Tailgate Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Tailgate event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


Select a solid group of music numbers for the next tailgating outing. Singing, dancing and having a great time with family and friends is what most celebrations are supposed to be like. Therefore, finding the right melodies and tunes for those special events is very important. From rock and country to jazz and blues, getting together with friends and celebrating great times or special events will make your event very popular. Tailgating is just as much about of America as the sports themselves. While the food is a number one priority when it comes to tailgating, do not forget some music to go along with the tasty food. Some tailgating classics include:

Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses
Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
Walk – Pantera
Bang the Drum All Day - Todd Rundgren
Hot For Teacher - Van Halen
Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions
Search and Destroy - Iggy Pop and the Stooges
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Mamma Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J

A tailgating with the proper music, food, friends, and beverages makes for a great time. Show team spirit by using tailgating party supplies such as grilling items, tents, car accessories, and games. Tailgating is a great experience because it gives fans a reason to show up for the game, 3-6 hours before kickoff and just cut loose in the hopes their team is the victor on that day. Quick suggestion: Use movies or music to help set the mood when they are related to a theme or idea. Pick your favorite music and play it softly in the background before your guests arrive, to help you calm down and start to relax. Games will be most useful when selected accordingly to the age range of the participants.

Tailgate parties are the perfect party for homemade party supplies such as handmade aprons, party streamers and banners. Sensational get-togethers often involve designing and preparing in advance for the occasion. Most often color arrangements and other needed supplies will add to the celebration and make a great addition to the event. Nearly all hosts will find that fun décor and color schemes are the perfect perks for the event. This addition will give the celebration a really cool appearance.Most often, homemade tailgate party supplies sometimes outdo the actual tailgate party. Handmade party supplies such as temporary tattoos, t-shirts, and tablecloths are ideal for a tailgate party. In addition to this, a homemade tailgate party apron is perfect for the host. What a superior technique for saying, Tailgate party, than to wear a homemade apron. A homemade tailgate apron will not compare to a regular apron that is in the kitchen.

A homemade tailgate party apron is very easy to make. First, locate a plain white apron and iron out the wrinkles. Then, create your design on a piece of paper before actually writing or painting it on your apron. This design should receive a careful analysis prior to painting on the apron. Once you have your design, begin to paint the apron using a variety of fabric paint. Finally, you should personalize the handmade tailgate apron with either your name or a catchy phrase. In addition to the homemade tailgate apron, party streamers, signs and banners are also very popular. For the most party, these homemade party supplies and party goods will be a great touch and provide a great deal of conversation among your guests.


A tailgate themed cake is perfect for a holiday celebration or birthday. This fast paced celebration is the ideal time for creative desserts and other party foods designed especially for this celebration. These items are always a great addition to a celebration and most often fun like cakes that are designed especially for this celebration will make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these great party foods and desserts will add a lot of fun to the celebrated event. It also works great for a game day celebration. The best part about a tailgate theme is that it fits in with any sport. Whether you are a football fan or a baseball fan, tailgating is fun, exciting and a good time for friends as well as family.

Creating a cake can be done simply by picking a favorite team or favorite sport. Maybe you want to through a party that incorporates all the different sports. It is your party- choose what you want to do!

Something important to remember with any themed party is to pick the right party supplies and make sure that you use plenty of color. It is also important to stick to a color theme which could be the colors of the team or simply a color combination that you choose. When you pick the color scheme, be sure to include it in the cake as well.

When baking and assembling your tailgate theme cake, be sure to make enough for everyone. A good rule of thumb is to make 1 ½ piece for everyone. This helps account for those that eat two pieces or those that have a bigger piece than you anticipated. More often than not, when it comes to tailgating, people come ready to eat!

It's game season again and you’ve got to put together a great tailgate theme party to keep your friends and family entertained before and after the game. A tailgate themed party can work well for the party that’s even held at home in front of the television. All you need to do is just combine elements of the tailgating party held at the stadium with your sports party at home. From making a guest list to preparing the food, having a plan will make the celebration go off without a hitch. Simple hostess tip: Prepare for the entire celebration in advance and avoid adding any extra commitments or stress on the hostess during the preparation period. This simple tip will ensure that the hostess has a stress free and very entertaining time during the actual celebration.

Think about what elements you usually associate with the tailgating party. There are lots of cars and trucks, BBQ, and everyone is usually sporting fan gear to support their favorite team. You can get lots of fan memorabilia to add decoration to your party. Plus if it’s warm enough outside you can have the BBQ to have some great tailgate theme party food on hand. You can even find decoration themed after automobiles so the guests can get the reference to actually tailgating outside an arena.

Don’t get bogged down in the planning stage or you’ll never have enough time for a good party. So be sure to send out sports themed invitations for the event. Also get those decorations up. Lots of wall hangings with sports or tailgate themes can fit the bill. You can even put up posters of your favorite team players or drivers, depending on the sport. Paper supplies are essential for easy clean up at the party. Get tailgate theme party table covers, paper plates, napkins, and cups for the event.

Don’t let anyone leave the party without a goodie bag, especially if there are kids coming to the game. They’ll need something to keep them entertained during the game so they’ll stay out of the other guest’s hair. The goodie bag can include lots of tailgate theme party favors to provide just such needed activity. Put coloring books, crayons, and personalized pencils into the bags.

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Tailgate History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Tailgate theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Get ready for some tailgate party fun! There are not too many other parties out there that you can plan to have anywhere, have fun anywhere and offer the most cost effective fun, which you can offer with a good tailgate party. Keeping the celebration lively and very entertaining as well as educational is important for guests of all ages. Sensational activities and other worksheets are a great way of bringing fun and entertainment to the event. More often than not, these activities will add a great deal to the overall celebration.

Take a look at the history of different tailgate parties and see how effective the fun has been over the years. Dating back to the late 1950's tailgate parties have become more successful, offer low cost fun for the family and offer chances to eat out picnic style arrive on early for different events and bring the family closer together. Tail gating is something that may be more popular is some areas more than others, but again this is something you will see more of for football games, in the summer months for firework displays, back packing adventures or anything outside when the weather is nice. Send out the invitations to those with pickups and SUV’s and have them to come with their tail gates down ready to party and have a good, safe fun. Bring your own food, swap recipes and just enjoy the summer air, each others company and good times. Let the kids play with sparklers, bring the baseball and glove and just enjoy family time together as well. Tailgating is something that has been around for nearly 60 years, and now it is something that is a part of the American culture. Send out the invitations, or send out text messages, bring a side dish and a frisby and meet you down by the water, this is a last minute get together, it doesnt get better than this! A mixture of games both physical and mental will be welcomed by many guests when given the choice. Have games and activities at a get-together, they are always a hit. A mixture of games both physical and mental will be welcomed by many guests when given the choice. The history of Tailgate has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Tailgate to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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