It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Football season! From the football field to tents pitched in parking lots, thousands will be watching and cheering on their favorite teams. For those of us who will be watching from home, don’t fret, you can still join in on the festivities! Gather your friends and follow these 3 easy tips to tailgate from home:
Any good tailgate is about the food. It’s basically like a mini-Thanksgiving without the stuffed Turkey. Instead, you’ll most likely need some sort of meat to barbecue and grill: Hot dogs, chicken, ribs, brisket, or hamburger meat and steak. Add some side dishes like beans, potato salad, chips, corn bread, fried okra, etc. Yeah, you could always just order pizza or have some chips and queso, but then that wouldn’t be tailgating. It’d be a boring old watch party. Another alternative is having your guests bring dishes if you don’t want to do all the work.
The next thing you’ll need for any successful tailgate party is refreshments, and lots of it. When you think of football-watching parties, you will almost always imagine people on a couch with beer cans and cups in hand. Whether it’s a couple 24-packs of beer, several liters of soda, or an assortment of lemonades and grapefruit juice, you’ll need drinks for your thirsty football fanatics.
I’m debating whether or not to say this is the most important thing, but this could make or break your tailgating party: the TV. The television set is your stairway into football heaven. No one wants to watch the game on a tiny screen TV that gets horrible reception. If you are the friend in the group who has the best TV and a killer speaker sound system, or if you are friends with the local city bums and you’re the only one with a TV, you might as well just assume you’re going to be the host of the watching party. So go find your Costco membership card and get to shopping.
And that’s basically all you’ll need. Tailgating from home is the most fun, easy, and casual of house parties, so don’t worry too much about playing host or hostess and proper RSVPs. Make sure you have paper plates and plastic forks and cups for easy clean up. If you do end up going to one of the games this year, here are some great tips for what you’ll need to do and to pack. Don’t forget to represent your team with your favorite jersey! Have fun, be safe, and Boomer Sooner!