It’s Game Day, it’s the South. So what’s probably taking place? That’s right — tailgating! Southerners love our football and we love our food, so the natural progression is to combine the two.
We’ve put together a few little party tips here for you, along with a great game day menu, so whether you’re watching the game from your couch, backyard, or at the stadium, these selections are perfect to pack in a basket and eat out of the back of your, well, tailgate.
We’ve stepped the fare up a little with these selections, but we’re guessing if you throw a few burgers on the grill and set out some classic Coca-cola, your guests won’t mind either! We’ve listed plenty of choices here, so choose a couple from each category (your favorites!), and keep it simple for your guests to enjoy.
Veggie tray complete with tomatoes, olives, radishes, carrots, and gherkins
The Star Player
The Winning Goal
And what else? Why, Sweet Iced Tea, of course!
Dont forget plenty of ice and bottled water to wash it all down and keep hydrated throughout the day!
- If possible, get to your location early to start the festivities, and scout out the best shady spot for your party.
- We all know about the South’s official regional bird — the mosquito, so make sure to bring plenty of bug spray if you plan to celebrate into the twilight hours. And if you’ll be sporting the jersey when the sun is shining, wear sunscreen. Red skin clashes with your team colors.
- Don’t forget to pack your basket with plastic trashbags, a vinyl tablecloth, utensils and cups, paper towels and napkins, charcoal or gas for the grill, any cooking instruments or utensils you might need, and my secret weapon, wet wipes — for those stickier messes.
- Bring along a few pom-poms and team pennants to decorate and show your team spirit!
- Galvanized buckets work great to keep your beverages cold, and small buckets make stylish utensil holders.
- If the game’s an away game and you’ll be cheering from home, pitch a tent in your backyard, and bring out a radio so the fellas can listen to the pre-game show, while still getting the effect of tailgating. Then you can all pile inside to watch the big game with air conditioning blasting and that famous HD, which my husband swears is better than being there.
- I love this cheat sheet about how many, and what types, of folks to invite to your game day party. GQ recommends six to eight, and at least one with a hometown vested interest in the outcome. In the South, that shouldn’t be hard to find.