It’s game time and that means it’s time to start planning your tailgate party. If it’s your first time, or you’re looking to elevate your tailgate table, you need these essential tailgating table setup tips.
Because tailgating isn’t just about the game – it’s a whole experience. The laughter, the friendly banter, and of course, the mouthwatering feast that makes your taste buds do a happy dance.
And at the heart of every great tailgate party lies your trusty table setup.
The core of the tailgate. The place where everyone gathers.
Trust me, it’s not just about plunking down a table and piling on the grub.
No, my friend, it’s an art, a science even, that can take your tailgate party from ordinary to absolutely unforgettable.
With these 5 fantastic tips, you’ll take your tailgating game to a whole new level.
5 Awesome Tips to Elevate Your Tailgating Table Setup
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1. Cover Your Table
Think of your folding table as a blank canvas for your tailgate masterpiece.
A plain folding table doesn’t bring much to the party. It’s just a surface to hold your food.
But when you cover it ~ BAM!
It’s now part of the event. That covering transforms and elevates your tailgate party.
Now, there are a few options when choosing what to use to cover your folding table.
Many opt for cheap, flimsy, dollar-store tablecloths.
I’m not a fan.
They tear easily. They’re so light that they blow off. And you’re throwing money away because they get rolled up and tossed before heading into the game.
Another option is using a fitted sheet.
One that the elastic corners will hug the underside of your table. While a great option for a windy day, you’re gonna need to wash it when you get home. And it’ll probably stain if any food drops or spills on it.
My suggestion ~ measure your table and go to your local craft store to buy a few yards of vinyl fabric that matches your team’s colors. Or choose a pattern you like. Give the table measurements to the sales associate and he/she will cut the right length for your table. (Be sure and allow for at least an 8″ overhang on the sides.)
Why vinyl? Let’s face it – tailgating can get messy.
A vinyl table covering is your secret weapon against spills and stains. You can easily wipe it clean. And (in most cases) it won’t stain. All you need is to wipe it down with anti-bacterial wipes, and you’re done!
So easy, and you can reuse it over and over again.
2. Utilize Tiered Trays
A tiered tray is a game-changer when it comes to displaying your tailgate spread.
When space is precious, tiered trays step up to the plate. They create vertical space, making it easier for your guests to access various foods without crowding the table.
Load it up with sliders, individual chip bags, desserts, or even dips, and watch as your tailgate buddies enjoy the convenience of a multi-level masterpiece.
Tiered trays are your secret weapon for maximizing space on your tailgate table.
3. Utensil Holders
Utensils have a way of disappearing in the excitement of the tailgate party.
Enter: small metal buckets. These handy containers can be stacked for transport and then separated to keep forks, knives, and spoons organized and within arm’s reach.
Not only do they add a touch of charm, but they won’t blow away like plastic cups, and they won’t break like glass mason jars.
That’s a win-win!
4. Keep Your Cold Food Cold
Nobody likes warm potato salad or mayonnaise. You want your cold stuff to stay cold.
Ice-filled trays and containers are your allies in the battle against heat.
Place them under dishes to keep cold food chilly. It’s a simple yet effective way to ensure that your tailgate goodies stay at the perfect temperature throughout the event.
5. Ward Off the Bugs
Tailgating is an outdoor event. Which means ~ insects are bound to be around.
Food tents are your defenders against unwanted guests.
These handy covers keep flies and other bugs away from your delectable dishes, allowing your friends and family to enjoy their food without any uninvited interruptions.
Be sure and get the collapsible ones for easy packing and transport.
Your tailgating table is more than just a place to set food – it’s the epicenter of your pre-game celebration.
Your table setup isn’t just about convenience; it’s about creating an atmosphere where memories are made and celebrations are shared.
With these 5 essential tailgating table setup tips, you’re armed and ready to tackle tailgating like a pro.
Get ready to tailgate – it’s game time, and you’re all set!
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