Host an At-Home Tailgate for Game Day

Traditional tailgating usually means setting up a car or camper in a stadium parking lot, setting up snacks and drinks and enjoying some good food before heading into the big game. But if you are having an at-home watch party during football season, set up an at-home tailgate!

Home tailgating, or "homegating" is the perfect way to bring all of your friends and family over to enjoy some good food and drinks before the big game. If you don't have season tickets this football season, or just want to have an excuse to throw a party, be sure to set up your home just like you would a real tailgate!

With some delicious snacks, DIY decor and some kid-friendly crafts, your at-home tailgate will be just as good as the real deal. Plus, you won't have to worry about carting food and drinks to and from the stadium! 

To set the scene, don't worry about going too overboard with the party decor. There are some adorable fabric projects you can DIY and use all season long. The best part? No sewing maching required! Check out these Three No-Sew Fabric Crafts for adding some team spirit to your tailgate. Whether you make a bunting, a fringe fabric garland or a simple table runner, you can do all three without a needle and thread. Pick out fabric in your team's colors, and you're good to go! 

A fun craft for the kids is this DIY Megaphone. Let your kids be the team cheerleaders with this simple and adorable project! Or if you don't have any young kids, you can set it out on your buffet table as a piece of decor. You could even set straws or utentils inside to really make it useful.

And what's a tailgate without food? Keep your guests happy with this delicious and gooey Nacho Cheese Dip. Made with real cheddar and jack cheeses, it's perfect for chips or to top on a hot dog or french fries. Keep it warm all day in a slow cooker! 

If you're wanting to go the healthier route, Coryanne has listed some Healthy Dipper options to replace those standard chips and pretzels. Perfect for salsa, hummus or your favorite bean dip. And what's more fun than themed snacks? Check out these fun Foods to Decorate Like Footballs for your buffet table.

Last but not least, you need to be prepared to serve a crowd. As our Kitchen Living expert, Coryanne has some incredibly helpful tips and hints for Serving a Big Homegating Crowd to keep everyone fed and happy; especially the hostess!

So put on your favorite Game Day Tank, grab a cocktail and get excited to enjoy the big game from the comfort of your own home! 

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