With the start of the football season upon us, there can only be one thing more fun than watching the NFL or NCAA on television every weekend, and that is going to the actual games! Once you get your ticket and assemble the troops to go down to the stadium its time to plan the pre-game party. Here are a few tips to get the party started without stressing you or your bank account out.
1. PLAN for the right number of people. If there are only four of you going, don't buy an entire cow to throw on the grill. When it comes to meats and cheeses, remember that you will have to leave them in the car when you go into the game and they will probably go bad. Buy food that you will eat and try to avoid indulging in too much of the stuff that will spoil. Things like drinks and chips are easier to keep; best to have too little of the main dish and make up for it in snacks. Additionally, you will want to have seating for the people you take, whether you bring lawn chairs or a towel to lay down in the bed of the truck. Long hours in the sun are sure to tire anyone and you want to be at the top of your game for the main event.
2. HYDRATE. Typically, tailgaters spend numerous hours drinking alcoholic beverages before the game. While everyone wants to have a good time, it's important to stay safe and within your limits at the same time. A great way to make sure you have enough water is to freeze some water bottles the night before and use them as ice cubes in your cooler. Then when the game is over, they will have melted and you will have plenty of ice cold water for the post game.
3. DELEGATE. When it comes down to it, throwing a party can be expensive. Buying food, drinks, utensils and providing the entertainment for everyone can be stressful and cost way more than you intend. Ease the pocketbook pain of a tailgate by delegating specific portions to different individuals, couples or families. Put someone in charge of the main dish, someone else in charge of drinks and even a third for snacks or miscellaneous plastic supplies. Make sure someone is bringing a football as that is the last essential ingredient in a successful tailgate.
So whether you are feeding the masses or bonding with some buddies, these easy steps will ensure your tailgate is fun, safe and memorable for everyone. Hopefully, your spirit and enthusiasm will lead your team to victory!