FOOTBALL TAILGATE PARTIES

It seems it won’t be long and football season will be upon us. The teams are already gearing up for the fall training camps. For folks, living for example in Arizona, this means practice in the high country of Flagstaff. Benefits for the city of Flagstaff are huge with income coming from hotels, restaurants and retail. Benefits to the people attending the practice means a couple of things…cooling off and having a change of great restaurants and micro breweries.

Before heading off to one of the training cities, make sure you have your hotel reservations well in advance and especially if it is a college town. It is pretty much impossible to get a room without a reservation way in advance. Many parents will be sending their young adults off to college for the first time in August, so this will give them time to see where their children will be spending their days and nights.

Make sure you take in all of the sites of the city where you child is going to school in as so many are regions that have so much to offer for tourists. Grand Canyon, California wineries, Oregon and Washington coastlines, Florida’s Disney World and beaches are just to name a few.

Now… the big days comes…. the kids are off to college and you are going to use those season pass tickets for some football. With that comes the “Tailgate Party”! You can have your food catered or you can do it yourself, either way, it will be so much fun.

Perhaps go to a local party store or go online to buy team trinkets. Showing your teams colors is a great way to start the party off. Your guests can take these things to the game as well. Get a table cloth in your team’s colors. If you are going to do these for every game, I would go to a craft or fabric store and buy material that you can have cut to fit your serving table and then just clean it after every game. Many have fabrics with the logos of the teams printed on them.

Most teams allow BBQ’s in the parking lot, but you should always check first. Personally I would prefer to have it catered as that way I can enjoy my guests and not have to clean up afterward.

Start with some snacks of nuts, cheese and pretzel’s (maybe buy some of those big ones) and some fresh fruit. On the menu is a staple of Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s, ice cold beer and wine. Finger food, hamburgers, hot dogs, Wisconsin Brats or maybe that favorite caterer has smoked brisket or pulled pork sami’s. Make sure you have something for those vegetarians in your life as well.

One of the worst thing about a football game is afterwards…. it is a zoo to leave. My suggestion is to have that caterer leave some delicious deserts for everyone to enjoy while the parking lot is clearing out. Perhaps have some coffee drinks to go with those deserts. As the season wears on the climates usually get colder (other than in Arizona) so you can adapt your after the game party accordingly.

Might be a fun thing to have someone take pictures and create an album for the guests especially if you have the same ones every game. Perhaps if your group is really large, have a mobile photo booth come out and take the candid shots. You can find businesses like this on www.mypartyplanner.com.

No matter what you do, just remember to be relaxed and your guests will be relaxed as well.

Have a great season, no matter which Green Bay Packer team you are cheering for, lol ;)

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