With September comes the excitement of  weeks and weeks of football and football traditions. Whether part of your football watching days are spent on the couch or out on the road for you favorite team, here are 10 tips to make your tailgating event the best ever.

1.Create an Invite- You have to start by getting the word out, check out these themes we found on Evite.  Their tailgating themed invites include everything from coolers to footballs. And you if you are the crafty type, you can create your own and mail them to your invitees.

Music- Having a successful tailgate party it all about the music. We’ve added a couple here for some inspiration.

Drinks – It’s important to keep those game day drinks coming. Be sure you have the proper supplies for your drinks.  Forget the typical red solo cups, dress up your game day drink this game day pitcher from Draper James  with the inscription of “Cheery Y’all” and the  cups that say “Win Y’all” along with “Go Y’all.”  See our Five Game Day Cocktails Inspired by Your Favorite College Team. 


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Food – Just as important as drinks, food is the quarterback of tailgating.  In order to have a success tailgate, food needs to be less complicated. Finger food is ideal, as it is easy to eat and be consumed while socializing before the game.

Here are a couple of our favorite tailgating recipes below.  Check out these plates we found over at Draper James.

Football Mini-Muffulettas 

Tailgating Recipes from our Favorite Local Chefs 



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Support Your Team- Show your school spirit by wearing your school colors, searching for vintage school t-shirts or try one of these Draper James sweaters.  We’re loving all of the school colors with the pom-pom pin that says- “Go Y’all.”

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Games – To pass the time until the game starts, bring games to play.  Nothing says tailgating like a game of corn hole. And don’t forget the football, always a tailgate favorite to toss the football around.

  Create a Hashtag– It seems that all events have a hashtag, so why not create one for you tailgate event.  You can continue it throughout the day and it’s a great way to remember the party when the day is over. #besttailgateever

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