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How To Tailgate At Home

The football season is in full swing, but just like a lot of things these days, it looks a little different. Most fans aren’t allowing fans to tailgate, and others are only allowing a few people in.

So, what’s a die-hard tailgater to do? Have it at home. In this article, we look at how to tailgate at home and have just as much fun.

Pick the Right Decor

When you tailgate on a campus, you see spirit wear everywhere from the clothing to the table decor. Make sure your home shows school spirit, too.

Be sure and decorate your home with your favorite teams colors or even both teams colors.

Consider setting up a tailgating tent in your backyard as well and don’t forget the television so everyone can watch the game.

Pick the Right Food

While tailgating food is often simpler than other grilling fare, you can step it up a notch when you tailgate at home.

Whether you choose a traditional meal or an elaborate, pick the right food for the group coming to your home.

For example, if they typically love your burgers, serve those. Or, if some of your guests like beer, and some like wine, serve both.

Pick the Right Tunes

You want really think about your playlists. Include the best music for yourself as well as your guests. Consider putting together a mix of rock, country, jazz, pop, and hip hop.

In addition, you can throw in both teams individual anthems. This way you’ll feel like you’re right there in the team’s parking lot.

Don’t forget the outdoor speakers to enhance the sound.

Set Up the Television

Your tailgate should be followed by plenty of football. If you can, set up a couple televisions or at least one in a prime spot.

The TV should be big enough for everyone to see it as well.

Give your tailgaters a front row experience right in the comfort of your own home.

Final Thoughts on How to Tailgate at Home

Who knows? You might just find you enjoy tailgating at home as much as at the stadium.

Be sure to follow the COVID safety requirements in your area such as masks and social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Need a grill? Stop by one of our locations today, and we can help you find the perfect one (or two!).

5 Tips for the Perfect Tailgate

It’s time to concentrate on tailgating! Even in the crazy year we live in, it is possible to have a safe, socially distanced tailgate!

Fall is in the air, football has started, and… A true sports fan knows the start of a good football game is the tailgate – the food is almost as important as the game! Check out this article for five tips for the perfect tailgate:

#1: Make a Plan

Make a list of everything you need to take with you and the dishes you are making. Check out your stadium rules for tailgating and make sure you are up-to-date. Since we’re also in the middle of a pandemic, consider having your tailgate in your own driveway. Invite neighbors and friends.

Do some of the preparation before hand so you have things ready to go and people are only waiting for the food to cook.

#2: Get There Early

Start your tailgate party at least two-three hours before the game. Call the stadium to see when and if vehicles can enter (due to COVID-19) and if there are designated tailgating areas.

Remember that not all parking spaces are created equal. Find a spot next to a grassy area or at the end of a parking row so you’ll have more room for your tailgating.

When you’re done, be sure to leave your spot clean. You don’t want to be known as the tailgater who leaves the mess.

If you’re having your tailgate at home, make sure to start setup with enough time to watch kick off.

#3: Be Festive

Wear team colors, use colored napkins or decorate the back of your vehicle!

#4: Bring your Grill

If you own a Big Green EGG, it’s time to get hitched. The tailgate hitch fits a variety of EGG sizes.

#5: Stock Your Supplies

Keep your tailgate supplies ready-to-go. Fill a large plastic container with paper plates, utensils, napkins, paper towels, dish rags, salt & pepper, a bottle of water, etc. Just toss it in your vehicle and go!

Label your coolers so guests know where to find their favorite beverage. You can even freeze water bottles before hand so they are the perfect temperature as they melt.

Pack a first aid kit – just in case.

Now that you’ve got your supplies ready to go, here one last bit of advice. Download the tailgating cheat sheet for even more tips! This great tip cheat includes an up to the hour list of things to do before your tailgate.

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