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Prepare for your Favorite Football Team's Game with a Tailgate Party!

Football fans rejoice and be glad!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again.  The chill of fall is in the air, school is back in session, and it’s time for football to start again.  For diehard fans, football is more of a religion than a pastime and tailgating is as sacred as church services.  But when you want to get past the basic burgers, brats, and beer all it takes to kick your tailgating traditions up a notch is a little creativity, some fun football decorations, and a few fellow football fans to share your passion for the game! 

Whether you’re attending the game or just parking your vehicle in the stadium’s lot and hooking up the satellite and big screen to watch the game with your friends and fellow fans, a great tailgating party can turn a boring game into an awesome experience that will get everyone celebrating!  Start out by setting scene at your tailgating spot with plenty of football decorations.  If your tailgating is always reserved for a favorite team, your sure to have built up a collection of decorations, serving pieces, clothes, blankets, and other items with your team’s logo on them over the years.  If you’re not picky about which team you’re cheering for while tailgating, then generic football-themed decorations will fit the bill.  Cover your folding tables with a football field table cover before you set all your foot out.  Not only will it make clean up easy at the end of the day, but it’ll set the stage for you football celebration!  Stock up on football paper goods to serve all you goodies on.  If you’re tailgating at an NFL game, you can even find NFL paper goods for the game!  And you don’t need to stop at paper plates and table cloths when you’re decorating for your tailgate.  Choose a fun football centerpiece or, if you’re crafty, make your own centerpiece featuring your team’s mascot, colors, and logo.  If you’re serious tailgaters and have access to electricity, string up some football electric lights to add some ambiance to your party space as well!

The most important part of tailgating, aside from the game—or maybe even more so than the game depending on who you ask—is the menu!  If you and your friends are hardcore tailgaters, you probably get together numerous times each football season, so you’ll want to plan unique menu items to serve with your standard favorites.  Some people trade off games, leaving all the planning details to one person for each game, or they split the responsibilities for each game so everything isn’t left to a single host or hostess.  However your group plans your tailgating adventures, you probably have your own tricks and traditions in your tailgating arsenal that you pull out for every game.  Whether you’re known for your famous buffalo wings or killer crab dip, you’ve probably got the basics down pat and can make them in your sleep the night before!  But there’s always room for new dishes so browse the Internet for tailgating recipes that are easy to transport and will keep the crowd happy.  To keep your cold items cool, consider a fun inflatable field goal cooler that you can fill with ice and drinks and when you’re transporting hot items, if a crock pot isn’t an option, throw some potatoes in the oven an hour before you leave home, heat them till piping hot, wrap them in foil and once you’ve filled your cooler with items you need to keep warm, stuff the hot, foil-wrapped potatoes in the corners and in-between spaces and voila! You’ve got an instant hot dish transporter that will keep your hot items nice and warm till you’re ready to serve. 

Whether you’ve decorated your tailgating space in all the fantastic football party supplies you can get your hands on or are keeping it low key and if you’re firing up the grill and serving up chicken breasts or the classic burgers and hot dogs or are sticking to cold sub sandwiches, potato salad, and pickles, as long as you serve your food with a smile and a side of football fanaticism, your fellow tailgaters are sure to have a great time whether your team wins or loses! 

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