How to Throw the Best Tailgating Party
Set the start time for your tailgate for about four hours before the game. This will give everyone time to actually show up and socialize. Then you can serve your main courses around two hours prior to kickoff. Following this schedule will provide plenty of time for setting up, having fun and then cleaning up.
Planning on serving kebabs? Save yourself time by skewering and marinating them the night before. This will also maximize their flavor. Burger patties are another food you can easily prep the night before your tailgating party. Once they’re shaped, you can pack them between sheets of wax paper. You can also slice and pack any toppings you want to serve with the burgers.
Since you’re probably going to have multiple coolers, be sure to label each one with what’s inside. This will make it easy for guests to know which ones to open. For coolers that are full of beverages, freeze water bottles and use the bottles as ice. This will save you from needing to dump out the coolers later. It will also provide extra hydration later in the day.
Although you and your guests will have an absolute blast tailgating, the fun will eventually have to come to an end. When it does, you’ll want to have a large plastic tub handy. Having the tub lined with a garbage bag will make it easy to throw in any dirty items that you need to dispose of.
Need to keep food warm? A cool hack is to take a regular cooler, put hot bricks wrapped in foil inside of it and then use this container for any items that you want to keep warm.
One way to take your tailgating game to the next level is by converting the back of your car into a fully-stocked bar. All you need is a set of shelves, and then you can use this space to have fun options like Bloody Marys ready for your guests.
In addition to the main food you plan to serve, it’s important to have plenty of tasty snacks. Salsa is a great choice thanks to all the different ways you can use and enjoy it. We’re always sharing our favorite ideas, so be sure to scroll through our salsa blog if you need any inspiration.