Start your special event off right with this list of easy tailgating tips.
Baseball, football, concerts…whatever the event may be, Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you get everything you need to grill and chill before the big event. Follow these tips and your party will be a hit!
Coordinate Your Tailgate
Decide who is cooking, driving and what everyone is bringing with them. You don’t need five bags of chips and no hamburgers! Make sure everyone knows exactly what their role is. Planning the menu ahead of time with your fellow tailgaters is a must for an organized tailgate.
Prepare the Menu
Plan your menu and do prep work a day or two before the game. Keep the menu simple and pack prepared food in disposable containers. Dishes like dips, pasta salads, hot wings, brats, hot dogs and burgers all carry well and are easy to prepare. If you’re looking for some healthy alternatives to classic tailgating food, try some of our tasty recipes:
Pack Ahead of Time
Be prepared. Pack the night before. Load tables and chairs for the most comfortable seats in the parking lot. Be ready for any weather conditions with a pop up canopy. It might even help to make a tailgating packing list. Bring a small first aid kit in case there are any minor incidents. Remember trash bags and paper towels for easy cleanup. You’ll also want to make sure there’s room for a cooler so you can enjoy some refreshing drinks before the game.
Wear Your Team Colors
You’re there to support your favorite team, and everyone should know it. Wear a team jersey, sweatshirt, or outfit yourself from head to toe to show your team pride. Choose from MLB, NFL or your favorite college team. You can even get bean bag toss games with your team’s logo. Tailgaters are the best fans!
Allow Plenty of Time
Plan to arrive three to four hours early. You want plenty of time to eat, play and relax. Find a good spot to park. Not all parking is created equal! Park next to a grassy area or at the end of the parking row – this gives you more room for serious tailgating. Allow enough time to stay up to two hours after the game. You may stick around to celebrate if your team wins.
Have Fun Tailgating!
Set out and cook the food. Eat, and eat some more. Food should be ready 1-1/2 hours before the game starts. That leaves plenty of time to eat, clean up and extinguish grills before going to the game. Cook extra food and share it with your tailgate neighbors. Swap recipes. Throw the football. Play some bean bag toss and have a good time. It’s what you’re there for!