Tailgating season is officially here! No matter which team you’re cheering for, we can all agree that a tailgate party is the best way to celebrate any sport and bring together even the biggest rivalries.
However, if you want to give your tailgate a boost this year and take a step up from burgers and hot dogs, there are a few ways you can make that happen.
Let’s take a look at some tips you can put into place to make your tailgate party a real “touchdown” this year and for many seasons to come.
1. Offer Unique Food Choices
Everyone knows the traditional tailgate fare. Maybe you usually throw some hamburgers on the grill or maybe you have a famous chili recipe that you make year after year. While there certainly isn’t anything wrong with these standard items, you can really give your party a boost by trying something new and unique like an outdoor pizza oven.
An outdoor pizza oven is a great way to entertain your guests and feed a lot of people all at once! Using a pizza stone at high temperatures in your stainless steel pizza oven will give you traditional, Italian-style pizza in minutes, so you’ll never run out of food. You can even set up a “pizza bar” for you and your friends so everyone can pick the toppings they want.
Pizza to Go – With a Mobile Pizza Oven!
While it’s fun to host a “tailgate” party at home, the real excitement is in the parking lot of the big game, itself! The good news? You can still offer amazing pizza on the go. If you have an RV or trailer, the countertop versions of our ovens are a great way to bring a classic taste with you wherever you go.
The countertop ovens can be mounted onto a trailer with ease, so you can bring your “big game food” to the next level, no matter where you are!
2. Bring Comfortable and Collapsible Seating
Between setting up your tailgate, prepping all of the food, and cooking, you’re bound to want a seat after a while. Your guests who might be standing around a lot should also have somewhere comfortable to sit.
It’s important to have enough chairs at your tailgate, but they should also be practical when it comes to how you can bring them with you. By investing in some collapsible chairs, you can easily pack them up for your tailgate, and your guests can move them around to sit next to the people they want.
3. Keep Everyone Warm
A football game in October, November, or even December can be terribly cold! If people are standing out at your tailgate hours before the game, you don’t want them to shiver or freeze!
So, make sure you’re adequately prepared with blankets, warm drinks like hot chocolate, or even space heaters that you can plug into a generator to keep your guests cozy for a few hours before they head into the stadium to watch the game. Their fingers and toes will thank you!
4. Boost Your Decorations Game
A little extra attention to detail can go a long way when it comes to improving your tailgate. Maybe people don’t even bother with decorating for the event, but you have to remember that it’s a party!
Tailgating is very easy to decorate for. Throw up streamers with your team’s colors or fly a flag representing the big rivalry. Choose cutlery, plates, and cups that coordinate with your team’s colors, too, and tie everything together by playing music over Bluetooth speaker from your phone.
With just a few extra steps, you can turn a casual hangout into a real party.
5. Make Sure You Have Enough Space
No one wants to be cramped or standing on top of each other at a tailgate. So, make sure you have adequate room for the people you invite. Tailgates are about walking around, grabbing food, and interacting with other people. Giving your guests space to do that is important.
That’s why home “tailgates” are becoming more popular. You’re not stuck in a cramped parking lot. You can enjoy some of the nicer amenities of a house, including working plumbing and heat.
No matter where or how you do your tailgate, just always make sure the food keeps coming and you have enough space for people to move freely.
If you’re interested in hosting a tailgate party or any other kind of party, a portable wood-fired pizza oven can take your party to the next level. Gather your friends around, fire up the oven, and celebrate your favorite football team in style. Check out Fontana Forni for more information about our pizza ovens, or contact us if you want to learn more about how a pizza oven can transform your backyard.