There are still plenty of beach and pool days left this summer, but if you are a diehard football fan, then you have probably already turned your eyes to the pre-season. Dive into this year’s football season by perfecting your tailgate technique early.
While good food and plenty of beer are usually on every tailgating menu, here are 10 other preseason football tailgating ideas to get you in the festive mood.
1. Order Chaps Pit Beef Party Platters
Why worry about grilling or preparing all the food for your tailgating parties. Let Chaps Pit Beef cook for you. Known for the best Maryland BBQ, they offer everything from a petite platter with one type of meat and sides to the Variety Platter which comes with 3 meats and 2 sides. We also offer a Sausage, Green Peppers, Onions & Tomatoes Platter and a Fried Whole Chicken Wings Platter.
2. Bring Plenty of Comfortable Seating
Parking lots are not the most comfortable place to hang for long periods of time so comfortable seating is a must. Be sure to pack enough chairs for all your guests and choose ones that cushioned seats and strong backs.
3. Pack All the Tailgating Essentials in a Tote Bag
If this isn’t your first rodeo, then you know inevitably at every tailgating party, you forget something. Organization is the key to a fun, stress less time. Designate a special tote bag or box for all your tailgating essentials from the spatula for the grill to hand wipes and paper towels. A First Aid kit is always a must and so are jumper cables just in case you play the car radio too long and lose some juice. Neatly pack everything you might think you will need and have it on standby for all your tailgating events.
4. Don’t Forget the Serving Table & Extra Storage
Serving out of the back of your car can be a little awkward unless you have the right gear with you. Top on the list is some sort of portable table for serving the food. Just pile it up on the table and let your guests graze at their leisure. It is also a good idea to bring a plastic set of drawers that you can also store things in in. A plastic tub to stack dirty dishes to bring back home to wash later is also a good idea.
5. Put Your Team Spirit on Full Display
While tailgating is the perfect time to display your team spirit. Wear your team’s jersey with the number of your favorite player and decorate your tailgate area with team pennants and other team paraphernalia. If you are bringing baked treats, decorate them in your team colors to add to the festive atmosphere. Temporary tattoos in your team’s colors can be fun to wear for both kids and adults alike. Another smart tidbit is to hang a balloon off your car or table or chair so your family and friends can easily find you in the big parking lot.
6. Give Yourself Enough Time to Enjoy Yourself
Remember that the success of your tailgating party doesn’t just rely on what you bring, but also how you organize your time. Tailgating pros advise that you get to the tailgating area near the stadium about four hours before kickoff. That way you have enough time for set-up and breakdown without a lot of rushing and stressing out. Shoot to have the food served at least 2 hours before the game starts.
7. Protect Yourself. Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
As summer turns into the fall and even colder still in the winter, protecting your skin while outside might not always be first in your mind, but it should be. It not just on the hottest days, or long days at the beach or pool that sunscreen matters. Be sure to apply it liberally on every family member to keep all of you safe from the sun’s UV rays.
8. Prepare Food the Night Before
If you are cooking instead of just ordering food and bringing it, then prepare as much of it the night before as possible. If you are doing kebabs, marinate and skewer them ahead of time and have the burger patties and hot dogs stored in wax paper and ready to just plop on the grill.
9. Channel a Little Bit of MacGyver
Show off your MacGyver-like skills by finding creative uses for everyday objects. Use a six pack holder to put condiments in easy reach of your guests, or convert the back of your car into a fancy bar stocked with everyone’s favorites.
10. Plan Some Fun Games for Everyone to Play
From tossing a ball around to games of corn-hole, it is a good idea to plan some fun games for everybody to play while you are waiting for the big game to start.
The most important of all pre-season football tailgating ideas is of course is to be a good neighbor to those parked around you. Always be respectful to each other so that everyone has a good time.