It's been around for years, seen in college parking lots and NFL
stadiums around the country; the pre-game fall tailgating party has
become an American tradition that is here to stay. There's a reason
why people tailgate before a football game, it's a chance to get
together with friends, eat, drink and get pumped up for
the big game.
No tickets? Is your team playing away this week? Fall is
the perfect time of year to host a game-day party out on the
patio. So why not host a tailgating party right in your own
Prep the Patio: While it's true that a
tailgate party revolves around football game, you'll want to
decorate your patio as if you're at the stadium to get the
excitement started. We all know that with sports fans, it's all
about the team colors. Begin by picking up napkins, cups and a
table cloth in your team's colors. Or, why not cover the table in
artificial grass (sold by the foot) and create your own mini
Be sure to bring a TV out, or position one in a window off of
your patio, unless you're lucky enough to have an outdoor
television! Make sure you arrange the food station far enough away
so that it doesn't interfere with the view. (Or spirited fans)
Let the Games
Begin: While waiting for the game to start, you can have
some games of your own. Similar to horseshoes, but totally
transportable, Bean Bag toss (or Corn Hole) game uses a wooden
platform and corn filled bean bags to score.
Players aim and toss a filled bag onto the wooden platform.
Getting the bag in the "cornhole" in the middle of the board earns
three points. Hitting and landing on the platform is earns you
The winner is the first person or team to score 21 points.
Detailed rules and official regulations are available from
the American Cornhole Association. (yes, there is one) American Cornhole
Kan Jam: This is a great backyard party
game that requires both accuracy and athleticism.
The goal of Kan Jam is to score exactly 21 points before your
opponents do. Consisting of two teams of two, points can be scored
- Your partner deflects the disc and hits the goal (1 point)
- You hit the goal directly with your disc, without the help of
your partner (2 points)
- Your partner deflects the disc into the goal (3 points)
- You throw the disc directly into the goal with no help from
your partner (Instant win)
Fans: While the purpose of a tailgating party is to get
psyched before the game, the food that you serve plays an important
role in the party's success. The good news is that the food effort
can be shared if each person brings a dish.
Tailgating parties are not a sit down affair, so the food that
is served should be ones that can be eaten standing up. While there
are certain favorites that can be found at almost every tailgate
party, include a few surprises to make sure your party is
Here is some common
- Pulled Pork
- Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
- Chicken Wings
- Potato Salad and/or Cole Slaw
- Chips, chips, chips!
- Brownies or cookies
Don't want the stickiness of chicken wings? Here's a great
dip alternative that offers all the zip without the mess, buffalo chicken dip.
If you are fortunate enough to live in or around Philadelphia,
soft pretzels are always a hit.
Check out this bacon and cheese stuffed recipe.This is one
that will be remembered and repeated.
Jello comes in almost every color imaginable, (or it can be made
into it) and Jello shots are always a hit.
Check out these Water Boy Jello shots!
Once you begin planning your party, you'll be surprised how many
ideas you'll come up with. And don't forget to decorate yourself by
dressing in your team's jersey or colors; and if you are feeling
really brave, break out the face paint!