Getting the right game plan together for your tailgate party can have a huge impact: less work; more fun. Tailgating seems simple enough, and in some ways, it is, but packing up an entire backyard’s worth of lawn chairs, food, and grilling accessories can be trickier than it sounds. But tailgators, take notice! We’ve got an awesome list of tailgate party ideas, just in time for the season. From outdoor gear to tailgate accessories, these great tips will get you all the way to the playoffs.
Pack Supplies Inside Your Other Supplies
A truck full of kids, food, and outdoor gear doesn’t leave a lot of storage room left to spare. Economize on space by packing your tailgating supplies inside other supplies. Fill a beer mug with condiments. Tuck flashlights into your folding lawn chairs. Shove a stash of beef jerky into your toolbox. As an added bonus, when you store things in unexpected places, only you hold the knowledge necessary to find the hidden treasure, leaving everyone else at your mercy, and more beef jerky to gnaw on when the kids aren’t looking.
Put Everything in Party Cups
Disposable party cups are commonplace at a tailgating party, and with good reason. They are lightweight, stackable, and shatterproof. However, disposable party cups won’t keep beer cold for very long. If you are fan of the ubiquitous red Solo cup, opt for the sturdier, reusable, high capacity alternative for your beverage, and put everything else in the throwaways. Plastic forks, napkins, toothpicks, peanuts, straws, and all sorts of small items can be hard to manage outside. A plate full of potato chips will go flying in the wind, but a plastic cup full of chips firmly planted in a deserving hand will stay right where you say. You can serve everything from watermelon to chicken wings in a disposable plastic cup, so be sure to pack plenty.
Cooking on a Stick
It wouldn’t be a tailgate without cooking food over an open flame. While steaks and hamburgers are never a bad choice, cooking food on a stick is fun for the entire family, and gives you more time to relax and enjoy the game. Hot dogs and marshmallows are a start, but chicken strips, shrimp, potatoes, and corn on the cob all cook perfectly when skewered and held over a fire. Extra long roasting sticks are great, because you can stand further away from the heat while your food gets charred and delicious.
Make a Bucket of Jello Shots
Jello shots are a hit every time, but fussing around with trays of little sticky cups is too much of a hassle on the go. Smart tailgators opt for the bucket of jello shots. Just mix up one huge batch of jello and alcohol, pour it into a party bucket or large container, refrigerate, and you’re done. Party goers can scoop out the gelatin with disposable plastic cups, and shoot away. It’s a little messy, but hey, that’s why we brought the portable handwashing station.
Set Up a Portable Handwashing Station
Some party ideas have more to do with maintenance than the actual party. As any tailgate party progresses, messes and spills are inevitable. With no access to running water nearby, it’s good to have some clean up plays in your game plan. Take a used, disposable laundry detergent dispenser, fill it with water, and presto! A portable water faucet, complete with handle, ready to rinse hands, feet, and cooking utensils. You’ll want to wash the container out thoroughly to remove any traces of detergent, but after a few minutes with the garden hose and an overnight soak, you should be good to go. Many laundry detergent jugs hold over a gallon of liquid, which should be plenty of water for a few hours of tailgating. It might taste a little like soap, though, so don’t plan on drinking it.
Hide Booze from Your Friends
Friends are great. We all want lots of friends to make life more fun. But friends will also drink your alcohol without asking, and sometimes all of it. You stay silent because you don’t want to be a party pooper, so you need some great ways to sneak alcohol during your tailgate. May we recommend hiding a stash of booze in a stealth container like our binoculars hidden flask. It even holds two types of liquor, so you can be ready for anything. When you need to sneak a swig, just put the binoculars around your neck, and say, “I’m going over there to do some bird watching!” And no one will follow you, because bird watching, really? All the while you slip away with your own private stash of booze while your friends fight over your last can of beer.
Sneak Booze into the Game
Once in awhile, tailgating is interrupted by someone who appears out of nowhere with an extra ticket to the game. Should this occur, be prepared to sneak a few drinks into the stadium with the help of a flask hidden inside a sports seat cushion. A durable vinyl pouch is housed withing a real functioning stadium cushion. Just plop it down on the bleachers, take a seat, and when you are ready for a refill, unzip the side panel to get access to an easy release nozzle. The foam of the seat cushion even provides insulation to the liquid inside. With practice, you’ll be able to sneak this play by even the toughest ref.