We hate to break it to you, but the summer season is dwindling down to its last days. As sad as it is to think about, at least football season has arrived, which also means tailgating! While there is nothing quite like tailgating outside of a stadium surrounded by your friends and fellow fans, for many of us, that isn’t really a practical plan every weekend. Fortunately, outdoor living areas provide the perfect space for the ultimate tailgating and game-day experience! 

At Compass Outdoor Design, we specialize in designing and building outdoor living spaces that allow homeowners to get more enjoyment out of their backyards and are perfect for hosting gatherings and parties. We know that Texas takes football seriously, so in today’s blog, we are going to share a few tips to help transform your outdoor living space into the ultimate tailgating experience.

Set The Right Atmosphere

If you’re going to host a game-watching party in your outdoor living space, the first step is to get all of the right trimmings and decor to really create a game-day atmosphere. Add team-colored streamers throughout your outdoor living area. You can also try to find tablecloths, napkins, plates and utensils, and other tailgating details in your team’s colors to fit it all together. For a classic tailgate feel, don’t forget to have a music playlist ready to go. 

Have Enough Food

What is a tailgate party without any food? The key to tailgating food is incorporating a lot of small bites and finger foods that can go a long way. Of course, we’re also all for lighting up the grill and throwing on some bratwursts or hamburgers. Whatever food you have on the menu, make sure that you have enough to feed all the guests attending your game day gathering. If you have an outdoor kitchen, you will still be able to prepare, cook, or grill food for your tailgating party without having to miss any of the excitement. 

Stock Up On Game Day Drinks

Tailgating without drinks is like football without touchdowns, you still can win, but it feels somewhat less exciting and satisfying. That is why you need to make sure you have a cooler stocked with an assortment of beverages. From beer and mixed drinks to soda and water, it’s important to have a variety of drinks for your guests to choose from. If you have an outdoor kitchen with a refrigerator, you are in luck! Stock your fridge with all of the best game day brews and beverages and have cold ones ready to go throughout the duration of your event. 

Play Pre-Game Activities

From beer pong to cornhole, there are a variety of tailgating games you can take right from the parking lots and drop right in your own outdoor living area. Having a selection of pre-game games and activities will encourage guests to mingle and maybe even get some of the competitive juices flowing before game time.

A Prime Spot To Watch

What is the point of a tailgate party if there is no game to watch after? A prime spot to watch the game is a must if you are hosting a party, and with larger and larger outdoor televisions, there’s absolutely no reason you and your guests can’t have a front-row experience in the comfort of your outdoor living space. Outdoor TVs are waterproof, so they can be left outside year long and will certainly come in handy this football season. If you don’t have a TV in your outdoor living space, you could always consider renting a projection television screen.

Have Plenty Of Seating

Once the game starts your guests are more than likely going to want to sit down and watch, so make sure that you have enough seating for everyone. Make sure to place patio furniture near the TV and other popular areas of your patio space. If you need to create more viewing space around your TV, try arranging the chairs in rows, sort of like stadium-style seating. 

Heat Things Up Afterwards

If you want to keep your party going into the night, especially after a team victory, an outdoor fireplace is a perfect way to heat things up. Not only will outdoor fireplaces provide warmth on those chilly fall nights, but they can be used for making s’mores and are great for gathering around and making conversation. 

By following these tips, you should be heading in the right direction towards a successful tailgating party. Heck, with all the good food, drinks, and not having to wait in long lines for the bathroom, a game day party in your outdoor living space maybe even better than going to the stadium.

If you are interested in transforming your backyard into a quality outdoor living space where you can host your own parties and gatherings, contact the patio contractors at Compass Outdoor Design!