Football season is right around the corner, so I have put together list ideas for tailgating essentials, hacks, food, ideas and so much more for you to prepare for this season’s tailgate parties.
Being prepared for football season and a tailgating event really does make your get together go so much nicer. You don’t want to forget anything or realize you don’t have something when you get there. If you have a group who helps you with your party, assign tasks, roles, and contributions ahead of time. Also, check stadium tailgating policies if this is your first time going to a stadium.
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Tailgating Must-Have Essentials
Cooking – Portable Grills, smokers, smoking wood planks, fryers – line your grill with foil for easy cleanup. Extra LP Gas or charcoal for your grills and smokers. Slow cookers are great for keeping food warm and for storage.
Washable or waterproof tablecloths – great for when the weather may be bad and you need something to drape over items
Several coolers – Separate ones for the adults and kids drinks and coolers for food you will be grilling
Extra Ice – stack your cans on the bottom of the coolers and then lay ice on top to fill in spaces. Food should be packed on top. Frozen bottles of water make spare ice or use ice substitutes.
Beverages, bottled water, bottle openers, and plastic team cups – set up a beverage table with galvanized tubs of different beverages with your bottle openers tied to the handles. Glass dispensers can hold water, tea, etc. The tubs make great storage to and from the game.
Prepared food – The night before marinade meat in plastic bags, form hamburger patties and stack between wax paper, precut all the burger fixings, condiments in easy to use containers and veggies washed, prepared and stored in plastic bags or bins. Think of making finger foods to keep from having to supply utensils to eat with.
Serving – Plates and napkins, wooden utensils (if needed, large slotted serving spoons, football-shaped serving dishes, serving trays on ice, So many serving items come in your team’s colors to choose from.
Signs – Let everyone know about your party or to list what you are serving.
Trashbags and/or trashcans – Set up a cleaning station with detergent, extra water, rags, wet wipes, wash bin, and paper towels. Check ahead where to dispose of your used coals and other trash.
I hope this list will get you started on what to bring to your next tailgate party!!
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