Alright, football fans, the long-awaited season is here, so call up your fellow fanatics to tell them you are hosting your annual watch party or tailgate. Wow the crowd with these touchdown-worthy tailgating party tips.
Start With a Plan
Every good event starts with a well-thought-out plan. If you decide you are going to “wing it”, it will show. Plan out your menu, gather your equipment, and make sure you have a proper internet connection to stream the games all day long.
Choose Your Menu
If you are planning to grill on-site, prep and marinate the meat the night before. If you are making any dips or casseroles, whip those up on game day-eve as well. As far as what you are having, make sure you have a mixture of sweet and salty, appetizers, entrees, and snacks to chow down on all day long. Of course, it’s no party without a few desserts.
Be First to Claim Your Spot
If you are heading to a tailgate spot, be sure to ask another car to meet you and help you mark off your tailgating territory. And let’s be honest, the campus is going to be crowded on game day, so bring along some helium balloons in bright colors so your friends and family can locate you from a mile away.
Hot and Cold
You worked hard prepping all of that delicious food, so make sure you keep the hot food hot and the cold food cold. To keep dishes warm, Rockcrocks will do the trick, and for cold foods, pack plenty of coolers.
For the Grill Master
If you plan to grill at the tailgate, don’t just wing it. Make sure you have the following items on deck:
- Insulated Gloves
- Grill Scraper
- Basting Brush
- Grill Basket
- Grill Mat
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Be a Good Host
Now it’s time to enjoy and cheer on your team to victory! Be sure to offer your friends and family a plate of food, turn up the radio to hype up your squad, and have everyone play a friendly game of cornhole.
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