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5 Ways to Bring Tailgate Style to Your Backyard

Keep Beverages On-Hand
Beverages are kept cold inside of a Homer bucket.

No matter what you plan to serve as beverages, make sure there are plenty to go around close by so guests can help themselves. Create drink stations around the house, using bar carts and rolling coolers. A rolling cooler is like a bar on wheels and often features a double lid for easy access. 

Use galvanized buckets or Homer Buckets to create ice-filled homes for certain beverages. Also, consider creating a themed drink of the day in honor of your home team and serving it from a beverage dispenser. 

Dress Up the Yard
A backyard features games, a cooler and other ways to host.

Fall and tailgating season are the perfect excuse to update your backyard decor. Fill garden containers with flowers that match your favorite team. From there, add other decor touches, such as lanterns and cafe and string lights that will set the scene once the sun has gone down.

For a little extra team spirit, set up zones for entertaining, watching TV and playing games, and hang banners or pennants and cover tables with tablecloths in your team's colors. 

Gather Your Grilling Gear
A man uses a large grill to prepare tailgate food.

Get geared up for the season, literally. Whether you prefer a gas or charcoal grill or a smoker, hosting a winning gameday at home comes down to serving good food. Plan out where your grill station will be to ensure you can still entertain guests and keep your eye on the ball. 

The right grilling accessories will also make it easy to cook for your guests while cheering on your team. 

Feeling crafty? This DIY bar cart holds your favorite grilling utensils and takes less than a day to build. Check out these other ways to create an outdoor kitchen space.

Perfect the Seating Situation
Outdoor seating is placed around a large fire pit.

Guests want to have a comfortable spot to sit, but they also want a good view of the game. Make sure your outdoor seating is clean and dry before hosting a big gameday get together. 

Opt to add extra seating like folding chairs so everyone has a place to sit. For cooler nights, bring out some throws. Or, better yet, spark up the fire pit so guests can keep warm and cook up some s'mores when the weather's just right. 

Go All Out on Games
A child catches a football in a backyard.

Pre-game and halftime can be a bit long, so what better way to pass time than with a few backyard games. Keep the party going strong by setting out games like cornhole on the lawn. Place a couple of footballs around the yard for people to toss around. You can even create your own DIY football toss for guests to play while they wait for the game to kick-off.