Make the Tailgate Comfortable and Fun – The Garden Gates

Posted on by Ashley Bel

It’s that time of year again when Saturdays are filled with friends, family, food and football. Whether you are a master tailgate party planner or an excellent guest, we have some tools, accessories, and furniture to put on the perfect spread and to not show up empty handed. Whether you’re used to the chandelier-clad tailgate tents of the South or the parking lot parties up North, we have some great ideas for every fan.

Top Ways to Say “Thank You” to the Host

  1. Cute dish towels 

  2. Personalized or themed napkins or cups

  3. Ice

  4. Stick around to clean up

  5. Share a parking pass

  6. Send a nice note and gift card for dinner, etc. afterwards

Creating a Tailgate Spread

It doesn’t matter if you prefer serving straight from the grill or from silver chafing dishes, there are fundamentals that every tailgate needs. If you are the host or hostess, don’t tackle everything by yourself. As a few friends if they mind bringing some dishes. Divide your menu into easy finger foods and appetizers, sides and proteins. Because tailgating and football watching is usually an all-day event, don’t worry about serving heavier foods as the main course. Your guests will need to eat something that will last them, but you’ll also have finger foods for those that just stop by too. Don’t forget about kids too.

Follow Chad’s easy recipe for Pulled Pork here. 

The Best Tailgate Around

Want to make your tailgate party just as comfortable as your home or patio? There are a few ways you can make this happen. Mix your good reusable items with disposable. For example, investing in comfortable folding chairs is a good idea since you can also use the same metal and mesh folding chairs at the park, the beach or even at home. Using disposable tablecloths and linens, silverware and even chafing dish inserts is smart - you don’t want to bring home anything that’s dirty. Mixing some reusable serving pieces with throw aways will look nicer too. If there are items you know you’ll use over and over, it’s wise to buy them at the beginning of the season to get the most use out of them. Items such as indoor/outdoor pillows, wooden mascots, signs or wall plaques and the like can be hung or placed around the tent to add a designer touch. These kinds of items will also help guests easily identify your tent when looking for it.

Top Tailgate Foods

  1. Mini Sandwiches

  2. Fruit or Veggie Kabobs

  3. Sweet and Savory Trail Mix

  4. Chip n Dip Station (think pimento cheese, salsa, spinach artichoke, etc)

  5. Fried Chicken Fingers

  6. Pasta Salad

  7. Biscuits

  8. Brownies

  9. Cookies

  10. Pulled Pork (served with buns or tortillas + condiments)