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Sep 21, 2012

Fall Tailgating Essentials

By Belinda Romano

Gather your friends, families and friendly rivals for a good time, because it's tailgate party time! With football season underway, it's almost impossible to imagine the weekends without the delicious smell of grilled burgers and hot dogs, and with your favorite teams running yards on the TV, what could possibly be a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than tailgating outdoors with fellow sports fans? Haven't hosted a tailgate party before? No problem! Tailgating is all about having a great time and cheering on your favorite team and, chances are, you or your friends already have the essentials needed for a great tailgate party. Just have a gander through out list of must-haves and get ready to score a party touchdown!

Team Spirit

What's a tailgate party without some team spirit? Put on your favorite jersery and get ready to dish out some friendly rival talk. Go team! Oklahoma Sooners Stadium Football Jersey, $50, available at FansEdge.

Grill

Football and grilling go hand-in-hand. Load your grill onto the truck and make your way over to the tailgate grounds! STŌK™ Gridiron Portable Gas Grill, $159, available at Target.

Cooler

What's a good BBQ without a few refreshing cold ones? Cheers to the winning team with a cooler full of your favorite drinks! Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme® Wheeled Cooler, $45, available at Kmart.

Tables

Whether you want to set up a BBQ buffet table or get a fun game of beer pong going, a long and portable table will definitely come in handy. Iceberg Indestruc-Tables Folding Table, 72" W x 24", $170, available at Office Max.

Tent

You never know what kind of weather you'll get, so whether it's too sunny or a little drizzly, a tent (or two) will always save the day. NCAA USC Trojans Tailgating Canopy, $200, available at Amazon.

TV

You don't want to miss a moment of the game -- after all, that's what tailgating is all about! -- so whether you bring a small portable TV or go all out with your flat screen, you'll be able to keep tabs of every play. Toshiba 40" HDTV, $468, available at J&R Electronics.

Music

Get the party started with a little music! A portable speaker dock will allow everyone to rotate their favorite playlists all afternoon. GPX Portable Boombox with iPod Dock, $77, available at Amazon.

Chairs

Tailgating is also about sitting back and relaxing, so get comfortable and enjoy the game with your friends! Collegiate Deluxe Quad Chair, $40, available at Cabela's.

Games

For those who have a little extra energy and want to take a break from all the feasting and cheering, a couple of tailgating activities, such as a flag football or ring toss, will be plenty of fun. Flag-A-Tag Sonic Socket Release Flag Football KIT, $123, available at Epic Sports.

  • Fall Tailgating Essentials
  • Team Spirit
  • Grill
  • Cooler
  • Tables
  • Tent
  • TV
  • Music
  • Chairs
  • Games
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