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We all lead fairly busy lives and sometimes circumstances prevent us from doing what we really like to do. In this instance I’m referring to missing out on tailgating at the stadium. But just because you can’t make it to stadium doesn’t mean that you can’t bring a little of the stadium to you. Although nothing can campare to the real deal, throwing an at-home tailgating party (aka Homegating) can be just as fun and enjoyable. You have all the amenities of home for preparing your game day menu and beverages, you can plan games and activities for your friends to partake in, and enjoy the game from the comforts of your couch. For the game days that you can’t make it to the stadium, here are some at-home tailgating ideas.
Game Day Food Menu
As a game day host, it’s important to put together an awesome spread for your guests. You’ll want to find receipes that are simple, low maintenance, easy to scale up based on your expected number of guests, and allow you to still mingle with everyone. Feel free to utilize your entire kitchen and outdoor grill to prepare your menu. It’s good to have options and variety such as lighter appetizers, hearty main dishes, and delicious deserts. Some food suggestions are:
- BBQ smokies
- Chicken wings
- Jalepeno poppers
- Spinach artichoke dip
- Cheese curds
- Bratwursts/Hot Dogs
- Pulled pork sandwiches
- BBQ ribs
- Hamburger sliders
- Sheet cake
- Mini cheesecakes
Another option to consider.. if putting together a menu and cooking all of this food sounds a little overwhelming then ask your guests to bring over an item or two and enjoy a game day potluck!
Game Day Drinks
The sky is the limit when it comes to game day drinks. You’ll want to know who your crowd is. If there are going to be a lot of young kids, make sure there non-alcoholic drinks available. However one thing is for sure, beer is an absolute necessity. So make sure your cooler and fridge are stocked. From there you can provide the fixings to make Caesers, Margaritas, Spiked Sweet Tea, or whatever else you can think of. For fans of the NFL, I put together a list of NFL team specific drinks if you need any ideas.
Game Day Activities
It wouldn’t be a proper tailgating event without any games. Since tailgating typically lasts a few hours before the game even starts you’ll want to provide some entertainment and activities for your guests. On nice weather days, break out some cornhole, giant jenga, spike ball, or some ladder golf. If it’s colder out, step inside and put together some trivia or grab a heater and play beer (or water) pong in the garage.
TVs and Viewing Area
This probably goes without saying, but to round out our ideas for throwing an at-home tailgate party you’ll want to make sure you can watch the game and provide enough seating for your guests to watch. This is what it’s all about. Everyone at the party will converge and cheer on your team. If one room isn’t big enough, set up a second TV in another room. Or, set up a TV in your garage and move the party out there. If you’re bold enough and have the resources, you could even purchase a projector/screen and showcase the game in your backyard, where room wouldn’t be an issue!
We hope we’ve given you some ideas on how to host a sucessful homegating party. Just because you can’t make it to the stadium doesn’t mean you have to totally miss out on the atmostphere. You really can’t beat a day of eating, drinking, and watching football with your friends and family in your own home. In your experience, what have been some of favorite foods, drinks, or games that you’ve seen at a party? As always, sound off in the comments below!
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