If you’re hosting a tailgate party at home this year, I’ve got the perfect solution for Simple Tailgate Food Ideas! I’m all about less work and more fun, all the while saving money!
Entertaining can seem overwhelming, but these simple tailgate party tips and ideas will save time, money and stress! Let’s ALL enjoy the party, even if it’s just your own family.
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Simple Tailgate Food Ideas
I wanted to create something similar to a charcuterie board, but with game day foods. I started searching for an extra large platter or board in all my serving ware and nothing seemed big enough for what I had in mind. My girlfriend who was here from out of town suggested I use something unexpected and that’s when I remembered I had an industrial sized muffin baking pan that would be perfect for a dishing up a variety of football snacks in a fun and festive way.
Since our tailgate party was at home, this was something I could place right on our trunk that acts as a coffee table, without overcrowding the space with multiple platters of snacks. Plus it was unique, interesting and really functional!
You gotta think outside the box sometimes!
I filled my new tailgate football party food platter with a mixture of tastes, texture, and color. You’ll be amazed by how creative and delicious it will turn out.
Tailgate Finger Foods
- Hearty Foods – you gotta have something meaty. I chose chicken wings, wrapped smokies, meatballs and cheese cubes. Add tongs or toothpicks so they can grab what they need. These will usually go first, so have extras ready to refill.
- Veggies – Make the vegetables easy to eat. Slice everything for easy grabbing.
- Dips & Condiments- People love to dip foods, especially party food! Whether it’s chips, vegetables, crackers or wings… dipping choices are key.
- Crunch – Add a variety of texture for crunch!
Of course, it’s always a great idea to have a few large bowls filled with chips & popcorn and bottled water.
Be sure of offer small paper plates and napkins. I keep it simple with plain white, but you can always go all out and use your team’s colors. If you have extra time and energy, here are some game day printables for easy party decor.
How to Host a Tailgate Party and Save Money
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