Home Tailgating Tips

10 Sep, 2015

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For many sports enthusiasts, tailgating is a time-honored tradition. Supporting the home team means more than just watching the game – it involves an elaborate spread of snacks, a favorite jersey and as assortment of beverages. But tailgating isn’t limited to a parking lot outside the stadium anymore. More and more fans are throwing a football party at home (learn more about “homegating” with our Fan Cave guide) where they can embrace the comforts of their own couch, save money on tickets, and watch the game on their high-definition TVs. Get ready to host your own homegating gathering by following these tips from hhgregg!

Tailgating with friends

The nice part about having friends over to watch the game is that you can divide the tailgate supplies among each other. As the host, you’ll likely provide some of the key food items (think burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings), but your friends can help bring sides (salsa, chips, cheese trays and dips) and desserts (cookies, brownies). If you’re in need of recipe ideas, check out our list of 10 delicious game day apps. Don’t forget about the drinks, too! You can have a good variety of beers and soft drinks if everyone brings a six pack.

Tailgating as a couple

Planning to watch the game with your sweetheart? Whether they are a die-hard sports fan or just a casual game-watcher, you can plan a fun date around tailgating at home. Be sure to stock your refrigerator with their favorite snacks and drinks ahead of time. Focus on making one main dish that you can share. The slow cooker is a great way to keep food warm all day so you can get seconds (and thirds!) throughout the game. Plus, the food can cook while you are enjoying your appetizers and watching pre-game highlights without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Tailgating with kids

Family time doesn’t mean you have to begrudgingly change the game to the cartoon channel. Many kids enjoy watching sports and being part of the game atmosphere. Set the scene by getting your kids some home team sports gear – from jerseys and banner flags to socks and more. They can also help you make finger foods for the game. Plus, you can make the game day celebration a special event by concocting some fun non-alcoholic cocktails for the little ones to enjoy (check out our non-alcoholic cocktails for kids board on Pinterest for some inspiration).

Prepare ahead of time and enjoy game day!

The most important tailgating tip – whether at home or outside the stadium – is to have fun. No matter who you watch the game with, and no matter what kind of snacks and drinks you have, be sure to relax and focus on the moment. For more ideas on getting ready for hosting, read our big game party tips and browse our Big Game Pinterest board below!

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