one of my MOST favorite posts EVAH!!! We are a Jeep family…and currently my husband and I both have one! We LOVE them…but yours…is so CUTE and ADORABLE!!! Sorry to your husband, but it IS!!! Your tablescape is just fabulous…really, truly amazing!!!

    AWESOME doesn’t even begin to describe your talent!! LOVE it!!

  37. October 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    BeSt!*!*! Just FaB Vignette… LoVe that Rusty Truck Tailgate & I most certainly want one of those “Leaf Cookies”!!!
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  38. Linda@Coastal Charm
    October 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I will be tailgating on Saturday…I’m so going to add a pumpkin or two and some mums.


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