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Tailgating Party Theme

Touchdown! Goal! Homerun!


Is opening season for your favorite sport fast approaching? Your team is in the playoffs? Throwing a birthday bash for a die-hard sports fan? Celebrate with a tailgate-themed party. Sure, tailgating is usually for fans who want to get the good parking spots at the stadium, but the culture that surrounds this pre-game tradition is about comradery. If you can’t be at the stadium, get everyone together for a faux-gate at a local bar where you can watch the big game in all its glory.

VIBE: Laid-back

SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: Football, Baseball

Venue Settings


Pick a pub that has more of a sports bar feel with a few TVs. Ask the manager ahead of time if they get the channels you’ll need to watch the big game.

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Barbeque: the all-American favorite. Serve up bite-sized portions of BBQ classics like sliders, hot dogs, corn on the cob and ribs.



Sports go well with just about any beverage, but there’s something particularly classic about holding an ice cold brew while cheering on your team.

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Creative Detail


A true tailgate would get the competition started early with lawn games. Have a football handy to toss around (or a soft foam version if you’re indoors), a set of cornhole or life-size Jenga.

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