How To Host the Ultimate Tailgate


This time of year, it’s not just Saturday we look forward to anymore. It’s game day. After all, what could be better than donning your school’s colors for a day full of friends, family, delicious food and cold beverages – all in anticipation of the big game? Whether you’re hosting your own backyard event, or making the trek to the stadium, we can show you what to pack, what to serve, which games to play and how to decorate so your tailgate gathering goes off without a hitch.

First things first: when it comes to packing, we’ve got you covered. Simply download and print off this handy tailgating checklist.

Now, for (arguably) the most important part of hosting a successful tailgate gathering: the spread. The following recipes are not only easy to make for larger groups, but they’re all-around crowd pleasers. 

  • Big Game Bean Dip. This one is a no-brainer. Add jalapenos for a dip that matches your level of competitive fire. Bring more chips than you think you’ll need. Get the recipe
  • Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger Sliders. When the exact number of guests is iffy, and you don’t want to plan on one full-size burger for every potential guest, opt for these flavorful little sliders instead. Get the recipe
  • Sweet Potato Chips. Make this sweet and salty side ahead of time and serve on game day in Chinet® Cut Crystal® 9 oz. cups dressed up with festive ribbons in your school’s colors. Get the recipe.
  • Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches. If you’re short on prep time, use your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce instead of going the homemade route. Either way, be sure to have Chinet® Classic White™ Dinner Plates on hand for serving. because this is one saucy dish. Get the recipe. 
  • Brownie Pizza. Yes, victory is sweet. But this chocolaty brownie pizza with toppings galore is even sweeter. Get the recipe. 
  • Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce. This homemade bleu cheese dipping sauce will make it darn near impossible to forget about your veggies come game day. But then again, it’s also super tasty to slather on top of a burger hot off the grill. Serve in the Chinet® Classic White™ Chip & Dip Party Tray. Get the recipe. 

On to decorations! If you’re hosting your gathering at home, punch up the atmosphere with festive Tailgate Party Cups. The Game Day Referee Banner can also be used as a fun backdrop to your snacking spread. If you’d rather showcase your team’s colors, opt for colored Washi tape instead of the standard black.

So, there you have it – the keys to a successful game day gathering. All you need to do now is go hunting for the perfect t-shirt.

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