Are you the kind of tailgater who likes to shout your fandom from the rooftops when the party is in full swing? Of course you are! You wouldn’t visit this site if you weren’t. Anyway, while I realize that on site tailgate parties are rare in the NBA leagues – their real estate is thin on the ground – there are many adjacent to green spaces where tailgating is OK. So get there nice and early to set up in style. NBA gear, licensed only please, is great. The fakes are generally so disappointing that you wouldn’t want to be associated with them.
Let’s start with the biggest shout-out you can find. (Assuming you have some power source, even one of those compact battery packs will do or if you have a generator that little beauty will last all party long).
Put up a flashing neon sign that screams your NBA team’s logo day and night.
The Weneon Neon Light Sign is available in all team logos and if you let them know what you want well in advance, they can supply you with your heart’s desire.
Weneon is a Chinese based neon bender and they can make anything neon you can think of, including your team name and logo. Be sure to explain exactly what it is that you want. Custom is what these flexible light artists do best. The light will be made for you and a few days later shipped by air which takes around two weeks at the most. Any problems with your orders, contact the makers direct as they guarantee happiness. The size around the metal frame is 19” x 15” which is big enough to be seen across a parking lot. It is also bright enough to be visible in daylight. Has trackable shipping and a 2 year warranty. Of course, it’s an ideal home-gating accessory as you can mount it on your man-cave bar and impress your buds every time they visit.
And, speaking of bars – here’s a great portable bar specially designed for tailgate parties. Pick your team. It’s truly portable, fast mount and demount and has its own case:
We’ve shown you these portable bars before, but here’s a reminder that you can get NBA styled portable bars as well as all the other conventions and codes.
This great portable bar has two shelves, can be put up without stress and breaks down after the party super fast even by a drunk. It only takes a couple of minutes to pop up the bar frame and then cover it with all the beers and deliciousness you can muster. You can line up a few of those small kegerators on the bar counter.
In the non NBA season, order a different code and use it for those conventions’ tailgate parties instead. The beer never objects to you switching the game.
Note that the frame is metal and the shelves are solid enough to support your coolers.
Dimensions? 39” x 15’ at the top and 3 feet tall when assembled. The skirt is a massive full color wrap. Transports in its own compact bag.
But if the flashing light and bar’s table logo aren’t enough to shout your fan loyalty, then get a bigger banner! Nothing succeeds like excess, right?
In the picture is a Boston Celtics NBA Basketball Dynasty Banner, flashing back to days gone by. Ideal for Home, Games room, Office, Man Cave, Den, or Parking Lot where your tailgate party is the talk of the town. You can order any NBA logo required. Just be sure to specify what you need. The best banners to hang at your tailgate party, they measure 36”L x 24”W. They are inspired by the true Dynasty Teams of the past, honoring teams, traditions and memories and if you are a fan, then these show the depth of your team love. Each banner is embroidered with appliqué over a tough wool blend felt. You can order a Banner Rod separately. The hang it in your parking lot tailgate setting or in your man cave.
In the front of your bar, throw down a fan mat. These simple mats have logos on them of your basketball team and the colors are bright and clear. Fully open, the mats are 30 inches wide but 54 long which gives your team somewhere to sit while tailgating (or just a nice look to your tailgate party site). I noted that the edges are serged – that can easily unravel over time. So Ms. Tailgater and her friends tucked this hem under and made a reinforced pocket for a flat frame, sliding in a length of flexible but stiff vinyl edging in as a tough edge. Slide it out again when you are packing it up. You could also just iron on some interfacing but use a cotton cloth to protect the nylon from melting. The backing is non skid and the whole thing can be washed in the machine. Gives your tailgate party a real stylish appearance and does justice to the feast and the beers you know are in your portable bar.
And NBA decorations for the holidays can double as tailgate party ornaments too.
Just add a couple of sets of these LED ornaments which are available for many teams and you’ve got yourself not just a tailgate party but a PAR-TAAAAAAY! They are equipped with little glittering lights and will illuminate a dull day or night. People love these and most buy multiple boxes as it’s that old rule of decoration. More is more …
You might think that CAKE is not appropriate tailgate party food. But Ms. Tailgater begs to differ. She generally supplies a cake and we never take any leftovers home. It all gets eaten fast along with that post beer coffee. Anyway, here’s a cake topper that shouts ‘I’m an NBA fan!’. Colors and logos are bright and clear with awesome artwork and they ship anywhere. An interesting centerpiece for your tailgate party, your man-cave located NBA birthday party or any other basketball styled party.
You want games at your tailgate party and here’s the simplest form ever. It’s a Mini hoop set and has its own tiny 4” basketball of plush and a plastic back board. You can mount them anywhere you have a pole or shelf – f’rinstance you can clip it to the portable bar described above. There are no screws n the kit so check out where you would like to set it up and then get the appropriate clamps or hardware. Included is a door mount. When the plush ball wears out, just buy one of those little mini nerf or pump up b’balls. You can get this in the logos/colors of all teams. It’s a cute diversion from the normal cornhole games and kids love this.
When it comes to preserving your tailgate party grill when it’s not in use, check out these light-weight BBQ covers with your NBA team logo on. I’d recommend these for home-gating as most will not take a large grill to the parking lot for a tailgate party.
They are not expensive and do the job well enough and look great plus there are Velcro straps to keep it all in place on windy days. It fits most large grills and doesn’t have the hefty price tag of the custom made models. Measurements are 67x21x35 inches. It is vinyl, so wait till the grill is cool before putting the cover on.
On the way to and from tailgate parties, your vehicle needs to celebrate fandom as much as the party animals do. Here’s a way your car won’t feel left out: these heavy-duty 100% vinyl mats will protect the carpet while sporting the NBA officially licensed emblem of your choice. They have been constructed with non-skid backing and suit cars, trucks, SUVs and RVs and measure 18” x 27” and you get a pair in the pack. Keeps the interior of your vehicle clean after a day of tailgate parties in the parking lot.
Here’s a great gadget that makes it easy for you to brand your meat with your team logo while you’re grilling! This licensed 3-D NBA logo cooks onto your meat whether a streak, a pattie or any flat cut you have on your tailgate party menu. This adds a really great tailgate party atmosphere to your party and shows just how you love your team. It’s so easy to use (just like a heavy stamp) you just pre-heat and sizzle.
Here’s a compact synthetic cooler bag with logo of your fave NBA team. A great way to transport your separate cold dishes is in a series of these small cooler bags that poke into corners really well and can double as soft packing to cushion any blows to your tailgate party gear. After the tailgate party has ended, they are easy to store flat ready for the next week. Kids can use them for school lunches as well and the tough handles make them great for this use, but I like to keep my tailgate party equipment in a special box just for that purpose to make prep and transporting the food to the game so much easier.
Here’s another nice lunch bag with fan NBA logos available for your team. The quality is great and the size is good for 6 pack or a special cold dish that you don’t want to travel with any warm foods. Eg. A rice salad which needs to be kept very cold for food safety. Or anything cold that contains chicken. The food-safe rules need to be taken seriously and this is an inexpensive way to keep all your dishes separate.
Yet another version of the lunch box, the Pranzo will do the same job as the ones above but also is divided into isolated sections for hot and cold food and keeps both independently food safe. It has a digital print NBA team logo. Imagine a range of these lined up on your tailgate party table! I like to serve directly from these insulated boxes and if you are in an area with insects buzzing your food, then you can flip the lid closed easily. The material in manufacture is tough rip-stop polyester lined with easily cleaned nylon. There is a stainless knife, fork and spoon in a handy zippered front pocket, plus a set of salt and pepper shakers and coordinating 14-inch cotton napkin and it has an adjustable shoulder strap and handle with some zippered mesh pockets to keep everything neat and tidy. This great looking NBA branded lunch box is a good size at 12 by 8 by 11 for serving your tailgate party foods directly from say, a foil insert of the same size or your Rubbermaid lidded boxes. Keeps the weight out of your tailgate party kit.
Koozies are a must for tailgate parties and here’s a 4 pack of NBA licensed neoprene drink holders for bottles which will shout fandom at the same time as keeping that beer chillin’ cold. It’s got a cute team jersey design but don’t be putting it on your Chihuahua.
Sometimes it rains during tailgate parties. Well, that’s 98% certain in Seattle. Other fans complain about the sun. An umbrella is useful in either case.
This automatic folding umbrella that screams he brand of your NBA team is a large 42 inch in diameter but when folded is only 15 inches. The official, licensed team brand is printed on the nylon canopy in vivid, true colors of the logo and livery. You can get any team but this Lakers version will be around to protect from the tears sure to flow at Kobe’s departure.
I like to keep a few of these in my truck just in case. A small hint: invest in some canopy clamps and you can erect these in various places to provide some handsfree patches of protection from the elements.
We’ve written quite a lot about chairs for tailgate party comfort so if you check those articles, you can see our list of things you need to be aware of when choosing one. You can’t do much better that this NBA licensed portable reclining camp chair with its big, bold team logo at your tailgate party. It ticks the boxes of having a padded seat and back-rest and the 600D polyester canvas that makes up most of its fabric is tough and strong. There are three seating positions and the large, zippered back pocket can hold all kinds of things. . The arm rests are adjustable and there’s an insulated drink holder in the right arm. Why I particularly like this is that the frame is steel and tough enough to provide a seat for your huskiest buds. At the end of the tailgate party, the chair folds up, slips into its own tuff tote and you can sling it over your shoulder with its handy strap. Very functional. And beautiful with a bright NBA logo and colors of your team. Keep one in the car in case you need it. Inexpensive too, so maybe buy a few. They also make great gifts.
You have your chairs. So what about a table? Here’s an NBA licensed portable soft-sided table with a team logo. It’s designed to accommodate four people but can be used as a serving table for more. Tuff polyester over a powder-coated steel frame will give you many tailgate party seasons of good use. I was kind of smitten by the six sunken drink holders and the two zipperepockets that add to its compact design and it’s a good centerpiece for any tailgate party. Measuring 42-1/2 long by 27-1/2 wide by 27-1/2 high, it fits a heck of a lot of food on its top and after the tailgating has ended, you can fold it up easily and stash it in its own carry bag.
Here’s a great portable table with an NBA team theme and a top that IS a basketball court. It unfolds from a small suitcase size into a great tailgate party table/benches set and your buds can play fantasy games on its court-graphic tabletop. The lightweight aluminum frame won’t weight you down and the optional umbrella (any standard beach umbrella with a 1.25 inch diameter pole will provide shade and shelter. The dimensions are 54 by 33-1/2 by 25-3/4 when set up and it’s made from ABS plastic and molded polypropylene so cleaning up after the tailgate party is a breeze. Each of its 4 seats will hold up to 250 pounds and the table will hold 20 pounds of booze and ribs.
OK, just putting this one out there as it is a bit of a novelty. You want your NBA logo on everything, right? How about on your toast and waffles? The Pangea is the only machine that will burn on that logo for you. Tried this out and I would say don’t use it with high sugar breads and pastries as it can burn. However, it’s a bit of fun for the die-hard fan. It makes 2 slices at a time and does all the normal things a toaster can do. Power Supply: 100-120V, 700 W Maximum. You probably won’t want to take this to a tailgate party but it makes a great novelty gift.
Here’s a great NBA licensed 3-piece BBQ set in its own carry-tote. Imported from China, it’s not super high end but given that many of your BBQ tools will disappear during that rollicking tailgate party, maybe stick to these that are easily replaceable. Includes a BBQ fork; tongs; and spatula with bottle opener built in and rolls up into its own tuff black poly portable tote. The tools are equipped with loop cords for hanging away from the heat while BBQing.
Now let’s move on to home-gating and man caves. Or you can take these next items tailgating if you have a truck. Impressive! These are real man cave furniture, fully licensed NBA art chrome swivel bar stools just like in a real dive bar. Note that the artwork is reverse printed on commercial plastic for longevity. It’s a combo of luxurious foam padding, vinyl piping on edges and marine grade vinyl sides. The legs are of tubular steel extruded to a level that is both lightweight and strong. Oh and these stools are a tremendous bargain right now.
Here’s another version: for your NBA tailgating or home-gating, this one has a back. So it is a smidge more luxurious than the backless one. Super comfortable and they are an ornament to your NBA themed man cave. Tailgating or homegating need to happen in comfort and this gives you a real sense of having your own bar. Again, these are cheap at the moment so grab your specific logo now or buy one for a friend.
And now that you have your man cave equipped with bar stools, here’s an NBA themed dive-bar style table to make into the centerpiece of your sporting parties. The top is scratch resistant as well as topped with UV protective acrylic. Chrome banding and an adjustable foot rest set you up for some long beery sessions. Note that all these are officially licensed by the NBA to feature your logos and colors. Put these in your garage and it will instantly become a man-cave. Table top diameter is 27.375 inches and the height is 42 inches.
If you’re into gaming, the NBA game 2K15 with music by Pharrell Williams is out and I am thinking that the 2K16 won’t be all that far behind. The game has over 5000 new animations. Create your own licensed logo and play along with the teams.
Oh I was right: there’s this:
A Spike Lee joint.
Both games above are NBA licensed and unite you with your team idols in great ways. MY buddy George has a man cave equipped with games and we play after the game has ended or when the dancing is happening.
Put your own brand on your PS4 controller by using these:
These stickers are easily removed but when you are playing will help you figure out who is attached to which one and avoid those nasty confrontations in the man-cave. This is from an authorized seller.
Who doesn’t do shots at a tailgate party? Nobody I know. Most games require it. So you need a range of interesting shot glasses and if you’re an NBA fan, then you want one with a basketball theme with your favorite players and teams. Here’s the licensed NBA shot glass which gives you a 2 oz shot while saluting your NBA heroes. These are made of quality glass with perfect team and championship graphics with all-round decoration. Dishwasher safe, too and made right here in the USA.
I really like these NBA themed party cups which hold 16 oz of chilled beer (oh, OK, other drinks too) in its double walled design so you don’t heat up the brewski with your hand. It can also be used in reverse, ie. for hot drinks and the double wall keeps your hot coffee hot. Or your soup. I have seen people use these to serve mac’n’cheese in and chili as they definitely keep the food hot. Makes a nice change from the Red Solo cups which you can reserve for playing games. BPA free.
Want your vehicle to be as committed to the NBA as you are? The guys at Wincraft make an NBA license plate which is officially licensed by the NBA so makes your vehicle into a genuine tailgater. These are quality products and tell everyone on the freeways and highways that you are a proud fan. Pick your teams and put in the order. The company is well reputed so I am sure you will be delighted with the look of these great auto accessories.
Here’s a novel NBA gift or party accessory. It’s a light projection around the same size as a pen and lights up with your NBA team logo. Make sure you get some spare batteries to have on hand as you’ll love lighting up your tailgate party spot (whether at home or in the parking lot) with these logos. They are bright and sharp with professionally cut goboes to cast the image of your team logo and a great NBA themed gift for any fans in your life.
Stumbled across this DVD boxed set of the Lakers complete history and I think if you are a Lakers fan, or friend of a fan, then you may consider this as a tailgate party host gift.
The doco contains over 22 hours of highlights, game footage, and interviews going right back to the 70s. All the fan NBA stars and favorites are in there including Magic, Kareem and more in their rookie days and Shaq plus . Formatted for region 1 only (USA & Canada) but will play on your computer in other regions.
Here is a rare tailgating item and as a vintage piece, will end when the stocks run out. But I’m thinking that the diehard NBA fans will be all over these 1986 vintage apron and mitt combos. They’d be greatly appreciated at the tailgate party. The jersey details transform the apron into a full NBA uniform from the 80s and this is actually a genuine old-stock item from that era. Terrific gift item for fans as it is even in the original packaging. Suits men and women so pick the NBA fans in your life and buy this so you can dress up like a champ at your tailgate party. Alternatively, buy one for yourself and wear it as you slap those burgers on the grill wherever your BBQ is cookin’.
Many tailgate party fans have so much gear that they need to buy a trailer. Here’s an inexpensive little trailer hitch cover made from ABS plastic and printed with quality team graphics. So if you have any sort of towing package, with a 2” receiver, then this is for you.
Instagate Tailgate in a Box has everything you need to cater for up to 10 tailgate party fans (not specifically NBA but for any convention or code). All you do is add food, drinks and ice. Brilliant idea I think.
It’s lightweight and compact and therefore, as portable as you can get it. Sort of like a picnic set but designed specifically for tailgating. It contains a Grill that comes pre-packed with two bags of lump charcoal for up to a 2 hour grill which can cook up to 8 burgers at a time. The 60 quart cooler holds up to 90 cans. Three fold out tables are perfect height for tailgating chairs. Inside you will find all the other tailgating essentials you need including 3 grilling tools, 12 cups, 10 plates, 10 utensil sets, napkins, trash bag, recycling bag, condiments, beer pong, a lighter, and bottle opener. It’s also eco friendly and all recyclable. Great idea, great gift.
So there you have it – our favorite tailgate needs for a licensed NBA themed tailgate party. Keep reading our site as we are constantly on the lookout for new ways of making your NBA tailgate party the best ever.