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Tailgate with Panache

Tailgating ideas you never thought of

For those of you who tailgate — to pro football games, college football games or even high school football games (bless your heart) — you know what’s expected: a few appetizing appetizers, some grilled meat and your beverage of choice. Some weeks, it’s barbequed chicken. Sometimes, it’s burgers. Sometimes, you get sausages with onions and peppers. It’s all good. It’s all tasty. You come for the company and the game, and everyone has a good time.

But even tailgating can get old. As the season winds on, you replace your favorite beer with schnapps-infused hot chocolate or Kahlua-flavored coffee. One of the best ways to surprise your tailgating buddies is to offer a new recipe or a mobile TV. Someone brings ribs instead of chicken, and all your friends wow with the “Why didn’t I think of that?” routine.

Take Tailgating Ideas to the Next Level

When you tailgate, the focus should be on friendship, camaraderie, and game prep. Sure the food is important; you have to feed everyone to prepare for cheering on the team. But comfort and convenience is no less important. Time to get creative!

Go classy by renting an RV, giving your guests a place to go when the weather is nasty and providing a restroom that will be the envy of the other tailgaters. Bring out the comfy chairs and set them up around little snack trays to give everyone a place to set their drinks and food. Roll out a carpet to set off your section and give guests a little cushion under their feet, instead of making everyone stand around on the hard pavement.

Tailgate Like a Pro

Tailgating ideas — like breakfast burritos on the grill or an iPad as a mini-TV — come and go, but a tailgating party with a professional chef can really make you stand out from the crowd. The smell of local food grilled to perfection will make you the envy of the parking lot.

Make cleanup easy with elegant disposable dishes too. You don’t need to worry about soggy paper plates dropping food on the ground when you spend a few more cents on the good stuff. And go for the higher-priced plastic flatware. Your guests will not stop talking about how your tailgating party was so good, it probably added to the success of your team.

More Tailgating Ideas

  • Get to the game four hours early, so you have time to set up.

  • Make merry and clean up well before the game begins.

  • Schedule the food for two hours before game time to give everyone time to digest.

  • Keep a hot thermos of coffee for the post-game celebration.

When you stick to this schedule, the food and drink will sustain your crowd through the game, and the alcohol will wear off safely in time for everyone to drive home. Hendersonville Tents wishes you well as you root for your favorite team this football season. May it be the best one yet!

Hendersonville Tents is a family-owned and operated company. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of providing tents, tables, chairs, pipe and drapes, tableware, games, specialty lighting, PA systems…everything you need to host a memorable outdoor event. Hendersonville Tents provides a personal touch to any event in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina and surrounding areas. The company provides tents for any size function to fit any size budget. Whatever your needs, Hendersonville Tents has you covered.

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