5 Must-Haves for Your At-Home Tailgate

Kristina DoughertySeptember 10, 2018

Friends, food and sports, what’s not to love about tailgating? We asked ourselves, what could possibly make this beloved activity even better? How about ditching the commute and tailgating from the comfort of your own home? Forget about parking fees and bumper-to-bumper traffic. The only thing in your way will be those friends who are always hogging the chip bowl.

Here are five things you need to throw an epic tailgate at home.


Let’s face it, the star of the tailgate is the game. So you’ll want to make sure all of your guests can see and hear everything happening on television during it. To do this, make sure your TV is positioned front and center, whether it’s inside your house or moved outdoors to enjoy the game outside on a nice, fall day.

Food and Drinks

To host a successful tailgate, you’ll need plenty of food and drinks, and the right kind! Find out ahead of time if your guests have any dietary restrictions or preferences, and be sure to offer a variety of choices. Remember to include some vegetarian and healthy options, too. As for drinks, stock up on bottled water and soda, along with your guests’ favorite adult beverages.

Stumped about what to make? Here’s a list of the top tailgating recipes.


Some of your guests will likely show up before the game and stay for a bit after. You’ll want to make sure you have some good music playing for them to enjoy during any downtime. Most folks don’t sit around and watch commercial after commercial at halftime, so putting together a fun playlist will help keep up the energy. Personally, we think this Jock Jams megamix can provide some gameday inspiration.


After your guests finish eating all of that delicious food you provided, the last thing they’ll want to do is stand around for several hours. Make sure you have enough comfortable seating for everyone and ensure they’ll have a clear view of the TV. You don’t want to be responsible for someone missing the biggest play of the year because they couldn’t see the game.


Gameday decorations can help take your tailgate to the next level. We’re not talking about anything too expensive, so you can leave that life-size mascot costume in your Amazon cart for another time. Simple details like banners, flags, and sports-themed plates, napkins and cups can elevate your guests’ team spirit and amp up the excitement. If you’re feeling especially inspired, you can lather on some gameday face makeup and really set the tone!

So there you have it, the top five things you need to throw an awesome at-home tailgate. If you’re on a budget, or simply prefer to root for your favorite team from the comfort of your own home, follow this guide to host a tailgate all your friends and family will be raving about – win or lose!

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    Kristina Dougherty

    The Rocket Homes blog is here to bring you all you need to know about buying, selling and making the most of your home. Whether you’re thinking about becoming a homeowner, selling your current home or looking to keep your place in tip-top shape, our writers and freelancers bring their experience and expertise to meet you right where you are.