By Shannon Hanrahan • September 24, 2015
Tailgating is a right of passage for the fall and a lifestyle at that for many people. From college campuses to major cities across the country, food is prepared, tables are set up, and parties are started every weekend until the final touchdown of the season is made. Whether you are a die-hard or a first-timer, planning a cookout strategy will let you walk into that tailgate section like a pro. We are here to make sure that you do that, while also saving you the most amount of money.
There are a lot of factors that go into throwing the perfect tailgate, but aside from a sufficient alcohol supply, everyone is going to be looking for food. For an all day affair, you want to be sure to have food that will serve a lot of people but takes minimal time and effort. Going along with that, try making food that won’t require a lot of cleanup at the end of the day because you are either going to be too busy celebrating a win or drowning your sorrows in a loss to pick up after everyone. These are our favorite tailgate snacks:
You don’t have to grill filet mignons and lobster to have a more luxurious tailgate than your neighbors. It just takes a little creativity to make your meals become something more out of the ordinary. Try some of these:
There are certain items that you need to have in order for the day to go smoothly. Unless you are only tailgating once a season, it is a good investment to get stuff of your own. Borrowing is always a hassle and renting only saves you money in the short run. Stick with what you know won’t go to waste, and then you can add on from there when you see what you are looking for week after week. Invest in good fold up chairs, a few tables, a tent (rain or shine...you will be glad you bought this), a skillet, and most importantly, a grill. Check out our Home Depot coupons and browse the section on their site dedicated to all things tailgating.
There is a lot of downtime when you are waiting for the big game, and there is only so much food that can be consumed. Okay so I don’t actually believe that you can’t just eat your way through the day, that is the sole reason I attend tailgates, but other people like to stay busy. Keep the entertainment simple and easy to transport. A few footballs and a corn hole set are the perfect addition to your setup and fun for people of all ages. If your tailgate section allows, bring along a few ping pong balls and set up a beer pong table for the older crowd.
Tailgating is a fantastic way to get the whole gang together, cheer on your favorite team, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Just remember that you don’t need to overspend to have a good time!
Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).