How to Tailgate

Fans at a tailgate party

Before the big game, there’s no better way to get hyped than with a tailgate party surrounded by your team’s fellow fans. Good food and good company are hallmarks of a successful tailgate, but there are a few more key components that can guarantee everyone has a great time. Whether you’re wondering how to set up a tailgate party or you need to know what to bring to a tailgate, our guide will teach you the ins and outs of how to tailgate.

What to Wear to a Tailgate Party

Whether you go all out with colorful hair and face paint or you choose a simple team sweatshirt with jeans, showing up to the tailgate party in your team’s fan gear is essential. One thing to consider is how volatile weather can be during football season so it’s a good idea to have plenty of layering options. Fan Gear sweatshirts and beanies are the perfect cold-game staples, but you can even find team gloves and scarves if you want to go all out!

What to Bring to a Tailgate Party

Tailgate Food

fans cooking tailgate food

Tailgating food is arguably the best part about game day celebrations. No matter how many people you’re feeding, you want to cook up the tastiest tailgate recipes at the party. The easiest way to serve hot, fresh food is to bring a portable grill and cook on site. You can make made-to-order dishes and perfectly-seasoned meats for your friends and family. If you make some sides ahead of time, having insulated food containers ensures your food arrives at the stadium at the perfect temperature and ready to serve.

Tailgate Drinks

fans drinking tailgate drinks

Ice cold drinks pair perfectly with football. To keep your drinks chilled to perfection, it’s important to have the perfect portable cooler and plenty of bottle or can coolers. You can even find drink tumblers with your team’s logo and colors so you can support them at super-fan level.

Games for Everyone

Pass the time before the game with activities everyone will enjoy! Yard games are the perfect addition when you don’t know what to bring to a tailgate party. Games like cornhole allow everyone to get involved and stay in the conversation. Bring your next tailgate party to the next level with fun games for everyone.

How to Tailgate at Home

“Homegating” is an increasingly popular way to celebrate game day. Tailgating at home is cheaper and easier than bringing all your gear to the stadium, and you can have a lot of fun in the comfort of your own living room! If you have a quality television and comfortable seating for the whole group, serving up the game day food and drinks are the next step to throwing the perfect tailgate party at home! Check out some of our favorite recipes for crowd-pleasing meal ideas.