Tips For Tailgating Like a Rock Star
Throwing a Successful College Tailgate is an Art
There is no greater collegiate tradition other than tailgating. Whether it be a traditional tailgate for a football game or tailgating for a charity run or walk, if the sun is out and you are on a college campus, there will always be a tailgate. Unfortunately, tailgates are not as easy as walking into a parking lot and opening a few beers with some of your friends and a grill (although these are necessary). Tailgates require a lot of planning, preparation, and most importantly execution.
The ultimate goal of a tailgate is to have the best one in the parking lot. You want to go to a bar the next night and hear,Hey did you hear about so and so`s tailgate at the football game? Best tailgate ever!!! In order to leave the lasting memory of your tailgate in the minds of tailgaters, you have to be over-the-top while also providing the essentials.
Libations are essential to any tailgate. This does not just mean beer. The bar at the tailgate should have something for everyone. This doesn`t mean you have to go out and raid the liquor cabinet for every type of spirit on the market, you just need to think logically.
Types of alcohol: Beer, Champaign, Vodka, and Whiskey. That`s it. I know it doesn`t seem like much, but anything else would be overkill. These four essentials will not only satisfy you and all of your friends at the tailgate, but also keep the ladies happy.
Mixers: Here`s the important part. You didnâ`t waste all of your money on various types of alcohol, because the mixers will make up for the lack of variety.
Get a grill, doesn`t matter what kind because you have to have a BBQ at a tailgate. The creativity comes from
what you put on the grill. You can go classic with hamburgers and hotdogs or get creative with a crawfish boil. (Depending on how creative you get, you may need more than just a grill).
Often, the food at the tailgate will reflect the fans or the team, so don`t be afraid to go ethnic. The bratwurst is a staple of any tailgate in the state of Wisconsin, or crab cakes in Maryland, and Rocky Mountain Oysters in Colorado. So spoil your tailgate a little bit of local flavor.
Forget your dance party playlist from last nights party, at tailgates you listen to good music. Classic rock is always a must have or if you want to liven things up a little, some southern rock will get any tailgate going. Just to be safe, throw on a Widespread Panic or Allman Brothers album and sit back and relax.
Who cares about the football game at 3 o`clock. The tailgate is a prime place to play some essential tailgate games with your friends. Your glory days of high school sports are gone, so get competitive about things like drinking and ladder golf.
his is when creativity comes into play. You need to distinguish yourself from the other halfass tailgates. I recently tailgated a game with a few friends in an RV. The RV is a great way to tailgate. Perfect focal point to attract tailgaters from all over the parking lot, and you can`t beat having your own bathroom. Nothing is worse than a mid-tailgate public urination ticket.
We also rented a speaker system from the local Rent-a-Center. Car speakers sometimes just don`t cut it. This speaker system made our tailgate the focal point of parking lot 2B.
Here are some ways to make your tailgate better than all the rest.
These are just a few ideas to make your tailgate better than the rest. Remember that no matter what you do with your tailgate, maintain originality and stay creative. And go big or go home.
About Tommy Two Beer Typical Hard Partying College Kid. Just want to make the best of my 5-7 years, and figured I'd help you guys along as well.