Vanessa, also known as Chefdruck, is a foodie, writer and mom living in Chicago with her husband and four children. Whether you're planning a holiday dinner party or small impromptu get together with friends, Vanessa has easy menu ideas and helpful tips to minimize your time in the kitchen so you have more time to spend with your friends and family. Vanessa's personal blog can be found at chefdruck.com
Tailgating season is a whirlwind of fun and team spirit, but without the right organization, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are a few easy ways you can ease the stress of preparing for a tailgate and keep the focus on the fun stuff: food and friends!
Creating a checklist may seem basic, but it is extremely helpful. I have found it is best to divide the checklist into the categories set up, food and extras. Store your checklist somewhere you can always find it, like in your tailgate cooler, and laminate it to hold up longer. Sticking to your tailgate checklist will help to ease stress and save time.
Whether your tailgate is big or small your tailgate style is unique, so you should create your own personal tailgate checklist. Here are some items from my checklist that you may want to consider including:
When preparing a tailgate menu, think about how well your food travels. You want to select recipes that are eay to transport, assemble, and eat in a tailgate setting. You will also want to make sure your recipes don't need to be reheated or chilled, since you won't have that ability at most tailgates.
I have found several recipes that meet this criteria and fit perfectly at a tailgate. These recipes do not need to be heated or cooled before serving, and can be made a head of time if you want to prepare a day before. All you have to do set it out and let everyone help themselves!
For even more travel-friendly recipe ideas, check out these Portable Tailgate Recipes.
You'll be amazed by how much time and stress you will save by creating a checklist and selecting portable recipes. Here are a few other tips to help your next tailgate event go smoothly:
Now, go have fun rooting on your favorite team! And, tell us about your favorite tailgate tips by commenting below.