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Planning to Host a Tailgate Party? 6 Tips on How to Throw a Successful Tailgate Party!

Are you planning to host a tailgate party this season? We have all the tips you need to throw a successful tailgate party that everyone will remember!

1. Plan

First, you will need to have a plan. Will you be hosting your party outside of the stadium or at your home? Make sure you know all the rules for your venue as far as what you can and cannot bring, if you plan on tailgating outside of the stadium.

Plan out a menu full of game day favorites and easy to transport foods. You will want to include appetizers, snacks, desserts and favorite drinks.


2. Food

It is helpful to prepare as much food as possible ahead of time. When choosing what foods you will provide, make sure they are easy to transport and easy to heat up using your grill or crockpot. This will help so that you do not have lots to do on game day!

Some food options are listed below:

The Perfect Spot

3. The Perfect Spot

If you’re planning a tailgate party outside of your home, you should plan for at least two or three cars to park next to each other to claim your tailgating spot outside of the stadium. It would be helpful to attach something like a sign or balloon to the vehicles so that it is distinctive to your tailgaters. Make sure you call anyone attending or send a location pin and let them know where your spot is located. Whether you are hosting your party at home or outside the stadium, it would be helpful to have a tailgate tent to have plenty of room and shade for your guests to sit.

Decoration ideas:

4. Organize

You will want to keep everything organized. It would be helpful to have a cooler designated for your cold foods so that they stay cold until ready to serve, non-alcoholic drinks (water and sodas), and your alcoholic beverages. This makes it easier for your guests to locate the drinks.

Create a Checklist

5. Create a Checklist

Make sure you create a checklist of everything you will need so that you do not forget anything, and you have everything you need while you are there.

  • Tables
  • Chairs 
  • Ziploc bags
  • Foil and/or saran wrap
  • Utensils (forks, spoons and knives)
  • Napkins
  • Plastic cups
  • Tools for grilling (tongues, spatulas, grill scraper, etc.)
  • Trash bags
  • Television and all required sources of power to broadcast the game
Entertain Your Guests

6. Entertain Your Guests

Bring a speaker for some tunes before the game starts or a radio so that they can still listen to the game outside the stadium. Play some games like corn hole or ring toss.

If you are hosting your party at home, make sure you have the game showing on the TV and plenty of room for your guests to cheer on their favorite team! If you're looking for the perfect home to throw a tailgate party, call us at 205-751-8583 to discuss your home loan options.