‘Tis the season for tailgating. Whether you’re planning one, attending someone else’s, or hosting one at your own apartment, we have the tips for you. Although the Pirates most likely won’t be making it to Buctober like last year, the Steelers’ season is off to a great start, as well as the Pittsburgh Panthers’. So this City of Champions will deliver ample opportunities to perfect your tailgating prowess.
The Ins and Outs of Planning a Tailgate around Pittsburgh
So you want to plan a tailgate. The first step is to find a spot to park your car and set up camp. When selecting a spot consider the distance between the lot and the venue (in most cases the venue will be Heinz Field). Make sure you know your way around enough to give your friends directions! All our Park View residents are in luck – most lots are in the North Side and extremely walkable from your apartment. For more information about the perfect parking lots for tailgating, check out these links!
But tailgates don’t have to be outside – you can create a tailgate-themed party in your own apartment. Find football decorations at your local craft or party store and deck out your apartment to give it that tailgate feel. And at the end of the day, it’s the food and drinks that people really write home about.
When it comes down to food, a great place to start is with what you know. Do you have that amazing family chili recipe? Are you great at making little sandwiches and dips? If you don’t have a go-to recipe, check out our Faros Residential Board for ideas!
One of the first things to consider is whether or not your tailgate will be BYOB. If you’re watching costs, BYOB tailgates are a great idea, especially because people will bring what they like, and you won’t have to worry about providing all the options. Cold beer is always a safe bet for a football tailgate, but if it’s not your thing, check out some of these cool tailgate specialty cocktails from Food Network:
As a host, it never hurts to provide water bottles to keep your guests hydrated – or if you’re in your apartment, have disposable cups that friends can fill up.
Besides the big items like the location, food, and beverages, make sure you stock your car with some of these helpful items.
- Garbage bags
- Paper towels
- Paper plates, bowls, utensils, etc.
- Folding tables
- Folding chairs
- Cornhole boards and bags
- Can Jam
- A football
- A Frisbee
- Extra sweatshirts (for chilly days)
- Rain gear
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