5 Cool Tailgating Ideas for Football Season

By Brooke Drake, September 15, 2014, Events & Fun

America’s favorite pastime has finally returned, and that means it’s time for football games and tailgates. Tailgating is great because it gets the crowd energized before the game with food, drinks, and team patriotism. While tailgates are fun, there are some cool ideas that can take your tailgating experience from just OK to super cool. So to ensure you have the best time, here are 5 cool tailgating ideas to keep your tailgate experience fun and different from the rest.

5 Cool Tailgating Ideas for Football Season

Cooler Rack image courtesy of http://campinglivez.com.

1) Keep things cold with out getting wet by placing a cooling rack in a cooler. Not only does this clever trick provide more space in a cooler, it also prevents food and/or packaging from getting soaked. Place ice and cans at the bottom of the cooler, which allows space above to set a cooling rack on top of the cans. There you have a dry shelf to place food on while keeping it cool.

2) One super annoying situation that happens when you party outside is when the wind picks up and blows the table cloth which then knocks everything down. So annoying! So a fun tip is to glue clothespins underneath the table to clip the tablecloth and secure it into place. Adhere the clothespins with apoxy resin, a waterproof glue, and place about 18 inches apart. Once you’re at the tailgate, clip down the tablecloth, and you’re ready to go!

5 Cool Tailgating Ideas for Football Season

Hand Washing Station image courtesy of www.buzzfeed.com.

3) The delicious finger foods that are normally enjoyed at a tailgate often leave hands disgusting after you’re done eating. That’s where this easy tailgating lifehack comes into play by creating a simple hand washing station.  Wash out an empty laundry detergent dispenser, fill it, and use it to rinse and wash hands. Use a bungee cord to hang a paper towel roll above or to the side, put out some soap and then you are in business.

5 Cool Tailgating Ideas for Football Season

Folding Grill image courtesy of www.foodiggity.com.

4) One of the most important aspects to a tailgate is the food – especially BBQ. However, hauling a grill or even a Little Smokey is often times too bulky or plain impossible. So alleviate the pain of transporting a grill with this nifty Fold Flat Grill. It provides ample grilling space but is less than one inch thick when folded, so it takes up almost no space at all.

5) Keep the drinks cold and the music going with this innovative Cool Jams Portable Party Cooler With Speakers. The cooler part can hold up to 72 cans or drinks with ice, and then best of all, you can plug your digital music device in the front pocket to play music through two mounted speakers.

Are you looking forward to the 2014 football season? Do you have a favorite local high school, college, or professional team that you root for each year? If you have any great tailgating suggestions, please share them with us in the comments!

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