Top Tips for Planning a Tailgate Party

One of the best parts about football season may not even be watching your favorite team play, it might simply be the tailgating party! There's nothing better than gathering with your crew to cheer on your team. From the good food, to the fun drinks, to the games, a tailgating party is sure to be a great time. In order to help you plan a touchdown of a gathering, we've compiled some of our top tips for your upcoming event.

1. Plan Your Menu and Make a List of Supplies

Make sure you are set up for success by knowing how many guests you are expecting, and planning your menu accordingly. You will also want to add plenty of supplies to your grocery list! Plates, napkins, silverware and drinkware are all needed for a great meal. You can even have your guests bring their own drinkware to keep your tailgate party sustainable!

A few must-have supplies from the tailgate pros:

  • Hand sanitizer and/or wet wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • A large plastic tub for dirty dishes
  • Small folding tables
  • Stadium chairs
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic tarps
  • Blankets
  • Hand warmers
  • Coolers
  • Rain ponchos
  • Plastic zip bags

2. Set Up Your Grill

If one thing has to be the star of your tailgate party, it's the food! Everyone looks forward to enjoying tailgate party favorites such as hot dogs, burgers and snacks. Make sure your grill is ready to go and you have the perfect grilling accessories for a touchdown worthy meal.

A few must-have grilling accessories:

  • Basting brush
  • Insulated gloves
  • Spatulas
  • Grill scraper
  • Grill basket
  • Grill Mat


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3. Show Your Team Pride!

After all, the meaning behind the party is to show your love for your favorite team! Make sure your tailgate is spruced up with team spirit for all of your guests to enjoy. A few ways to decorate your tailgate zone are colored tablecloths, banners, face paint and signs.

To set up a winning tailgate party, be sure to have:

  • Face paint
  • Banners or Signs
  • Colored napkins 
  • Tablecloths
  • Foam fingers
  • Team pendants
  • Team apparel
  • Headwear or mittens/gloves for inclement weather


4. Provide Games and Entertainment

To make sure your tailgate stays upbeat and exciting, planning some games and including music is a must! Use your favorite portable speaker to blast your gameday tunes, and yard games are a great way to keep people entertained. Try games such as bean bag toss, passing a football around, or rope toss to tune into your competitive side! You can also include friendly competitions throughout the party. Contest ideas include: Corn Hole or Four Square tournament, face painting, biggest fan, and best chili or dip!

5. Have Fun and Enjoy!

Now that you are all set up, the guests are arriving, and the game has begun, make sure to enjoy yourself! No matter if your team wins or loses, spending time with your team or friends and family is always a winning combination. 


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