1Do your homework.
Check with the stadium beforehand to see if there are any rules or restrictions concerning tailgate parties. Check the weather forecast. If it calls for rain, pack up your patio table—the one with the big umbrella. A little rain isn’t going to stop this party.

2Show your colors.
Wear your home team’s colors proudly: t-shirts, jerseys, hats. Face paint is a nice touch. When it comes to dressing up for a tailgate party, there’s no such thing as overdoing it. And when you’re done with you, dress up your vehicle. Put your team’s flag on the antennae.

3Pack your chow and party gear.
Jam that cooler with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, buns, pickles, relish, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, and plenty of ice-cold beer. You’re going to need your grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, and matches. Get paper plates and cups with your team’s logo. Bring a boom box and put it on the roof of your car so you can listen to radio pre-game coverage. Don’t forget the folding chairs.

4Party safely.
Remember to follow all the rules of the stadium or arena. If there’s beer, make sure each vehicle has a designated driver. Do this before the party starts.

If you’re making cupcakes for a summer tailgate party, create your frosting with shortening. It’ll hold up better in the blazing sun.

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