Wear your favorite team’s colors and warm up those portable grills! Tailgate season is in full throttle! Whether you’re ready for a chili cook-off in the parking lot or a contest for who is wearing the best fan gear, tailgating can be almost as much fun as the game (or even better!). Want to ensure you have the ultimate tailgate experience possible? Utilize the following tips.
First things first: the vehicle. Big trucks equal big fun for a great tailgate. Although you can use smaller cars, big trucks pack everything, from coolers to the barbeque to the piles of fold-out chairs you’ll inevitably need.
Next is the menu. Instead of traditional hot dogs and hamburgers, use your grill to create food masterpieces! Mix it up with a variety of dishes from succulent marinades, grandma’s secret chili recipe, chicken with a curry twist, and even seafood, if you need a break from the fried foods that grace the tailgate spread. A great way to create this menu is by making a potluck list. If everyone brings a special dish, then the meat on the grill is an added bonus. For great recipes to bring to your next tailgate party, visit our website at www.wcmagazines.com. Also, don’t forget the napkins; most tailgate food is bound to have sauce that melts in your mouth.
No tailgate is complete without great music. Nothing gets people going like their favorite song to shake things up. Take some time earlier in the week to create a playlist that’s fun and gets the whole group pumped.
With proper preparation, you will have time to cook, dance, and most importantly, clean up before the game begins! So get out your jackets, beanies, and colorful face paint, and head down to your favorite game. While you’re at it, check out these other essential tips to make your tailgate party the ultimate experience:
- Skewer and marinate kebabs the night before.
- Shape and pack up burger patties between sheets of wax paper the night before, too.
- Label your coolers so guests can find drinks easily.
- Freeze water bottles to use in place of ice in coolers so you have cold water to drink after they melt.
- Bring a first aid kit.
- Pack an extra set of the essentials: spatulas, tongs, ice, charcoal/propane, potholders, tinfoil, and storage tubs.
- Bring a large plastic tub to haul back dirty dishes, and don’t forget giant trash bags.
- Be safe, have fun, and be creative! W