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Be The Host with The Most

Carrie Anton

Whoever coined the phrase “one size fits all” probably wasn’t a tailgater. There are as many tastes and preferences as there are teams and race car drivers to cheer for on the weekends. Here are a few tips to ensure all of your guests have a great time at your next tailgate.

Tailgating is all about creating a custom experience for you and your guests. While your tradition may be serving Bloody Mary’s with a celery stick, for example, don’t forget those you invite might have other tastes in mind, such as a pickle. While you can’t make all people happy all the time, here are a few ways to avoid your party from getting into a pickle. 

SEASON You can customize your cooking to everyone’s palate by having a selection of seasonings on hand. Keep a sampling in different straws. Melt one end to seal and let cool. Pour in the spices and seal the other end for easy travel. 

TASTER’S CHOICE Planning a menu that pleases all palates is near impossible. Go buffet style instead and offer a little bit of everything for guests to mix and match. This works well for both food and cocktails. 

REPURPOSE Sometimes the right condiment is all a guest needs. Use a cardboard six-pack holder to easily have ketchup, mustard, and more ready to serve.

The final must-have skill? Be a good neighbor. No matter what you break, misplace, or leave at home, a fellow tailgater likely has it on hand. Take a stroll with an extra beer or brat, and someone is sure come to your aid.