Tailgate  Party Ideas

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Free Tailgate Party Games:

Tailgate Party SuppliesTAILGATE PROHIBITED MOVEMENTS GAME: Let the celebration begin with this fun Tailgate sports game.  To begin this game the players get into a circle. They stand at the distance of stretched arms from each other. The leader is in the center of the circle. He/she makes different movements and the players repeat all of them exactly. But there are 2 movements that the players mustn't repeat. Instead of them they must make other movements. Upon these movements the players agree beforehand.  For example, when the leader puts his/her hands on the back of the head the players must squat, or when the leader bends forward, the players must clap their hands etc. The player who makes mistakes is out of the game.  A purchase of matching party supplies can add even more to your tailgate theme. 
FETCH A FOOTBALL: Kick off your Tailgate party with some sports party supplies and decorations to play this awesome football game.  In this game your guests are divided into two teams. Each team consists of 6 players. The teams form up in lines. The first 2 players in each line are given teaspoons. At the distance of 8 m from the teams there are 2 chairs. On each chair there is a miniature football. The first players run to the chairs with their spoons and put the football on them without using the hands. Then they run back, put the footballs onto the spoons of the second players and give their spoons to the third players of their teams. If the football falls down the players must pick it with the help of their spoons and continue the game. The winners and the conquered get party favors as the prizes.
Tailgate Party SuppliesTAILGATE RELAY MANIA GAME: To play this festive Tailgate game, you will need 2 football helmets, 2 pairs of shoulder pads and 2 pairs of knee pads. All these football supplies put on the stools near each team at the starting line. On each opposite stool put a mug with water, a bottle with a wide neck and a spoon. Divide the players into 2 teams. Each team forms up a line at the starting line. At the leader's command the first players of each team run to the 1st stool, put on the helmets, shoulder pads and knee pads and run to the opposite stool. There they take spoons, ladle some water from the mugs, pour it into the bottles. Then they run to their teams, take off the helmets, shoulder pads and knee pads and give them to the next player. The second player of each team quickly puts on the protective clothes and does the same task, etc.  A good supply of party favors will liven up your Tailgate party theme.
TAILGATE EGG HUNT GAME: Celebrate the football game's half time with this free activity idea.  Hide plastic eggs the jersey numbers of the two Sports team members.  Paint the eggs the colors of the opposing sports teams of to match your Tailgate theme party.  Have the numbers ranging from maybe 1 to 5.  Limit the children to how many they can find, like maybe 6 or something.  After they're all found, total up the numbers that are in their eggs and the one with the highest number wins a prize. Have plastic eggs with candy in them too, so that everybody will end up with something.  Such party supplies as table clothes, napkins and  placemat also the colors of the Sports teams will make your party more festive.
Tailgate Party SuppliesPASS THE FOOTBALL GAME: A tailgate party has never been so much fun.  To play this game, arrange for teams of about 8 to stand in a line, one behind the other (arranged boy, girl, boy,...).  Give each team an miniature football which the first person should tuck under his chin.  This should be passed to the person behind.  When the football gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line and start again.  The winning team is the first one which gets their starting person to the front again.  Sports games, party supplies and party favors add to your tailgate party theme and make a successful party.
WHO IS HE PARTY GAME? How well do you know your Sports hero's?  After all the guest have arrived, hand out envelopes. The boys are given blue envelopes, the girls white ones.  In all the envelopes, there are halves of the cards and a note with the following text: "In this envelope there is a half of the card."  Try using cards with the pictures of famous football players on them.  Cut the cards in a zigzag line. Try to find the person with the other half of your football hero.  The first 3 pairs get prizes. Such prizes can be party supplies such as a football, a timer or a six pack of beer.
Tailgate Party SuppliesBALLOON STOMPING TAILGATE GAME: Here is a tailgate game guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.  In this party game, each participant blows up a balloon of their favorite football teams colors.  Then they tie it with a bit of string or wool to his/her ankle. On the given command, the guests (only using their feet) try to be the last person to have their balloon busted i.e., you stamp on your opponents. Again great fun, caution is needed in anyone getting carried away with the stamping. As survivors get fewer, reduce the playing area.  Party supplies and Tailgate decorations are also guaranteed to enhance the party experience.

Tailgate Criss-Cross

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Printable Games for Tailgate Parties


Tailgate Cryptogram

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Tailgate Fallen Phrase

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Tailgate Party Puzzle

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Tailgate Letter Tiles

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Printable Games for Tailgate Parties


Tailgate Word Search

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Menu Ideas and Tips

Tailgate Party SuppliesItís very important at your party to make sure that you have appropriate food to match your tailgate party theme. Itís not going to be a hit if you have a salad bar at a sporting party. Guests come to parties expecting certain foods to be at those parties and while you can vary the recipes a bit you should try to stay on track with what guests expect to eat and with the type of guest you expect at your party. For instance, the guys who show up at that tailgate party are going to be expecting Ďman food.í Think Chicken Wings, corn on the cob, and BBQ ribs. You can have fun with this to make your party planning a little more interesting. Try mixing up some Italian Seasoned thick potato chips by drizzling them with olive oil, vinegar, and Italian seasonings. Set up the food in a buffet format. This way guests can serve themselves at their leisure and there arenít a lot of party etiquette rules to have to follow.

For dessert bake cookies or individual cupcakes for the guests to avoid cutting. You can vary the baked item according the party guests age group. For someone in their teens you might think about cupcakes. For older guests you might want Twinkies and Ding Dongs that is reminiscent of the good old days.

Kids like easy to pick up and eat items at their parties. You might want to get a couple packages of chicken fingers. Donít forget the varied kinds of sauces that kids like for dipping. Thereís ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, honey, sweet and sour sauce and even ranch dip. Since fast food restaurants have started carrying a wide range of dipping sauces kids have come to expect variety in that arena, even if they eat the same food item day after day.

Portable Tailgate Party

The important thing to remember when planning your tailgate party is that it must be portable. Youíll be travelling to parking lots outside the stadium and maybe even pack up after the game is over to head to someoneís house and continue the party. Since tailgating does tend to last several days with lots of travelling youíll need party supplies and equipment that can be moved and that is reusable. 

A grill is one of the essential basics of any tailgating party and along with that youíll need a good supply of charcoal or propane to keep it hot and cooking. Propane may be more dangerous if you plan on travelling around to follow your favourite team, but charcoal is fairly stable and you can pick it up in just about any store. That goes for food. Rather than trying to carry enough ice with you to keep the meat cold as you go, itís better to know in advance where the stores are going to be so you can stop and pick up the food youíll be cooking at the tailgating party. 

Anything related to your teamís colors can make for great decoration. While streamers and dangles make for a great party at home they arenít so good for the tailgating party on the road. Balloons are good because they are small and easy to transport, and you can simply blow them up when its time to decorate. Donít forget the idea of decorating yourself. A colored wig, feathered boa and giant foam finger are essential tools for cheering on the team. These items can all be found in matching colors for you to coordinate with the teamís colors.

Last but not least remember the trash bags when you are tailgating. This is something almost everyone forgets at one time or another. Paper supplies like plates and napkins can make for easy clean up but only if you remember the trash bags to put them in.

Tailgate Party Guide