Hosting your own tailgate party is a great idea but it can get out of hand quickly—you have to take care of set up, the food, clean up—and still try to enjoy the game. Well, you came to the right blog post. Jot down these tailgating hacks and you’ll be the parking lot hero.
No one has the time to secure down a bunch of table cloths during set up. Grab a fitted twin bed sheet from your linen closet—it will fit perfectly over a folding table. Now you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing your plastic table cloth all over the place. Even better, you can throw it in the wash once you’re home and use it for the next tailgate.
You’d be surprised with how many little things come in handy at a tailgate. Find a clear hanging shoe organizer to store miscellaneous things while making them easy to find. You can fill it with cups, sunscreen, cell phones, and any other little things that you might not have room for on the food table. After the fun ends, just roll it up.
Labeling your coolers just makes sense—people fumbling over coolers are gonna melt the ice! Now, peeps looking to crush a cold brew don’t have to rummage through the soda or meats cooler.
Take a page from the BigMouth playbook and make sure your decor is festive AND practical. With our Inflatable Buffets, you don’t have to chose between the two. These buffets are a breeze to set up. Just inflate, fill with ice and food, and party on. Once you’re done, just wipe it clean, and tuck it away for the next game—both of them deflated & folded could easily fit in a small backpack.
We all have that one friend who just neeeeeds to bring a six pack of their absurdly-named-craft-beer-from-Brooklyn to every event. Let them sip their weird cucumber spice IPA and save the box—it’ll hold your condiments, utensils, and napkins. The handle will make it easy to pass around these essentials.
Tacos are great for game day fuel. Give your guests some portable food options like these “Walking Tacos.” This way, your guests don’t get hangry when they’re mingling with their friends or playing games. It also makes clean up nice n’ easy for you.
If your tailgate is a neat and tidy sit down brunch YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. Between the saucy foods and games (ok, ok an occasional keg stand), you’re bound to get your hands dirty. Setting up a hand-washing station like this one will keep you from getting barbecue sauce all over the cooler lids. Instructions are here, and you can basically pull this off for FREE.
What’s worse than your team losing on game day? A WARM SWEATY BEER THAT’S WHAT. Having a bunch of Drink Koolers handy will help to keep your drinks cool and your hands dry. You can rep your team colors, even if they’re on pace to finish 0-16.
Don’t feel like you have to throw a Hail Mary pass to have a successful tailgate. The BigMouth Team is always here to help you have a good time!