America is in the thick of football season this month. But what makes watching your favorite NFL game even better is throwing an unforgettable tailgate party before heading off into the stadium with your best buds (or, Buds). If it's your turn the host the tailgate and you need a bit of help planning things out, here are some easy guidelines to consider.
Round Up Your Group
Nothing spreads faster than word of mouth, so get the word out to your friends and family that you're having a tailgate party this year. Using social media such as Facebook or Twitter is a great way to quickly and instantly tell people day, time, and location. Depending on how large a party you want your tailgate to become, allow guests to bring a plus one along. Just don't wait to send out invites at the last minute!
Coordinate Food and Beverages
What is a tailgate without copious amounts of delicious food and beverages? You are not going to want to prepare and make all of the food for your group for game day, so be sure to have a list of food, beverages, and other tailgating necessities your friends and family can pick from to bring to the game.
Don't forget to check the rules of the venue you are attending; many areas will not allow glass containers. Always bring trash bags as public garbage bins will get full very quickly.
Coordinate Your Ride
It's always fun to keep things traditional and use pickup trucks for a tailgate party. However, if you want to take things to the next level -- or if you realize you're guest list is more extensive than originally thought -- opt for a limousine or party bus. Renting a limo or party bus is a great idea because it provides safe transportation to and from the game, and there's no need to coordinate carpooling! Don't forget that many party buses also provide their own bathrooms, sound system, and coolers.
Be An Early Bird
For anyone who rolled into a tailgating lot later than anticipated knows how frustrating it can be to find a spot to park. Be sure to get to the event lot as soon as it opens so you can secure the best spot possible. If anything, make sure those with the tailgating vehicles get there early. Or there's always the party bus option to reduce the number of vehicles heading to the game!
Of course, don't forget to have plenty of fun with your friends and family. Wander around, mingle, and meet other tailgaters.