From concerts to sporting events, there’s always a good time to tailgate! Make your tailgate a fun and flawless event with these simple tips and ideas.
Freeze water bottles for chilled food AND drinks. Pop several water bottles in the freezer the night before. The next day while packing your cooler, use the frozen water bottles as ice packs! Throughout the day, the water bottles will defrost, leaving your tailgate party a refreshingly cool drink to stay hydrated with.
Pack single serve snacks. Rather than bringing an oversized bag of chips or loose desserts along, pre-pack your snacks into single servings. Alternatively, you can purchase treats that already come individually packaged (in case you were wondering – yes! Cheryl’s cookies DO come individually packaged).
Pre-pack utensil sets. Prepare ready-to-go utensil sets wrapped in a napkin so friends can simply grab and go. This will eliminate everyone gathering around in the same area at the same time to sort through the utensils for the ones they need.
Know the venue. If possible, head out to the area the beforehand and take note of the layout. That way, you can take note of the areas with the most shade, pick out the best spots to park in, and be aware of all exits to help plan your exit strategy.
Bring a distinguishing flag or pole. Especially in the case of larger events, it may be difficult for your group to find their way back to the car. Attach a tall, unique flag or pole that stands out from the crowd so they can spot your car from miles away. This is also a good idea if you are meeting up with others; just describe your flag and they’ll be able to find you no matter where they are parked.
Slice burger toppings beforehand. Skip the mess that comes with slicing onions and tomatoes, and slice them the morning of! Lay them all out in a large aluminum tray and you have mini portable build-your-own-burger-bar.
Brings snacks for sharing with neighbors. Part of the fun of tailgating is encountering all the like-minded people surrounding you. Bring extra snacks for sharing with your neighbors; who knows – maybe they’ll have some delicious eats they’ll share with you in return!
Cleanup as you go. Rather than leaving all of the cleanup until very the end, place several trash bangs around the area so guests can clean as they go. This not only saves times on cleanup in the end, but will help you avoid the rush getting out as the rest of the cars are still busy tossing their trash.
Bring bug repellent. This is especially important when tailgating in the summer. Prepare bug repellent such as citronella candles or spray. Candles work best to keep insects from the food, and spray can be applied directly to the body to help avoid those unwelcome bug bites.