If you enjoy tailgating, there will undoubtedly be times when you are unable to make it to the game. That doesn?t mean you can?t enjoy yourself just as much as you would at the stadium. Tailgating at home on Minnesota concrete patios is a snap, provided you follow these tips.
The first thing you will want to do is to make your patio as festive as possible. Use tablecloths, streamers, balloons, and lanterns in your team?s colors to help set the mood. Add props you already have such as small footballs or stuffed animals that represent your team?s mascot. Set up a face painting station in one corner of your patio to make it easy for your guests to get their game face on.
Make sure there are a few games in your backyard for kids to enjoy. Put a new twist on the traditional corn hole and ring toss by using rings or bean bags in your team?s colors. You could even make your own ring toss game by painting beer bottles different colors. Since you will have more space than you would in a parking lot, you can include yard games you would not normally play such as croquet, badminton, and volleyball.
It isn?t a tailgate party without food. Fire up the grill and enjoy some football-shaped burgers or hot dogs branded with your team?s logo. Some other choices you may want to consider include:
You may be more concerned with messes when you are grilling at home. One way to eliminate the mess and dress up your space is to use patio stones. Patio stones resemble rows of square tile, and are designed to sit underneath your grill or fire pit for protection. They are available in a variety of colors, making it easy to choose one that matches the rest of your decorations.
Place your finished dishes on a long table buffet style, putting plates, forks, and napkins on one end and drinks on another. Ideally, this table will be somewhat close to your grill so that when food is ready, you can easily remove it. You may even want to set up a canopy pop-up tent over top of your food table to provide it with greater protection.
The best part about tailgating at home is that you have access to running water, and can therefore use real dishes if you like. You may have bowls shaped like a football or serving platters that resemble a football field-if so, feel free to get them out so that your event will feel even more special.
Odds are you won?t want to leave your patio to go watch the game. If so, you can simply run a heavy-duty extension cord from your living room to your patio and bring your television outdoors. Depending on the type of signal you get, you might also need a wireless TV receiver. Place your television and some chairs on the opposite side of your patio as the food so that guests can easily go back and forth whenever they like.
If you choose to watch the action indoors, keep a radio tuned to the game on your patio. That way, your guests won?t miss any of the happenings if they step outside for a few moments.
After hosting a tailgate party on your patio, you may decide you prefer that location to a parking lot. The perfect backyard tailgate party begins with the right patio, which is why you should contact us to see the latest plans.