Fun Tips for Tailgating & Sports Parties

Have you decided to gather with friends for a fun tailgating party prior to kick-off? Whether you’re heading to the stadium or simply enjoying a backyard barbeque prior to the game, follow these tips for a fun way to cheer on your favorite team. The fun of gathering friends and family makes preparing favorite dishes and rooting on your alma mater’s team all the exciting.  There’s no better time than the present to get started.

If you’re expecting a large crowd, send out an email to everyone letting them know the time and location. To spread the cheer, ask guests to bring appetizers, salads and desserts. One easy way to do this is by assigning a dish based on the first letter of their last name. For example, A-L might bring appetizers, etc. This not only lightens your load as a hostess, but also lets everyone enjoy fun new dishes that guests have created.  Most guests want to help and will be more than happy to bring their favorite dish. This leaves you with selecting items for the grill and setting up a table for drinks.  That’s certainly a manageable task.

Select cuts of meat that can be marinated in advance and served easily from the grill. Toss a large salad, and together with the items your guests bring, you’ll be able to serve a burgeoning crowd without spending hours in the kitchen. Plan to serve these dishes from a large buffet table. Guests will be able to help themselves at their own leisure. Identify a separate area for drinks. Offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to your guests.

Depending on the amount of entertaining space in your home, pull in extra chairs to allow your guests to both eat and watch the game in relative comfort. Add a few well-positioned TVs or laptops to the area to ensure guest can enjoy the game. Add a few festive lights and pendants from your favorite team and you‘ll have succeeded in setting the stage for a fun sports party right in your own home. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select a pair of comfortable and stylish jeans from American Apparel and you’ll be all set for game day. Go Team!