Football is just around the corner and here in Wisconsin that means it’s tailgate time. Packers and Badgers fans are famous for getting to the stadium early and settling in for a long day of pre-game festivities before kick-off.
A few simple tips can help insure that your tailgate is a success.
- Prep food in advance. As a foodie, I am all about making sure we have a great selection of food to eat. But I like to keep my parking lot prep-work to a minimum. I do all of my chopping, measuring and organizing at home and bring everything in resealable bags or containers. That way all I have to do at the tailgate is assembly.
- Wings are a Tailgating staple, but I like to change up my Wing offering, going beyond just Buffalo. Lately, I’ve really embraced Wings with an Asian flair (click for recipe).
- Plan ahead for activities. Even the most hard-core tailgater needs some distractions to keep them occupied for several hours. I always have cards, footballs, ladder golf and other games on hand. And for those who want to settle in and watch some pre-game, we have a small TV, powered by a Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series Inverter Generator. (As a bonus, the generator can also power a blender for game day smoothies or margaritas!)
- Bring water. Bring lots of water, bottled if that’s easier, and maybe some extra jugs for washing hands or small dishes if you’re doing any food prep and won’t have facilities nearby.
- And speaking of beverages, have a variety on hand and be sure to enjoy them responsibly. It’s a long day and overindulgence will prevent you from enjoying the game.
- Watch the weather. Be sure to pack some blankets to wrap up in if it’s going to be chilly. Usually, things warm up by gametime but low temperatures before early morning games have caught me by surprise. Pack some extra hats and mittens too – or plan on crowding around the grill to get toasty!
- The PowerSmart Series Inverter Generator is quieter than standard generators, something important to note when you want to please your tailgating neighbors and save your voice for cheering at the big game. Plus, it’s about the size of a smaller cooler so it doesn’t take up a lot of room when hauling all your gear to your tailgating site.
What’s your favorite tailgating tip?