The weather is starting to get a little chilly, and sports fans everywhere are donning their favorite team’s logos. Especially here in the Midwest, college football is a big deal. Tailgating outside the stadium on Saturdays can be a blast. But for those who can’t make it out, backyard tailgating can be the next best thing. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over some essentials to ensure your backyard tailgating experience is one you won’t soon forget.
Backyard Tailgating Decorations
First of all, you don’t have to go all out with anything fancy. Tailgating is an experience meant for red solo cups, plastic silverware, and team colors or logos galore. So put those fancy wine glasses away and break out the corn hole set. Make it a point to visit the nearest party store, and go crazy! If you don’t have a covered patio, consider getting a tent so you and your guests aren’t in direct sunlight all day.
What to Eat
Just like the decorations, it’s best to keep the menu for backyard tailgating simple. Food that can be cooked outside is a smart idea. Nobody wants to repeatedly run into the house to check on food. Also, there’s no need to prepare a five-course meal. For example, foods that can be thrown on a grill or even crockpot meals are fast to make and super simple. Don’t stress yourself out when the whole idea of backyard tailgating is to have fun.
Speaking of grilling, don’t tailgating and foods prepared on the grill go hand in hand? For a truly distinct tailgating experience, we recommend using charcoal. Even if you have a fancy top of the line grill that uses propane or gas, opt for a charcoal grill instead. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
Look the Part
Backyard tailgating is the perfect excuse to go all out with what you wear. Put on your favorite jersey, paint your face, the works! Have fun with it, and encourage your guests to participate as well.
Move to the Music
Creating the perfect backyard tailgating environment includes playing some of your favorite tunes. Usually, it’s best to stick with music that many people can enjoy. Mix things up with a lot of different genres!
Beer, Beer, Beer
Honestly, it’s just not tailgating if you don’t have a few cold ones. Stock up on a variety so everyone will have something they like. Or, if you’re expecting a large crowd, you could even get a keg. Just don’t forget to also have some non-alcoholic drinks on hand, don’t assume everybody wants to drink.
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