Plan a tailgate party like a pro with our tailgating playbook.
Help friends find you by tying helium balloons in your team’s colors to your antenna or roof rack and/or flying your team’s flag using a flagpole kit. Set out folding chairs and a table and decorate with team pennants and other team paraphernalia. Then put your tailgate down (assuming you have a pickup, SUV or station wagon, that is) and have a ball!
Grilling is a time-honored tailgate tradition, so think barbecue favorites: burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw. Dress up your dogs with a DIY toppings bar.
Kick things off with chips and dip, and score big with brownies or cookies (iced with team colors, of course) for dessert. And don’t forget salt, condiments and all the things you’ll need to clean up your portable feast after the party.
Stay hydrated by packing plenty of beverages. If you want to offer alcohol, check to see if it’s allowed in the parking lot before you go. If so, venture beyond just beer — mix it up with a Bloody Mary bar for the win. Either way, be sure to provide plenty of water and soft drinks at your drinks station.
Start your own pep club: Paint each other’s faces and show your spirit by making signs to support your team.
If the tailgate party at the next truck over is game, challenge them to a pickup match of touch football, give a game of football-themed beer pong the old college try… or check out more of our tailgating games ideas.
Catch all the pregame action with a portable radio or TV — or save the ticket price, keep the party going, and watch the whole game in the lot!
Before you go, check your stadium’s website to find out how early the parking lot opens, when it closes and how to get there.
Once you arrive, look for a primo spot next to grass and/or at the end of a row so you can spread out a little. Your goal should be to get to your space several hours early to set up and then start serving food an hour and a half before the game to give everyone time to eat and clean up.