We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. It’s football season! And while some of you may be looking forward to the next big game, we have to admit we’re actually more interested in the next big tailgate party. After all…with good company and even better food, how could you not look forward to this all-American tradition?
Here are a few tips to make sure your next tailgate party goes off without a hitch:
- Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Just like with any good party, it’s important to prepare for tailgating ahead of time. This doesn’t just mean stopping by the grocery store the night before the game, either. Cook as much of your food as you can beforehand, and you won’t have to spend nearly as much time at the grill. This will free up your time to actually enjoy the party and socialize.
- Plan a Killer Menu
Our favorite part about tailgating? The food, of course. Pulled pork is a classic, but don’t forget items like Zweigle’s Pop Opens and Chicken Sausage. These options are so delicious that they’ll have you wishing every day was game day.
- Keep Cold Things Cold, And Hot Things Hot
If there’s one thing we all know ruins a tailgate party fast, it’s cold food and warm beverages. Think outside the box, and come up with a solid plan to maintain the temperatures of your food and drink ahead of time. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
- Use bricks to prop up a pot or pan above a Sterno can to keep dishes warm
- Turn your cooler into a warming oven with bricks, aluminum foil, and wet towels
- Freeze water bottles ahead of time, so that they act as both ice and a beverage once they melt
- Stay Organized
The key to any successful party? Organization. Get your menu together ahead of time, and coordinate with friends who are planning on bringing dishes as soon as possible. You can even use something as simple as a shared Google spreadsheet or Facebook page to determine who’s bringing what to the game. This way food will not go to waste, and it also ensures that there aren’t five trays of chocolate chip cookies all taking up space!
- Show Your Colors
Part of the fun of a game day party is going all out with your team spirit. Everything from colored utensils and paper plates to tablecloths and banners help your party stand out above the rest. You can even freeze colored water balloons to keep things cold while also taking your team spirit to the next level.
Do you have any tailgating tips? Share ‘em with us!