Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for Your College Tailgate Season

    Game Day!  College football season is starting, and we couldn't be more excited.  If you go to a big football school, you know how much fun tailgating can be. Tailgating is extra fun if you do it correctly.  I'm talking the right food, set-up, crowd, clothes, etc.  We have a few of our expert tips to share with you.

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    Of course there will be multiple coolers around filled with sodas, beer, and water.  Don't be that person searching in every cooler for the drink you want. Label the coolers with all the drinks that are inside to make it easier for your tailgate guests.


    cooler labels

    Speaking of coolers, we found a diagram to make your cooler-packing more efficient.


    how to pack a cooler


    Instead of using ice inside, freeze water bottles.  By the time you want to drink the water bottles, your other beverages will be gone and your ice will have melted.

    frozen water bottles


    Keep a toolbox with all the essentials for tailgating in your car.  Some components are:

    • wet wipes
    • paper towels
    • trash bags
    • your favorite condiments
    • bottle opener
    • skewers
    • toothpicks

    Make sure to also bring jumper cables!


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    Get custom fanny packs for the tailgate attendees!  They can either be for just the tailgate, or you can incorporate your sorority or fraternity on the fanny packs.


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    As we approach the fall and winter seasons, football games will start to get colder.  Make sure to bring your sweatshirts, beanies and scarves! We will be releasing more winter/holiday gear within the next month (yay!)


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    Half the fun of tailgating (I'd say a little more than half) is the food that everyone brings.  You can come up with some really awesome recipes to feed your tailgaters.

    If you're like me, you love breakfast.



    Don't worry about skipping the most important meal of the day; bring breakfast to the tailgate. Easiest way to do this? Breakfast that you can eat with your hands.  Try sausage and bacon wrapped in a delectable pancake sandwich.


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    Another breakfast idea is this fruit and donut kebab. You can combine healthy with not-so-healthy if you serve these.  They are also super easy to make!


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    Another one of my favorite parts about tailgating is how many appetizers are always served! There are always a million and one dips available, endless amounts of chips, and if you're lucky, these 15 best game day recipes.

    Try this yummy pizza dip or this taco dip if you want to please the crowd.



    In some cities, you can buy a 54" by 54" pizza (the one below is from Big Mama's in Los Angeles). If you are hosting a large tailgate, this pizza would be perfect.  Note that you sometimes have to reserve these in advance!


    pizza Source: Big Mama's Pizza

    Make these buffalo chicken sliders the night before the game.  They are made with boneless buffalo wings, Hawaiian rolls, Provolone cheese, and ranch dressing.  Check out the recipe here.


    b chicken sliders


    Hope you all have happy and delicious tailgates!


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