Top Tips to Host the Ultimate Tailgate at Home
Fall is here, school is back in full swing and now is the perfect time to host friends and family for the big game. Make the most of your home this football season, and cheer on your favorite teams. Here are our top tips to host the ultimate tailgate at home this fall.
No tailgate is complete without a cookout! Get your grill going and stock up on all of the essentials for the game. Hamburgers and hotdogs are a go-to staple. If you want to really wow your guests, consider grilling a tenderloin. These football classics are sure to be hits at your party, and they are easy to prepare. Pro tip: To change things up from the typical barbecue foods, try out this easy vegetable kabob recipe.
Show Your Team Spirit
Add to the festivities by decorating your home with your team’s colors. Themed plates, napkins and cups are great ways to show spirit around your home. Put out team gear for your party as a fun way to get everyone involved. You can go to your local sports store and get face stickers and hand-held team flags to pass out to your guests. If you have company coming that are cheering for opposing teams, consider purchasing plasticware and decor for each team – let your guests choose who they want to root for!
Make the most of the space that you have by rearranging your furniture to allow for ample seating. The point of focus at your party will be the television, so make sure that you have enough room for everyone to be able to watch the game. Consider putting the coolers and drinks out on the back deck or patio to allow for extra space indoors. Keep the game on outside as well with a radio or television to take your back deck to the next level.
Stock Up on Snacks
Finger foods and snacks are a staple at any tailgate. Ensure that your guests will be full and fed by getting a variety of snacks for your party. Make sure you have healthy options as well, such as veggies with dip or a fruit platter. Crockpot recipes are also great snack options with little prep time. Looking for dessert ideas? Ask each of your guests to bring a dessert, potluck style. This is a great way to eliminate the stress of having to prepare everything, and you’ll end up with a great variety of treats for your guests to enjoy. Pro tip: For a great crockpot recipe, try this Buffalo Chicken Dip at your next tailgate; it’s sure to be a fan favorite!
Cater to the Kids
Encourage your guests to bring their kids as well. Watching the game is a great way to bring the whole family together. Keep the kids entertained with activities they can enjoy in your backyard. Get together footballs, hula hoops and games and let them play outside while everyone enjoys the game. If rainy weather is in the forecast, gather board games or other indoor activities for the kids to enjoy. When it comes to food, consider making a buffet table separate from the adults, with kid-friendly finger foods and juices.
With these easy tips and tricks, you’ll be ready for kickoff in no time!