Football season is back! Whether you're a die-hard fan or enjoy the occasional tailgate with friends, keeping things light at these events can be almost impossible. Touching down at the scene prepped with fresh and delicious food will help you stay on track — and make you a hit with fellow fans. Between lightened-up classics like wings and chili, plus creative twists on pizza and seven-layer dip, something on this list is sure to inspire your next tailgate. The real question is: are you ready for some football?
If that's not quite his style, swap out a normal neckpiece for the new Kurgo Wander Collar. Its leash ring doubles as a bottle opener. Kinda brilliant in theory yet, while there aren't any laws about walking a dog while drunk, I'm guessing this could violate an open-container policy on normal city streets. But at a tailgate — no problemo.
Do you think these items are more cool . . . or more crazy?
The veggies and sausages are roasted while the bread gets toasty and the cheese melts. The ingredient list calls for bottled balsamic dressing, but if you have the time and skills, why not whisk your own quick vinaigrette?
Serve with mixed greens and a cold beer. To make this mid-week pick-me-up, get the recipe after the break.
Pack a folding table and tablecloth in your trunk and ask a guest to bring a bouquet of flowers. To ensure that they don't get crushed, store the oatmeal cookies in tupperware. Don't forget a knife and cutting board so you can slice the sandwiches and quesadillas.
What do you bring when tailgating?
Cookies are also perfectly portable and can be made in advance, meaning they're ideal for a tailgate. Because the finished dough needs time to chill in the fridge before being baked, this recipe must be prepared several days before the game.
To make these cookies for your friends and family, get the recipe and keep reading.
I'm not exactly sure the item's been developed with patent-worthy innovation, but I would definitely use it to keep my fingers warm during chilly nighttime football games.
Would you be willing to wear a High Life hoodie if it meant boozing hands-free?
Get your team spirit on when planning the look of a tailgate. I always cheer on my alma mater (Go Bears!), so blue and gold are the featured colors. Start by setting up a long folding table near the back of your car. In my case, I'll cover the table with a blue tablecloth and set out a vase of yellow gerbera daisies. Yellow paper plates and napkins are festive and easy to clean up. Serving the dips in a snack helmet is sure to get your guests talking. Arrange chairs in a circle around your tailgating area. Temporary tattoos make a fabulous favor. How do you decorate for a tailgate?