Fall is almost here and that means it’s time for football, tailgating and celebrating with good food and good friends!
Woohoo! It’s football season! And, that means, it’s time to tailgate! I am no stranger to tailgating. As a Penn State grad, tailgating is a way of life during the fall.
After many (many) years of practice, I have learned a few tips and tricks to making tailgating a breeze.
TIP 1: Arrive early. Allow yourself ample time to set up, eat and clean up before you need to head to the stadium.
TIP 2: Tailgating is all about the food. Make sure you pack plenty of great food such as Ellio’s Pizza. Ellio’s Pizza is the perfect tailgating food. It’s easy to pack, and you can grill it! Check out this post to see how. Plus, it’s affordable – so it’s perfect for a crowd. There are several varieties to choose from so you can offer an array of choices.
I love to add pepperoni footballs to make it more festive.
Simply use a circle cookie cutter (or knife) to cut rounds of pepperoni into football shapes. Then add pieces of string cheese to make the laces.
As a mom, I can feel good that Ellio’s Pizza is made with real ingredients, like 100% real cheese and no artificial flavors. My mom used to make Ellio’s pizza for us when we were kids – it’s a trusted brand that’s been around for over five decades.
TIP 3: And the drink! Think about bringing a signature team beverage. You can also cover cans, bottles and cups with custom team labels.
TIP 4: Show your team spirit. Bring decorations and supplies in your team colors. Or grab some artificial turf to use as a table cover.
TIP 5: Don’t forget the music. Stock your iPod with your team fight songs, alma mater and other fun tunes.
TIP 6: Clean yourself up. Don’t let a fear of sticky fingers keep you from enjoying your favorite foods. Pack plenty of pre-moistened wipes to clean up dirty hands and wipe down surfaces.
TIP 7: Stay entertained. Whether you bring a football to toss around, ladder ball or even a deck of cards, make sure you stay entertained before the big game.
TIP 8: Plan for bad weather. Whether it’s wind or rain or even snow, make sure you have a plan for how you will handle less-than-perfect weather. Bring a tent, extra blankets and umbrellas. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
TIP 9: Bring extra water. Pack a few gallons of clean water for rinsing dishes, wiping down tables, etc. You never know what you might need it for.
TIP 10: Make clean up easy. Use as many disposable food containers as possible. And for those items that you can’t throw away, bring a large plastic tote to store any dirty dishes that you accumulate.
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