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Tailgate Parties: A Great American Pastime

If you live in the United States, it can be difficult to imagine any major sporting event without people tailgating and partying in the parking lot. This great American pastime usually involves grilling food, drinking alcohol and playing a variety of different party games. It has become a great tradition that brings family and friends together to have fun and support their favorite team, before a big game. It has become so popular that people even take part in tailgating at non-sporting events like weddings and barbecues. Some schools even use these types of events to raise money for their programs. Here is some great information about what goes on at some of these tailgate parties and how you can easily host your own.

Popular barbecue and party foods are the staple of any tailgating event. You can almost guarantee that hamburgers, hotdogs and side dishes like coleslaw and baked beans will be on every menu. You can also guarantee that there will be a variety of alcoholic beverages. If you decide to host one of these events, make sure you remember to separate raw meats from pre-prepared foods to avoid contamination. When it comes to the drinks, cold beer is probably the most popular. It is essential that you bring a large supply of beer, coolers and ice, to ensure that all of your beverages stay cold. Some people will want to drink other types of alcohol and even some non-alcoholic beveraages, but beer is definitely the most popular.

Where you are actually tailgating can determine a lot of things. For starters, the weather can play a huge role in the success of the event. If it happens to be a windy day and you only have a charcoal grill, you will need to pack some extra charcoal. This is because the wind makes them burn much quicker. If this is the case, you can position the grill to minimize wind coming into the bottom vents. The weather can also have an effect on your clothes and wardrobe. If it is cold, make sure to pack a winter hat and some gloves as you will be outside for hours before the game. One thing you never want to do is get caught outside in the cold without the proper gear.

Another important thing to remember is that you want to pick the absolute best spot to set up shop for your tailgate. Finding the best parking spot may not be at the top of the list for most people. However, it is important to factor this in to your plan as you can maximize everyones experience by making sure you park in a great location. This will make your party easily accessible for everyone and it can also provide an easy exit after the game. If you have ever been to a major sporting event, you know how brutal traffic can be leaving the game. The last thing you want to do to you or your guests is make them sit in traffic for hours after the game.

Once you find the best spot, it is time to start partying. If you have ever been tailgating, you know that there are a variety of games that people love to play. If you already own some of these fun games, make sure to bring them. Popular games include ladder golf, horseshoes, beer pong and the most popular tailgate game in the world, cornhole. Cornhole, also referred to as bean bag toss, is the perfect game for anyone to play at your event. Most cornhole boards are extremely portable, so you can bring them to any party without taking up a lot of space. Having party games like these will make sure that everyone stays entertained for the duration of the event.

Well, these are just a few of the simple ways that you can liven up any tailgate party. Tailgating has become one of the most popular American pastimes and can be seen at professional and college sporting events across the nation. If you are looking to start hosting your own parties, there are a ton of resources available that can help you plan events that will keep everyone coming back for more!


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