Tailgating, Tailgate Food

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* 9 Tips for Planning a Legendary Tailgate Party

Planning a tailgate party can be a lot of fun, but it also requires some organization and preparation to make sure everything goes smoothly. Here are some tips on how to plan a successful day of Tailgating:

  1. Choose a location: The first step in planning a tailgate party is deciding where to have it. Many people choose to tailgate in the parking lot of a sports stadium, but you can also have a tailgate party in a park or other outdoor location. Consider factors like accessibility, parking availability, and proximity to restrooms when selecting a location.

  2. Set up a tent or canopy: A tent or canopy can provide shade and shelter from the elements, making it more comfortable for guests to enjoy the party. Make sure to set up your tent or canopy in a location that is easy for guests to access and that provides plenty of space for people to sit and socialize.

  3. Bring all the necessary supplies and equipment: There are a few essential items that you'll need to have on hand at your tailgate party. These include:

  • Grills: If you plan on cooking food at your tailgate party, you'll need to bring a grill and enough charcoal or propane to last the entire event.

  • Coolers: You'll need coolers to keep drinks and perishable food items cold. Make sure to bring enough ice to keep everything chilled throughout the party.

  • Tables and chairs: Tables and chairs can provide a comfortable place for guests to sit and eat, as well as a surface for setting out food and drinks.

  • Trash bags and cleaning supplies: Make sure to bring enough trash bags to keep the area clean and tidy, as well as cleaning supplies like wipes and hand sanitizer.

  1. Plan your menu: Tailgate parties are all about the food, so it's important to plan a menu that will satisfy your guests. Consider serving a mix of savory and sweet items, as well as options for different dietary needs. Some classic tailgate party foods include burgers, hot dogs, wings, dips, and chips. You can also include healthier options like veggie skewers and fruit platters.

  2. Invite guests and spread the word: Once you've got all the logistics sorted out, it's time to invite your guests and spread the word about your tailgate party. You can invite people through email, social media, or by sending out physical invitations. Make sure to provide guests with all the necessary information, such as the location, date, and time of the party, as well as any specific instructions or requests.

  3. Set up a tailgate playlist: Music can really set the mood at a tailgate party, so it's a good idea to create a playlist in advance. You can use a streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music, or you can create a playlist on your phone or laptop. Make sure to include a mix of upbeat and energetic songs to get everyone in the party spirit.

  4. Consider decorations: Decorations can really add to the atmosphere of a tailgate party and help to create a cohesive theme. Some ideas for tailgate party decorations include streamers, balloons, and banners in team colors, as well as tablecloths, napkins, and other tabletop decor.

  5. Don't forget the games: Tailgate parties are a great opportunity to play some outdoor games, such as cornhole, horseshoes, or ladder golf. You can also bring along some indoor games like card games or board games in case of inclement weather.

  6. Follow proper tailgate party etiquette: It's important to be a good neighbor at a tailgate party and respect the space and privacy of others.

In conclusion, planning a successful tailgate party requires a little bit of organization and preparation. By choosing a good location, setting up a tent or canopy, and bringing all the necessary supplies and equipment, you can create a comfortable and enjoyable space for your guests. Don't forget to plan a tasty menu, invite your guests, and set up some music and decorations to help create the right atmosphere. And finally, make sure to follow proper tailgate party etiquette to be a good neighbor and respect the space and privacy of others. With a little bit of planning, your tailgate party is sure to be a hit!  If you'd like to go a little deeper into what truly makes tailgating special - check out our post here.  


For more tips like this, check out our Ultimate Guide to Tailgating!

Topics:   Tailgating, Tailgate Food