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Planning a Tailgate Party

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If you are planning a tailgate party, being prepared is one of the essential components of making it successful. We love tailgating and have done it many times over the years. This post contains affiliate links.

We love football and today I have put together a list of things that are helpful in planning a tailgating party.

Planning A Tailgate Party


Deciding Where to Tailgate

First, it is important to know the rules of the stadium where you are planning to tailgate. Many have very strict guidelines on what you can bring/cook/drink at your tailgating location. Most tailgating spots are usually in the parking lot or a nearby park. Check the website of the stadium you will be going to and read the policies carefully.

Tailgating Menu Ideas

Once you have determined how many people you are expecting, you will want to plan your menu accordingly. Depending on the regulations of the venue, you can make it an easy menu with sandwiches and pre-prepared food, or go all out with a barbecue or smoker. Personally, I feel that make-ahead foods were made for tailgating. Potlucks are also a good idea at these parties so that you do not have to be responsible for the entire menu. Check out our suggested recipes below.

Tailgating Decorations

Below are some fun decorative items to include in your tailgating space. Some of these are also great for football viewing parties too. (These are affiliate links that help support the running of this site at no extra cost to you. We appreciate your support) Part of tailgating is relaxing and enjoying time spent with friends and family so it is good to have a few activities available.



Planning a Tailgate party? Check out this printable planning sheet and list of fun tailgating decorations.


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Tailgate Party Food Ideas

Depending on what kind of heating elements will be available, here are a few suggestions for fun and tasty tailgating items.

 Looking for tailgating food ideas? Here are some that will have you ready for game time!

Clockwise from Top: Glazed Chicken Wings

Football Cereal Treats

Creamy Macaroni Salad

Blue Cheese & Chive Dip

Chorizo and Green Pepper Dip

Fruity Iced Tea


Tailgate Party Planning Checklist

I have kept a list of items that are essential to planning a tailgate party and made a printable checklist for you. You may not need everything on here, but it has a lot of what you will likely need.

Planning A Tailgate party? See my planning tips, menu suggestions and printable checklist!

Have you been to a tailgate party recently?


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Friday 30th of September 2016

Okay, the Football Stadium Chip And Dip Sports Serving Set is pretty awesome!


Saturday 1st of October 2016

Isn't it so cute?


Friday 30th of September 2016

It's pretty much all about wings for us! I've been in the tailgating mood lately - enough to ask Cassidy if we could do it before Scarlet's soccer game!


Saturday 1st of October 2016

Love that idea Tamara! Tailgating food is the best!