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Tailgate Party Ideas: Checklist & Tips to Stay Organized!

It’s finally tailgating season! Here are our best tailgate party ideas plus a checklist to help you stay organized!

Before Margaret had any kids, she went tailgating all the time. In typical Everything Envy fashion, she was always super organized and had a checklist of all the items needed to make sure everyone had a great time! We found a ton of really cool gadgets for your upcoming tailgate parties so you can maximize your fun this football season.

When it comes to tailgating, we like a beige and boujee vibe! Everything needs to be portable, easy to set up, and easy to keep organized.

Margaret’s Top Tailgate Party Tips

  • Propane grills are ideal because they cook fast!
  • Ensure your portable grill is set up in a safe, well-ventilated area away from flammable materials.
  • Set up chairs, tables, and shade covers to create a comfortable and inviting space.
  • Create a designated area for games, music, and socializing.
  • Keep the weather in mind and dress accordingly!

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A comprehensive checklist for a tailgate party:

  • Meat (burgers, hot dogs, sausages, etc.)
  • Buns
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, BBQ rubs, etc.)
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, etc.)
  • Side dishes (chips, salads, coleslaw, etc.)
  • Drinks (sodas, water, alcoholic beverages)
  • Ice
  • Portable grill
  • Charcoal or propane
  • Grilling utensils (tongs, spatula, basting brush)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts
  • Plates, bowls, utensils, napkins
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Serving platters and bowls
  • Trash bags and recycling bags:
  • Chairs or folding chairs
  • Folding table
  • Shade cover or pop-up canopy
  • Picnic blanket
  • Bluetooth speaker or music system
  • Yard games (cornhole, frisbee, ladder toss, etc.)
  • Extra lighting (string lights, lanterns)
  • Music playlist
  • Tailgate decorations (team flags, banners)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Car Organizer
  • Cooler
  • Tablecloth
  • Wine openers and bottle openers
  • Corkscrew (for wine)
  • Portable phone charger
  • Wet wipes or paper towels
  • Multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Trash and Recycling Bins
  • Grill Setup

Shop these tailgate essentials and more on our Amazon Storefront! Remember to tailor the checklist based on the number of guests, the location, and the specific preferences of your tailgate party. Enjoy the event and have a great time!

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Shop tailgate party ideas here!


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