How to Plan the Best Tailgate Ever

Football season is here, which means it’s also tailgating season! If you love celebrating your favorite team the way we do, you’re probably a tailgating pro by now. But before you plan your next tailgate, here are some tips to help you throw the best one yet:

Set Expectations

People just want to know what they should expect beforehand, so if you want people to bring something, be sure to let them know ahead of time so that everyone can plan accordingly. There’s nothing worse than showing up at a tailgate without something that you were responsible for having. Or, if you plan on having all of the food, drinks, chairs, and everything else that people will need, let them know that as well. (If this is the case, you’ll likely be everyone’s favorite tailgating pal!)

Have Plenty of Everything

Find out who is planning on coming beforehand and then make sure that you bring plenty of extra food and beverages. You don’t want to run out during the tailgate and have to try to send someone out for more of whatever you need… or worse yet, just go without it. Tailgates tend to draw in plenty of extra guests and last minute RSVPs, which means that you need to be prepared. People also tend to eat and drink more when they’re with good friends, so you should plan for bigger appetites anyways.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Let people know if there are any contingency plans for things like if it rains or if you can’t get into your preferred location. Then keep your phone with you at all times so that people can call or text if they have any questions. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page.
You may want to consider erecting a tent or bringing ponchos so that you can stay dry no matter what happens. Also, don’t forget both the sunscreen and also the sweatshirts and hats because depending on how long you’ll be tailgating and what time the game is, you may find yourself battling both sun and also cold overnight temps.

Keep People Comfortable

Having things like folding chairs, tables for food, lawn games, and luxury restrooms will make people feel totally comfortable at your tailgate. If you want your event to be legendary, these are the things that great tailgates are made of! You basically want to recreate the feel of getting pumped up for the game at home, but outdoors amidst tons of other fans. Having your own places to sit and use the bathroom truly make a party great and will keep people talking about your tailgate all season long!

Make Clean Up Easy

Use disposable items as much as possible to make clean up a breeze when it’s time to put everything away and go into the game. This allows you to have fun for as long as possible leading up to the big event. Trust us, you won’t want to be packing up messy stuff to wash off later no matter what the outcome of the game is, but this is especially brutal if your team ends up losing.

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