September 18, 2017

4 Tips For A Stress-Free Football Tailgate

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It's football season, which means much more than just football. It also means getting together with friends and eating lots of yummy food. Although I love a good tailgate, sometimes the prep and planning can be a bit overwhelming. So, I’m here with a few quick tips on how to throw a stress-free tailgate:

1. Send invites online. I am a big fan of actual, physical paper invitations, but the truth is they aren't always practical. A football tailgate is one of those times when an online invite suffices. Make a Facebook event, put together an email with the information, or just send a text message to your friends. Less work for you while still getting the details out there.

2. Pick one decoration. Having a Pinterest-worthy party is cool and all, but having a simple, easy party takes the stress away and just leaves you with the fun. Instead of putting a ton of time into decorating for your tailgate, just pick one central item to focus on. For me, that's my trusty chalkboard that changes to fit the holiday, occasion, or in this case, sport. You could also do a football-themed centerpiece, a banner to celebrate your favorite team, or a fun backdrop for your guests to take pictures in front of. Chances are your guests won't remember the decorations anyway, so keep it simple! 

3. Buy pre-prepared food. Sometimes, time is not on your side, and that's okay. For this tailgate I put together, I went to Safeway to get everything. After picking up some Coca-Cola® and COCA-COLA® ZERO SUGAR, I hit up the bakery and deli to fill my cart with ready-to-go food. If your friends can’t do without your legendary seven-layer dip, plan for that, but don’t sacrifice substance for style. A bowl of fruit, donuts, and finger foods satisfies a hungry crowd just as well.

4. Don't sweat the small stuff. There's three main reasons people are at your tailgate - football, food, and friends. They did not come to attend the perfect party. Did you forget the ice? It’s not a big deal. A quick drop-off to the fridge can get your Coca-Cola bottles as cold as they’ll need to be in time for kick-off. Can’t find the chip dip? You will all survive without it (and chances are no one will even notice). Focus on the fun memories instead of any “problems” you might encounter, and you’re guaranteed a stress-free and enjoyable tailgate!

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