If you’ve ever attended a sporting event, you know the fun starts before the first ball is thrown, kicked or tossed. It happens in the parking lot with a tailgate party. If you’re thinking of hosting one, here are three things to consider:
1. Food. When it comes to tailgating, food is by far the most important ingredient. Think chicken wings, corn on the cob, pasta salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and chips – anything that can be eaten with your hands or while milling around. Set up the food in a buffet format so guests can serve themselves. It also sets the relaxed tone of the event.
2. Seating. For many, tailgating is not simply an hour-long picnic before kickoff; it can be a party that lasts a few hours. For that length of time, people will need to sit down. Consider purchasing folding tailgate chairs, which come in a bag and are often available with your favorite team’s logo.
3. Games. Finally, plan some activities. While tailgate parties revolve around food and beverages, it’s a good idea to provide other entertainment. Basic backyard games, such as bean bag toss, ladder ball, horseshoes, ring toss and Frisbee are portable and fun to play.