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How to Throw an Over-the-Top Tailgate Party

Football season is in full swing – but before you can properly cheer on your team, you have to participate in the sacred tailgate. Here are three tips for throwing an over-the-top tailgate that will be the talk of the parking lot.

1. Replace the burgers and dogs with a full brunch spread

Tailgating for 1 o’clock games can be tricky. Who wants to eat a hot dog at 11am? Instead, bring a skillet and grill up some bacon, eggs, and bagels for a DIY breakfast sandwich. Swap the beer in the cooler for OJ and champagne so your fellow tailgaters can choose between classic OJ and mimosas. Bonus points if you plan ahead and make a Pinterest-approved overnight French toast for a sweet addition!

 Courtesy: Celebrations at Home

Courtesy: Celebrations at Home

2. Set up a team spirit station

Set up a face paint station to let your friends get creative while getting decked out and a DIY photo booth to let them show it off! Just hang a simple white sheet from one of the car doors and garnish it with team banners, balloons, or streamers for the perfect photo-opp. 

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Courtesy: fun365.orientaltrading.com

3. Don’t forget the games!

Sure, Cornhole is the unofficial game of all tailgates but that doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up. Repurpose any empty bottles and create a carnival-style ring toss, set up a giant Jenga game, or test your skills at Ladder Golf. Challenge your neighbors and wager snacks or booze for a fun competition!

 Arielle Doneson Photography

Arielle Doneson Photography