Tips For The Best Tailgate Party Ever!

Check-lists can be the key to making your tailgate party the best tailgate party ever.  Veteran party animals have it down.  Make a really good check-list of tailgate party requirements, contents of your basic tailgate party kit and laminate it.  Leave some blank space at the base for last minute seasonal or temporary additions.  Cross off items as you pack them (Use a whiteboard marker).  Add things at the base of the list, such as special occasion foods or specific games. Use your smartphone or some paper and a pen, maybe a smart notebook.

Each tub, box or cooler should have its own contents list as well.  You’ll be amazed at how much easier this will make your day. Plan as much as you can in advance.

Ziploc bag your marinated steaks: Cheaper cuts of steaks seem to be more available in the stores on Wednesdays.  You can purchase them when cheap, rinse them and put each in a small Ziploc bag this size and refrigerate two days. Then freeze till game day.  Thaw the night before game day (in the fridge).  Just take out the steaks that are ‘ordered’ by your guests.  Don’t just cook the lot in one go. You can always cook more later in the day.

Ziploc bag your ribs: Pre cut and steam your pork ribs, then marinate in bags and if necessary, freeze till game day.  You can almost leave them that way till you arrive at the parking lot.  Put them in a lowish heat (covered) and cook till the flavor goes through and give them a last minute high blast to crisp up the outside (basting occasionally will also help).

Ziploc Sandwich Bag

Best Tailgate Party gear – Ziploc Sandwich Bag

 

Ziploc your fish: Say you have some pescavores in your party.  Take them some fish this way.  Pick a nice BBQ fish such as salmon or sword fish.  Cut it into serves.  Place each in a ziplock bag with a non-citrus marinade (the latter will pre-cook the fish and that would be disastrous).  Freeze till ready to party. Take it to the parking lot in its bag and remove from cooler an hour before cooking time.

Ziploc your Burgers: You can make burgers in advance up to ¾” thick and wide enough to fill the bag. Keep separate by using parchment or freezer paper.  Don’t defrost, just cook on BBQ 4-5 minutes side one and 3 -4 minutes side two from frozen state and the middle will stay juicy.

Check out the site rules. Do they allow flags?  Music? BBQs? Games? Check it out and you will be prepared.  If you are nearby and can zip down to the site and check it out, so much the better. Veteran tailgaters lay claim to a space and keep it for years.

Protect your booze: Keep the beer cool.  A layer of frozen water bottles, a layer or two of beer, a layer of frozen water on top (heat rises, cold falls) and your beer will stay frosty.  To avoid broken bottles, use dishcloths between layers.  You will use them on site.  Invest in a good quality cooler that can double as a seat or side table and wheels make it easy to position.

Avoid BBQ misery: Line your portable grill with aluminum foil for easy clean-up – there are some actual grill covers that will make this very simple as they are made exactly to fit the ribs on a BBQ rack.  Trim it if you have a petite BBQ and you can probably get 2 Weber BabyQ from one sheet.

Clean BBQ Disposable grill covers for your best tailgate party

Clean BBQ Disposable grill covers for your best tailgate party

Place a foil pan filled with a grease absorbent material beneath the grill top.

Freeze bottled water for your cooler: Buy water in square bottles and freeze it. Use these in your cooler instead of the freezer blocks. You can then have a decent supply of drinking water on hand. I have some refillable/recyclable square bottles and just fill from our water filter.  This also means that you will have less weight to take home as you can drink the water or use it for washing.

Modular containers: Make sure that all your items are packed in interchangeable modules.  It is really worth planning this out.  Tableware in a box with the napkins.  Games in their own container.  Plenty of room for coolers full of ale. Portable kegerator if you can do it.

Or growlers in a cooler.  I like the non-breakable steel ones.

Pack and store smart: Use large plastic tough storage bins that can double as seating to organize all of your tailgating gear.  If you can afford it, get the ones that can be wheeled. Something like this (as long as it fits in your car) is ideal as you can also see what is inside.

Best Tailgate Party ever - pack in wheelie plastic tubs

Best Tailgate Party ever – pack in wheelie plastic tubs

Pack chairs, canopy and other non-perishables in the car the night before.  Pick a comfy, multi-purpose chair. Just leave spaces for the coolers and perishable food.

Great tailgate party chair

Best tailgate party needs a great tailgate party chair

Set up right (and fast).

Location is vital for a successful tailgate party. Pick a good spot if you can but you will most likely be pointed in a specific direction and have no choice. However, if you do have choice, be selective:  park in the outer lanes as near to the exits as possible and when it is time to leave, you will be grateful.  Leaving fast will neatly cap off a good day as long as you are happy to take that fast paced walk to your car from the stadium.  You will avoid the exit gridlock altogether. When your friends arrive, they will be able to find you far easier. Place a flag on a pole next to your car.

Flagpole to Go for the best tailgate party

Flagpole to Go for the best tailgate party

 

This clever, collapsible flag pole can be used for portable or stationary purposes. Great for tailgating, its features include  4 Aluminum Telescoping Flagpole Sections Snap-Lock Sections that you lock together to the height desired and it can be used as In-Ground or Tire Mount.  It extends up to 19 ft. tall. For use with vehicles only.

Increase your visibility in the car park by raising a flag on your very own flagpole.  This is a lightweight aluminum demountable unit that is secured by your car. Won’t blow away in the wind but light to transport.

Then talk your buddies down!!!!! ‘We’re the Silverado with the tall Seahawk’s flag 3 rows from the west gate’ … easy!  Or give them a GPS reading.  Don’t let any of your guests waste good eating, drinking and gaming time by getting lost.

Spy out the toilet block.  You probably have done your homework on this.  Don’t be too near these but close enough to sprint there in an emergency!  There are usually rows of PortaPotties distributed through the parking lot. Don’t park right nearby, give it a row or two upwind.  You also want to avoid having the pee-lines anywhere near your party.

And a word on toilets: Campers will know that it is handy to have your own toilet.  Avoid the filth of the flooded and grubby porta-potties with their awful chemical whiff.

Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Complete Portable Toilet System

Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Toilet for your best tailgate system

Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Toilet for your best tailgate system

This is gold!  After eating Ma’s chili all morning, what could be better than this?  A full toilet in a tent, the system developed by NASA with plastic bags and solution to contain waste and wipes, it’s the kind used by the Armed Forces and packs into a small bag.  Super cheap and will give you years of service.  Need I say more?  If your site (or if there are a few of you together) has the space, this is a very inexpensive way to have comfort and convenience.  I would just advice putting a bit of ambient music nearby.  Just not the National Anthem. Oh, and anchor with some canopy weights.

Get a really great table and sink.

Deluxe Camping Kitchen Table

Deluxe Camping Kitchen and tailgating table

Deluxe Camping Kitchen and tailgating table

deluxe-camping-kitchen-table

Here’s a camping kitchen setup that is a great way to adapt something designed for damping to tailgate parties.  So you have your portable bar, your grill, your cooler,  but this nifty setup has a sink, a stainless steel prep counter and shelves for everything.  Folds up into nothing for easy transport and is quick to set up. Has absolutely no negatives and is a good buy.  The good thing is that when you go to the Coachella festival, you can use it there as well.

Simple to Erect Canopy

Pop up that canopy and fly your flag at the top of your flagpole.  The quicker you can put up your canopy the faster your guests can kick back and relax.  The Colman is my favorite and includes 4 ultra-bright LED lights which operate from 4 x D batteries and can be dimmed from task to atmosphere illumination.  Very nice!

Best tailgate party - Coleman Canopy

Best tailgate party – Coleman Canopy

Note that the Coleman CPX 6 V Rechargeable Power Cartridge replaces the batteries and is a great backup source of simple power.  It has enough oomph to light up a Coleman lantern.

Best tailgate party - Coleman power pack replaces batteries

Best tailgate party – Coleman power pack replaces batteries

You can place a banner on top of the canopy or beside it and your guests can use it to orient themselves in the parking lot.

Car Locator App: Download it so that you don’t get lost.  I mean, after a beer or three, your navigational skills just may be lacking. So that trip to the bathroom could mean you miss the party!

Chairs, seating and furniture: While some of your guests may bring a chair so that they can relax at the tailgate party, you will need to supply something for seating and maybe a table.  You can use the tops of your storage tubs but a good drinking chair is hard to beat.  Choose one that can fold up to a small size. Some even have little tables attached and hanging pockets to stash phone, drinks, chip bags. See above – the Coleman chair is beautiful and functional as well.   Many of our articles review nifty folding tables and chairs to check them out.

Menu Hints

A simple menu is a better idea than someone having to spend all day fiddling with food.  Finger food shouldn’t be so messy that everyone gets mucky hands which they then transfer to your game equipment and so on.  Go for 2 meat items, some bread, 3 salads.  Chips and dips.  And maybe a dessert that you can either eat before the game or even after.  Coffee is handy too and if you are allowed to take it inside, do so.  You won’t have a dining table so choose food you can eat from a folding chair … skewered meats and vegetables are great.  Or just buy a rotisserie chicken on the way and tear it to shreds in the parking lot and serve it with the store’s trimmings!

Southern Living’s Tailgating Cookbook has some great ideas.

BBQ

Charcoal may taste better but it’s hard to slow down the griller, dispose of the spent coals and packe away the BBQ and get the car packed up prior to the game. Gas is so much easier, less messy and less hazardous.  You don’t have to sacrifice taste – use some smoking chips and a layer of flavored rocks to impart the traditional taste.  Keep the BBQ to a size that makes sense.  You can find rigs to suit all needs but I like the tiny Cuisinart which easily has space for four hefty meals.

And the way we fit more meat onto its small space is to do it in relays.  Some people cook, others play games, others eat and so on.  But all the while, we play music and have fun.  No pressure!

Food Safety

Avoid foods that are easily perishable (eggy mayo, sour cream etc.) unless you have a dedicated cooler that remains shut when you are not delving it to it for goodies.  Don’t mix raw food and cooked food.  Don’t take leftovers home – just pitch them in the trash. Don’t over-cater.  After a day in the sun, most will not be safe to eat.  Trash bags are essential and a pack of antiseptic wipes will be handy.  You will also need bottled water for some routine hand washing.  Some caterers’ disposable food prep gloves are really useful (just be careful near the BBQ that you are not in melting distance).

Clean up the space as you go and also before you leave: Get lightweight, strong trash can that collapses to a flat disk for easy storage.  You line it with a 33 gal. bin bag.  22” x 28”, it can be washed and disinfected between uses. It will save you many trips to the parking lot trash containers. Take all trash with you.

Best Tailgate Party - Clean up as you go

Best Tailgate Party – Clean up as you go

Cool the BBQ before packing it away.  If you use charcoal, pour water over to cool it, wrap in foil and dispose of it in the correct parking lot receptacle (if they have one) or be sure it has been completely extinguished, cold and wet and pack in a metal (non flammable) box away from your fuel tank.  Be fire alert.

There should not even be a grease spot, piece of trash (or vomit trail ….) to mark where you have been.

Hydrate

Drink water, Alka Seltzer if you need it and don’t drive drunk.  A personal breathalyzer may be in order…But I don’t want to bring the party down.

Best tailgate party needs a personal breatalyzer

Best tailgate party needs a personal breatalyzer

So the bottom line is still ‘tailgate party on!’ Just be prepared for everything.

 

 

 

 

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The Best Games, Gadgets & Music For Tailgate Partying!

A totally amazeballs tailgate party experience gets down to the host’s ability to figure out in advance everything that is needed.  Think comfort, effortless presentation but most of all, FUN.  You don’t want any aspect of the day to stress you out.  (Awwww gee, maybe the game can cause a bit of angst if you’re backing the wrong team) …

We’ve got a heap of it covered at the Tailgate Party Site but here are a few of the more unusual things you could invest in to rock your tailgate party.

Play A Game

1. The PDGA Approved Deluxe Disc Golf set.

PDGA Approved Deluxe Disc Golf Set

Deluxe Disc Golf Set

If you have a bit of space in your site, then add Disc golf to your party games.

It is played kinda like traditional golf. Balls and clubs are replaced by flying discs, or Frisbees®. People played this for years but in the 1970s the rules became standardized. The object is to progress around each ‘hole’ in as few throws as possible starting with a ‘tee’ area and ending at the target (‘hole’) which can be one of a number of disc golf targets, such as a Pole Hole® which is an elevated metal basket.   Otherwise, it’s the same as golf, the landscape or area played in providing the obstacles and challenges.  There are no snobby green jackets, no caddies needed (yaaay no tip there) no massive club fees, no age or sex limits and in most places, it is free to play or to practice.

You can play this around the whole car-park or your garden or in a park.  As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the disc-golfer. When the disc lands in the basket, the hole is completed and player #2 begins at the starting point.  Instructions are on the package and there are some great YouTube demos as well and these pros make our drunken efforts look … well, like the drunken efforts that they are.

MSRP             = $99.95

Scare Off The Bugs

2. The Portable Tabletop Mosquito Repeller

Tabletop Insect Repeller

Tabletop Insect Repeller

So you’re tailgating down in the car-park of, say, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and out come the flies and mosquitoes spoiling your BBQ and stinging your guests.  Here’s a really effective way to beat the bugs.  It’s a portable mosquito repeller that provides relief from the airborne pests in any outdoor situation.  It’s around the size of a drink can, is cordless and sends out a safe, subtle floral scent of geranium, peppermint and lemongrass, plant-derived essential oils that naturally repel mosquitoes, gnats, and midges.  No more spraying chemicals.  Just put it on your patio table.  I also like to put one under the table to protect bare legs and ankles.  Coverage is 15 feet square feet and the 2 AA batteries will last for around 18 hours protecting your fellow tailgaters from nasty bites.

MSRP             =  $29.95

Bring Your Own Music!

3. ION Audio IPA17 TAILGATER AM/FM Lightweight Speaker System for iPOD

ION Audio Tailgater Speaker System For Ipod

ION Audio Tailgater

You need music at any party.  The best way is to play off your special tailgate party mix on your iPod or iPhone. Here’s a great iPod Dock speaker system with an eight hour battery (with level indicator) and a sound that will fill your tailgate party space.  It has inputs for microphones and other audio sources so that your crowd can belt out those team songs.

Comparable with the Bose unit, the Pioneer unit and the Bowers/Wilkins Unit it is cheaper and without the stellar sound of those three, but performs well enough whether outdoors or in the man cave.  Very portable and sturdy, kind of industrial looking rather than glamorous but that’s OK with me and it’s light enough to carry using one of the handles rather than both (which is a bit awkward).  You can run it while plugged in or for 8 hours battery.  The AM/FM tuner is a bit of a bust as it takes a while to set it and doesn’t save stations or have presents but you could use your iPhone as the radio and use an input instead.

MSRP                         = $209.99

Amazon price             = $139.99

If you want the grand-daddy version, have a look at the…

 

4. ION Audio IPA16 Block Rocker

ION Audio Block Rocker

ION Audio Block Rocker

The difference between the Block Rocker and the Tailgater is that this rechargeable battery lasts 12 hours and the sound, well, I guess it can be heard all round a neighborhood block.  It’s portable and the sound is beefy enough for all massive scale tailgate parties, BBQs, neighborhood events, weddings and anything.  It’s not too strong on the bass, but that probably means the battery life is longer and also your neighbors won’t totally hate you.

So big, it needs wheels.  The AM/FM radio and antenna can be tuned to the Game of the Day and keep everyone informed just in case the party keeps you from actually getting inside to the game.  Just note that there is no control to save your station selections.  It just has to be scrolled through again from the start. Ugh!

Great performance and value for money and has independent volume controls for all sources. Tough as nails with metal edges to protect from dings.

90 day warranty.
Note:  Allow the unit to drain the battery totally before recharging.  This will protect it and give you a better unit life. Read the instructions carefully.

MSRP               = $289.99

Amazon Price = $219.99

5. Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

OK, so from the biggest, to this compact and sleek little speaker.  It operates via Bluetooth so no need for a dock for an iPod.  Just link to the iPod you stash in your picnic set.   It is not even 6” in length and around 1 1/2” wide and 2 ¼” high and weighs less than 12 ounces.  Sweet!

Perfect stereo sound for your tailgate party and the sound won’t blast your neighbor sites into kingdom come.  The battery lasts 15 hours and is rechargeable (Lithium-ion battery).  It is very compact but has a volume that is excellent for the tailgating party.

It comes in a wide range of colors so you can select one to match your team logo!

You can connect with 2 devices at a time so you can double up your music library.  Has USB data port.

MSRP                         = $149.99

Amazon price             = $131.27

Choose The Right Tailgate Party Songs!

6. Top Twenty Sports Songs For Tailgate Parties

Ok, so now you have your great speaker, what music do you want to feature at your tailgate party?  Here’s a list for your reference!  You can get these all from iTunes.

20           Kenny Chesney – “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems”

19           Craig Morgan – “Redneck Yacht Club”

18           Brad Paisley – “Alcohol”

17           Joe Nichols – “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”

16           Jason Aldean – “She’s Country”

15           Trace Adkins – “Swing”

14           Alan Jackson – “Good Time”

13           Big & Rich – “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)”

12           Zac Brown Band – “Toes”

11           Billy Currington – “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer”

10           Toby Keith – “I Love This Bar”

9              Gretchen Wilson – “Here For The Party”

8              Billy Currington – “People Are Crazy”

7              Hank Williams, Jr. –“All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight”

6              Eric Church – “Smoke A Little Smoke”

5              Zac Brown Band – “Chicken Fried”

4              Trace Adkins – “Ladies Love Country Boys”

3              Jason Aldean – “My Kinda Party”

2             Alan Jackson – “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”

1.             Blake Shelton – “The More I Drink”

(These are as voted by the GAC network fans in August 2013.)

My two bonus picks are:

Deaf Havana – “Nicotine and Alcohol Saved my Life”

Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs – “Most People I know Think that I’m Crazy”.

7. Classic Collection from that icon of taste, Larry the Cable Guy.

Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy

Just go the whole hog and buy the Tailgate music collection from Larry the Cable Guy.  Self-explanatory.  Very appropriate.  Politically incorrect.  To inspire you, just think about these classic, uplifting and motivating tracks:

‘Prostate Professional’, ‘Half Cocked’, ‘Boob Tube’, ‘Male Enhancement’ – ahhh, that’s sure to get the party started.

Larry Cable Guy Tailgate Party CD

Tailgate Party CD - Larry The Cable Guy

Tailgate Party CD – Larry The Cable Guy

Finally, how about a bit of a disguise?  You may want to at some tailgate parties.

Here are some suggestions and you may want to haul these out for tailgate parties at horse racing events:

DRESS UP (AND WEAR A DISGUISE AT THE SAME TIME).

8. Magical Unicorn Mask

Magical Unicorn Mask

Magical Unicorn Mask

Nothing says you’re here to have a magic time than a Magical Unicorn Mask.  A bit eerie, but there’s still space for a beer bong in that cavernous mouth.  Made of latex, can be cleaned depending on just exactly what you intend doing in the mask.  It has a full head with a confronting stare. Air any of these masks out well before wearing to minimize the rubber smell and if you have a latex allergy, give them a miss. Please remove it while driving.  Unicorns are not eligible to pass a DMV test.

MSRP                = $34.99

Amazon price = $28.56

9. Horse Head Mask

Horse Head Mask

Horse Head Mask

More into horses than unicorns? Then here’s an awesome one which is not just suited to wear at, say, The Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos games but also for horse racing events:

MSRP                         = $ 29.99

Amazon price           = $ 26.12

 

10. Pig Head Mask

Pig Head Mask

Pig Head Mask

Look, I’m the last person to point the finger, foam or otherwise, but some people just should be made to wear this mask.  As the sellers say, ‘We recommend this mask while grilling at your BBQ this summer or just ordering at the butcher counter.’  It’s worth checking this mask out just to read the witty reviews …

MSRP                         = $27.99
Amazon price           = 15.98

Finally, just remember that in the words of the philosopher, Homer – that’s Homer Simpson –

“We’re not here for the game. The game is nothing. The game is crap. The game makes me sick. The real reason we Americans put up with sports is for this: Behold, the tailgate party. The pinnacle of human achievement. Since the dawn of parking lots, man has sought to fill his gut with food and alcohol in anticipation of watching others exercise.”

 

The Best Lighting Ideas For The Tailgate Party

As much of our sporting events are held in the winter months, you have to think about brightening up the space where your tailgate party is to be held.  As well, many games are held at night. There’s nothing more gloomy than a drab site and it is impossible to get that tailgate party vibe in the dark.

Portable Light For The Grill

Don’t cook in the dark – light up the barbecue grill.  There are plenty of lights on the market – some clamp on and others have little spot lights that can be held on with magnets.  But a Pedestal Grill Light will illuminate the whole space.

Pedestal Grill Light

Pedestal Grill Light

A wide magnetic base allows it to sit on the side table of any grill and its 4 high intensity led lights illuminate the entire grilling surface.  Depending on where you place them, you can entirely avoid worker shadow.  It’s important to see what you are cooking – especially the riskier meats such as chicken and turkey and some of the mixed-meat sausages and burgers.

The compact design works with 3 AAA batteries (included) but do bring along a spare set of batteries just in case of failure.  When you buy ‘batteries included’, you really don’t have any idea of their shelf life.

Even though this light will illuminate the entire grill, for extra efficiency, I would recommend two, one for each side (for a large BBQ area). One should be heaps for your compact portable grill.  Being magnetic, it will stay on the BBQ where you want it and is not dependent on any flimsy clamps or the need to angle the light.

MSRP = $24.97

Have A Good Power Source

Most lights can only be strung up if you have a power source.  Some lights have their own batteries.  Check this before you go.  If you are going to use the power from your car’s cigarette lighter, for instance, be careful not to end up with a flat battery.  Oh, and make sure the connection matches the one on your light.

No power?  You can buy a power pack that has a 12 volt outlet and this will run your lights for the party.  This handy device is great for camping and tailgating and means that you can be free to park in any place and will never be without power.

Schumacher PSJ-2212

Schumacher PSJ-2212

Here’s the technical info:
2200 peak amperes, 330 cranking ampere and 275 cold cranking amperes
22 Ah professional grade, high output AGM battery
12 Volt DC power outlet (Note you will need an adaptor to plug your lights in.  This outlet is similar to the cigarette lighter in the car and you need a 2 pin normal plug.
3 ampere built-in, automatic charger
Heavy duty clamp have replaceable copper jaws
Gives you around 8 hours of continuous power on one charge for a set of lights or a few months of jump starting a car.  You can also hook up a tire pump to it in case of a flat so it is a really useful gadget to have in your toolshed.

Price: $117.28

So now you have power – hook up some lights – and you have the choice between battery operated ones and ones that need to be plugged in.

Fun Lights For The Tailgate Party

Red cup string lights are totally tailgate-worthy. The cups are small, around the size of a shot glass.  Many guys like to string these across their bars and that normally takes two or three sets which can be joined together.  If you invest in one of those smart demountable bars, (such as this one Best of Times Patio Bar and Tailgating Center Deluxe Package) these would make it look amazing.  They are a little fragile so pack them carefully after use for the next tailgate party.

Best news of all is that these are battery powered.

Red Cup String Lights

Red Cup String Lights

MSRP = $9.85

These Football Helmet Lights do need to be plugged in but they are so cute that you’ll want to buy a few sets.  They feature the team logo football helmet lights of your favorite NFL team so make sure you order the set you want and specify the team. Each 12 ft. strand contains 10 team logo helmet globes and I am thinking that 4 sets would be a great decoration for your tailgate parties or home-patio decorations.

MSRP = $12.99

Football Helmet Lights

Football Helmet Lights

If you want the ultimate in personalized lighting then this is the perfect product for you. Totally customizable you can make this all about your team or all about you! Makes the best welcome statement ever.  It does need to be plugged in so make sure you have a power supply.

It’s built from the highest quality clear acrylic plastic and lighting.  This is a personalized sign, and you need to inform the seller exactly the name and details you want to engraved in your sign, for example Peter/ Peter’s etc. with the correct punctuation, upper or lower case and any other details.

If you need a color other than the one shown in this photo, do specify that in your order, for instance, team colors.
The seller provides a plug with default voltage according to your country’s standard.
110v to: USA & CA 240v to: UK, France, Germany, European and other countries.
Approximate size: W 12″x H 9″ (W 300mm x H 220mm). Over 92.8% sign’s contents are in the scale of 1:1 to 1:1.34 (height : width), 12″ x 9″ which scale is 1:1.334 is the best scale

Carved with the latest 3D, Surface and Line engraving technologies (attractive in all directions).

This is super cool !  Needs to be plugged in, but you could easily adapt its switch to a battery pack or plug into your car’s cigarette lighter. A nice little welcome  sign to put by your door for your man-cave based tailgate party or to feature on your bar in the car park.  You can have anything put on there, so be creative!

MSRP = $39.99

Tailgate Party Custom Neon Sign

Tailgate Party Custom Neon Sign

You’ll only get a couple of tailgate parties out of a set of these as they only last 15 – 20 hours but they are totally awesome fun! Then, unless you want to keep them unlit to keep drinks cool, throw them out!  The internal battery is not replaceable. Simple push-button on/off mode selection switch.

You can set them to Rainbow mode, plus they can be locked in one of the numerous solid colors and I would pick one that matches the team logo.
They are made of high quality FDA approved clear acrylic and filled with freezable gel similar to the inside of cooler bricks.  The great thing about them is that they keep your drink cold while flashing in a color of your choice. They look really good in your own see-through jug or pitcher of drink.

Also, all your tailgating party buds can choose a cube and set a different color so they always know which drink is theirs.

For what they are and for just 15-20 hours of battery life, they seem a bit expensive and, as they are used actually IN your drinks, you have to be 100% sure that they will not leak.  Check each cube carefully before your guests use them – test each out.  If you get any duds in the set, send them back and get a refund.

Flashing LED Multi-Color Freezable Ice Cubes

Flashing LED Freezable Ice Cubes

MSRP = $28.16

Some of my friends invested in a portapotty/Portable Toilet.  They bring it to some of the bigger car parks (well packed in a box) and erect it in its own little pop-up privacy tent, filling it with the necessary chemicals and water.  You’d be surprised at the (envious and sometimes needy) people who you meet this way, but that’s another story.  It saves a lot of walking to the restrooms.  Anyway, even though the light can shine through the waterproof fabric, it can be a bit dark on gloomy days so I bought a couple of Motion Activated Battery Powered Safety Lights and they are awesome.  When people use the john, these little beauties light up automatically.  When it is lit, everyone knows it is occupied.  Now I am working on a motion activated iPod with some loud music to substitute for the courtesy flush.

•    Osram Sylvania No. 72178 SylWHT motion-activating light
•    1 bright white LED, on/off/auto switch, on for 12 seconds when motion activated
•    Head rotates up and down and side to side, 13-feet and 130-degree detection range
•    Comes with three AAA batteries, indoor and outdoor use
•    Dimensions: 4.5 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide by 2 inches deep
Price: $11.19

Note that it has a hole for a screw but as you are installing in a fabric tent, such as for a toilet cubicle on the go, just use this to attach using some cord, a velcro strap or a carabiner.

Motion Activated Battery Powered Safety Light

Sylvania 72178

If you’re looking to mark out your tailgate territory or set some boundaries the NFL Fan Zone Floor Stand is for you!

Battery operated, the red flashing light at the top of a caution stand warns the competition to make way for the diehard fans!
They come in all team logo designs.

Perfect for tailgating, dorm room, bedroom or office. This one is a two-sided New England Patriots design but you can find your teams easily. Product stands 30 inches tall with flashing light attached which draws attention to your next sport outing. Officially Licensed by the NFL. Batteries not included.

Use a couple to mark out your territory at the next game!

NFL "Fan Zone" Floor Stand

NFL “Fan Zone” Floor Stand

Tailgate Party Tape

Tailgate Party Tape

Tie some Party Tape around your tailgate party area and you’re all set to let the fun begin!