Entertaining, Everyday Entertaining

How to Execute a Successful Tailgate

There is nothing better than waking up on crisp fall day and with gameday spirit in your heart! Football Saturdays are the pride and joy on every college campus during the Fall! They are filled with traditions, camaraderie and school pride – pride and traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.

DSC7511 Custom

With game day weekends quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning for the perfect tailgate experience for you and your friends. When tailgating on a game day, you are somewhat restricted with your space and are generally limited to your trunk and the area around it! Hoping to provide inspiration to all your game day loving hearts, I’m going to wave my Dorinda Medley wand over this tailgate and “make it nice.”

The key to executing a successful tailgate boils down to a few simple elements – the food and the set-up!


When it comes to game day, I really don’t crave anything other than stadium-like food, local tailgate food traditions and a good ole dip. There is a time and place for everything and a tailgate is the best time and place for all the stadium type eating!

Featured Product BBQ Passion French Fry Cup Set
BBQ Passion French Fry Cup Set Villeroy & Boch Shop Now

To make things simple, I set-up a snack and drink station so passersby and friends can eat what they like and be on their merry way! You can never go wrong with the perfect chip and dip selection your tailgate – it travels well and is an easy one hand style of food that allows you to keep a drink in the other hand.

DSC7802 Custom

This Libbey two-piece “break resistant” set is PERFECT for your game day set-up! Of course unbreakable items are a key component for your set-up. Especially when you have a cornhole set-up in your tailgate!

Featured Product Indoors Out 2-Piece Break-Resistant Chip and Dip Bowl Set
Indoors Out 2-Piece Break-Resistant Chip and Dip Bowl Set Libbey Shop Now

The Coleman portable grill was also a major life-saver – being able to cook fresh food at your tailgate is always a plus. The grill has legs that fold so it’s easy to stow in your car!

Featured Product Roadtrip 285 Portable Grill
Roadtrip 285 Portable Grill Coleman Shop Now

I also love the convenience of the Coleman cooler – it’s the perfect place to house your drinks and any perishable foods you brought. When it’s time to go to the game, you can toss everything in the cooler to stay fresh while you are counting touchdowns!

Featured Product 54 Quart Steel-Belted Cooler
54 Quart Steel-Belted Cooler Coleman Shop Now


My goal for the set-up was to create a tailgate the represented me, my style, and disguise parts of the car that just weren’t aesthetically pleasing. First to be covered, the interior of the car! Tossed over the back seat of the car is my favorite Time Concept fringe blanket – it added a fun print and texture to my set-up and the best part, the colors compliment the car! The blanket then served as a nice backdrop to the food set-up!

Featured Product Boho Fringe Blanket
Boho Fringe Blanket Time Concept Shop Now

Around the exterior of the car, I added some functional, and fun, elements! You can never go wrong with adding seating like this Picnic Time sports chair – there are so many great functions to the chair including the arm table for drinks and snacks!

Featured Product Sports Chair
Sports Chair Picnic Time Shop Now

Rounding out the set-up is this bean bag toss from Picnic Time! Tailgates are more fun with games and a great way to encourage comradery with others who are tailgating too!

Featured Product Bean Bag Toss Travel Set
Bean Bag Toss Travel Set Picnic Time Shop Now
DSC7638 Custom

Even more Everyday Entertaining articles for you

Get on the list to stay up to date on everything The Inspired Home.