The practice of tailgating is most closely associated with football, but the truth is that tailgating parties take place at all kinds of events from baseball games to NASCAR races. So get your sports party invitations and more specifically, football party invitations, sent out and throw a party! Sporting events and now even concerts have become perfect excuses to get together before the event and have a tailgate party. As you are setting up your party in the parking lot or adjacent field, here are some Tailgate, tips for your pre-game party.
Here’s a checklist to help you remember all, your tailgating essentials:
- Tarps, ropes, chairs, tables, seat cushions – some
- of those stadium seats are pretty hard
- Weather protection – sunscreen, layered clothing or an umbrella, you need to check ahead on the weather conditions and be prepared.
- Tablecloths and table weights to keep your table from tipping!
- Team decorations. Don’t forget the face paint in team colors
- The Grill!
- Charcoal, lighter fluid, matches or lighter, cooking utensils, pot holders
- Can opener – you don’t want to be caught without one
- Cork Screw – just in case you prefer wine to beer
- Insect repellent, (if seasonally appropriate)
- Napkins, paper towels, tissues, etc.
- Serving trays and serving utensils
- Forks and spoons, paper or plastic plates, cups,
- Ice, cooler, condiments, salt, and pepper
- Aluminum foil – for cooking, if needed, and for left over storage
- Trash bags for cleanup, plastic storage bags for leftovers too
- Water to wash your hands and to douse hot coals in your grill before loading it up when the tailgate party is done.
- Binoculars and camera
- Beverages (beer, wine, water, soda, etc.)
- And, of course, the food!!
In an effort to make the most of your tailgating event, prepare as much of the food as possible ahead of time. You definitely don’t want run low on food so plan for a little extra. Guests appetites may be bigger than you had planned and you also may have unexpected guests stop in at your party. You can also suggest that your fellow tailgaters bring a small side dish to share.
Consider serving finger foods or foods served in bowls such as chili and soups. Since you’ll be outside, you want the food to be as easy to eat as possible. Include side items such as salads, sandwich spreads, salsa and chips and veggies and dip. Cookies, cupcakes and brownies are also easier to serve than cakes and pies. If the weather is going to be cold you may want to bring coffee and hot cocoa.
Keep this tailgate party checklist handy to be sure you have not forgotten anything. We hope you found these tips helpful. Go Team! If you have a great tailgate party tip you’d like to share, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org