Tailgating is a must, no matter what team you are rooting for. Hitting the parking lots and getting amped up for the big game is the only way to ensure your team will bring home the victory. So you want to make sure you are hosting the most epic tailgating party ever, right?
You might be a seasoned tailgater, or a complete newbie; regardless we’ve got the keys to assured tailgating party success right here. Buckle up BBQ peeps, it’s time to get down and dirty with tailgating party prep.
Game Day Decorations
You don’t have to drop $500 on decorations, but making sure you are displaying those team colors loud and proud is the ultimate way to set the mood. Grab tablecloths, napkins, plates, the works. Everyone needs to know that you bleed those colors!
Tailgating On the Go?
Turn your SUV into table. That’s right, just lay down the seats and pop the truck. Add a tablecloth to the floor and a cooler full of drinks. You can even set out your mad food spread right there so even a little rain can’t ruin your party scene.
FOOD AND BOOZE
Most importantly, don’t skimp on the food and the booze, not to mention water for when everyone inevitably drinks too much without hydrating. Check out any of our killer Sauce + Style recipes for inspiration, or just grab a Pig of the Month BBQ feast so we can do the cooking for ya! Just make sure you’re making everything handheld – no one wants to sit down with a knife and fork.
Get Those Butts a Rest
All that standing, boozing and eating means people will need a little rest from time to time. Be sure to grab plenty of collapsable seating for everyone!
Stock up on the blankets! You can even use this as an opportunity to bring in those team colors in another way.
Pump Up the Jams
A mix of current jams and upbeat 80s classics are perfect for setting the mood. Don’t forget to load up the team’s fight song!
Say Buh-Bye to Red Cups
Those red cups are getting a little old aren’t they? Class up your shindig with some mason jars instead.
Give Them Something to Do
Standing around for hours drinking and eating can get a little boring. Set up a game of cornhole, or just bring a couple balls so people can throw around the pigskin.
If you are busting out the big guns and grilling up tasty meats for your peeps, don’t forget to haul along extra charcoals and propane. Make sure you also have everything you need to safely cool down the grill and dispose of ashes before heading into the game.
Follow these little tidbits of advice and you are going to have a legendary team celebration bash no one will forget. Just be prepared to be asked to host every tailgating party from now until forever.