Tailgating Tips

Whether you’re set up in the parking lot of the stadium, or just in your own backyard, the tailgate party is an essential part of game-day. Now that football season is here, it’s a perfect time to think about how to host the perfect tailgate party. Here are eight tailgate tips to get you on the right track!

1. Have the Essentials  – Everyone is expecting burgers, hot dogs and beer so make sure you have them. Yes, we know you want to show off that special tailgate recipe you’ve been working on for years. You can do that later. First things first, have the basics.

2. Have Something Original – Here’s where you get to have some fun. Break out your unique tailgate recipes, try something new and take chances. Since you’ve already got the mass appeal basic foods ready, you’ve got nothing to lose if your guests don’t like your creativity. If you want ideas for some unique recipes check out our Facebook page. Every Wednesday we post a tailgate style dish!

3. Show Team Spirit– ABSOLUTELY wear your team colors! If you are at the point where you are hosting a tailgate party you should definitely own clothing branded with your favorite team, or at least clothes that match your team’s colors. As a bonus, set up any memorabilia you have, flags, jerseys, helmets, etc. Showing pride in your team and having fun is what it’s all about.

4. Games– Space permitting, games like corn-hole or ladder golf are great social events. They work especially well with one-handed foods, so keep that in mind when deciding what to make.

5. Have Enough Food- It may be hard to predict exactly how many people you will be feeding, but do your best to have food on reserve in case you get more than expected. Nobody wants to go hungry at a tailgate party.

6. Furniture – Though you’ll probably be on your feet most of the time, it’s nice to have somewhere to sit. Invest in a few good folding chairs at the beginning of the season and your tired feet will thank you.

7. Stay Cool –Make sure you have a spacious cooler that guests can put their own beverages in. Obviously make sure it’s at least partially stocked with your drink of choice, but BYOB is common at tailgates so leave room.

8. Be Safe– Last but certainly not least, make sure you are safe! Everyone knows that beer is usually an essential ingredient of tailgate parties. Just make sure that you are smart about it, especially when traveling. Always check the alcohol laws of whatever venue you hold your tailgate at.

For more grilling tips and tricks, check out our article about National BBQ Month!  

Stop by your local Sparkle Market and pick up your favorite tailgate supplies!