With temperatures below freezing in many areas, an outdoor tailgate party may not be the best option this year. Trust me when I tell you it will be almost impossible to keep your food hot, or even warm. So instead of eating cold chicken wings until your hands go numb, why not plan an indoor tailgate party? Of course you can still make it unique and think outside the box. The best part is that you can do so with a strict budget. Below are a few ideas and suggestions to help you get started.
1. Everyone brings a dish
Start by having everyone bring a dish. Doing this helps to make it easier to have a fun tailgate. Give them a theme to work with. Obviously when you are planning a tailgate party you may want to go with a nice barbecue theme. To split up the cost have some focus on some appetizers and finger food.
2. Decorate the home like its outdoors
Even though you are inside you will still want to get that real tailgate feel. You can have all of the beverages placed in coolers inside of the house. You can also move your kitchen table into the living room and put a decorative table cloth over it. Basically make your living room look like an outside tailgate area. This can be a lot of fun for everyone.
3. Protect your floors
You may want to consider putting down a drop cloth over all of the floor. Be sure to tape the edges down, so that it does not come up or move around. Or if you prefer you can visit you local carpet store and ask for scraps. Carpet scraps are a simple affordable way to protect your floors from spills. Just make sure you use the no slip backing behind the carpet.
4. Arrange for parking
Take the time to arrange parking for all those invited. If you don’t have a lot of parking space you can try to arrange some carpools. This is often an overlooked aspect of the tailgate party. Most people don’t think about it, but it can become stressful if you have to walk several blocks with a crock pot. Or perhaps you can have a pick up service for friends who don’t live far. Arrange for a family member to pick up some of your guests, and bring them to the party.
5. Start early
I have always found it to be a good idea to plan to start your party at least two hours before the start of the game. This gives everyone a change to arrive and get comfortable. Have your food set up and prepared well in advance so you don’t have to worry about anything else. The last thing you want is to not be in the kitchen cooking when the game starts.