How to Throw a Tailgate Party

Whether it's a simple picnic or an extravagant affair with a candelabra and linen tablecloth, many people say tailgating is the best part of the game.

You will need

  • A vehicle
  • preferably one with lots of cargo space
  • Cooking equipment
  • like a grill
  • Plenty of hearty food
  • Drinks
  • like water and beer
  • Music
  • A radio or TV
  • A power converter to plug into your car
  • A cooler or thermal tray
  • Team jerseys
  • Face paint

Step 1 Get a car Secure a car with enough cargo space to carry the food, beverages and whatever else you want to bring — cooking equipment, a table, folding chairs, a keg. An SUV, pick-up truck or van is ideal.

Step 2 Invite friends Invite your friends, making sure beforehand that everyone will be able to get tickets to the game. Try to show up at the venue together.

Step 3 Plan the menu Plan your menu. Good tailgating foods include salads, chicken, nacho layer dip, and ribs.

Step 4 List non-food items Compile a list of all the non-food items you need so you won’t forget anything. Frequently forgotten items include a corkscrew, water, garbage bags, sunscreen, and sealable plastic bags for leftovers.

Step 5 Chill the beverages Start chilling the beverages you plan to bring. Freeze some bottled water to throw in the cooler. If you have a large crowd, consider bringing a keg.

Step 6 Prep food The night before the game, prepare any food that you’re not planning to cook on site.

Step 7 Arrive early Show up at the stadium early! You’ll need time to set up everything and do the grilling. Turn on the tunes!

Step 8 Party Enjoy yourself. Eat, drink, relax in folding chairs, toss a football around, sing fight songs– do whatever gets you prepped for the big game. Just don’t get so drunk before the game that you make an ass of yourself.

Step 9 Clean up Clean up after yourself, then cheer your team on to victory.