In the football world, tail-gating is an important component. Whether you are a college or professional football fan, tail-gating is about food and drinks as much as it is about traditions and superstition.  When planning a tail-gate party the last thing you want to appear to be is a rookie!  Though you won’t be able to win one for the team, you’ll be a winner in the parking lot with some of these ideas.

  1. Early Birds Get The Worm. An early start is required for normal tail gating.  The parking lot can fill up quickly and you will need to be there early enough to get the perfect spot.  You will want to give yourself plenty of time to set up, co
  2. ok and enjoy yourself  and with games starting as early as 12:00 or 1:00, you need to get going early.
  3. Not A Time To Try Something New. Stick with your tried and true recipes when it comes to your tail gating food.  This is not the time to see if you can make a soufflé on your grill when you should be having fun with friends and family. Make the classics, the ones everyone loves and that you can prepare quickly.
  4. Politeness Counts. Don’t take up multiple parking spots. Don’t play your music too loud. Don’t throw your garbage on the ground. Don’t be completely outrageous. Basically, use common sense and don’t be uncivilized.
  5. Ask For Help. You definitely don’t want to be stuck doing everything on game day, so pow wow with your
    group in advance to break up who’s doing what. Have one person be in charge of the grill while someone else handles games and activities. It will make it less stressful for everyone.
  6. Stay Calm. Something is going to go wrong. It’s bound to happen. Your grill will break down, your potato salad won’t taste right, someone will drink too much. It’s okay. Breathe. Don’t let the situation ruin your day. Try and prepare for some of these things in advance by bringing backups for the major necessities.

Do you plan to tail-gate this football season?