'Tis the Season — Football (aka Tailgating) Season


‘Tis the Season — Football (aka Tailgating) Season

Football season is not only about picking the perfect fantasy football team or JOINING THE SANTANDER PRO FOOTBALL POOL (subtle, I know). It’s also about setting the stage for the perfect tailgating experience. Here are a few tips to rev up your bumper banquet.




There is nothing worse than trying to eat a hamburger and a side of baked beans while standing. There could be a fumble or two in your future. So pack enough folding chairs for everyone. And they don’t have to be the metal chairs used for a game of spades. Nowadays, you can find tailgating chairs equivalent to a La-Z-Boy recliner. Picnic chairs today have cup holders, umbrellas, even a footrest. Just because you’re partying behind a truck, doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style.


The tailgate is nothing without some fun and festive fare. If you’re a traditionalist, you will opt for cooking a burger, brat, frank, steak or other meat over fire. Your best friend will be a good grill. Whether it’s the colossal cooker or the George Foreman, your grilling machine must handle the hungry masses that will congregate around your back bumper! Foodies, don’t be afraid to show off your goods as well. You can liven up your party with hors d’oeuvres instead of hot dogs and serve a Beaujolais instead of Bud. Just know your audience and plan to please.


Cocktails…enough said! But keep enough water and non-alcoholic beverages for the under-21 set, designated drivers and expecting mothers (yes, moms to be tailgate too).


Uncle Jerry’s comedy act may be a hit at the family reunion, but every tailgate needs a little something extra to keep the crowd engaged. That’s where the music comes in. Music is like butter–it makes just about anything better. With the wide array of iPods, iPads, and MP3 gadgets, it’s easy to kick out the jams. You may want to splurge a little on the speakers, but trust us, it’ll be worth it. Go ahead. Give the neighboring tailgaters a little something to shimmy to.

Use these tips to help you successfully fill up the truck and cooler before heading toward the nearest set of Friday night lights, College GameDay or Sunday afternoon athletic stadium. It’s party time. Get your tailgate on!

By LaQuenda Jackson


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