snacks. Load up on Kirkland Signature
Organic Tortilla Chips with salsa and
queso and Kirkland Signature Kettle
Krinkle Cut Potato Chips with a variety
of dips. For nut-loving fans, break out
Kirkland Signature Super Extra Large
Peanuts, Cashew Clusters, Shelled
Pistachios and Extra Fancy Mixed Nuts.
Stock the cooler with beer as well as
plenty of nonalcoholic favorites, like soda,
Kirkland Signature Flavored Sparkling
Water and Vita Rain Zero. Grab an
80-pack of Kirkland Signature Bottled
Water to quench every thirst.
Utensils and condiments
Being prepared means having all the
tools you will need to cook your tailgating
feast. LaGrow says the easiest things to
forget are seasonings like salt and pepper, utensils like tongs and spatulas, and
tools like cutting boards and knives. Be
sure to have plenty of plates, utensils and
Kirkland Signature Napkins for everyone,
and remember that people will typically
have more than one round of food.
It’s not the end of the world if you
forget something, though, according to
Costco member and Tailgater Concierge
co-founder Megan LaGrow, Jennifer
LaGrow’s daughter. She points out that
people can often borrow a forgotten item
from a tailgating neighbor. “Be prepared
to make friends,” she advises.
Tailgating at home
Not every viewing party is at a sta-
dium, and home parties have advantages.
“You can obviously be a little more creative, because you have access to more
stuff at home,” Jennifer LaGrow says.
Whether your party is indoors or outdoors, having enough seating is crucial.
“Typically, with a backyard party, you’ll
have people more prone to sitting than
you will [at] a shorter-term tailgate party
at a venue,” Hyer says. If you’re short on
seating or you’re not quite sure how many
people are coming, it makes sense to pick
up or borrow a few extra chairs.
Get home safely
Before you begin tailgating, have a
plan to get home safely. Since stadium
tailgating usually requires lots of equipment and a vehicle, a designated driver
is key. “Make sure the person who is in
charge of driving the car home is aware
of that prior to starting the day,” Megan
Public transportation, ride-sharing
services and taxis are all options for getting home safely. Out-of-town fans can
book hotels near the stadium and catch a
taxi or ride-sharing service back to their
room after the game.
Kristen Pope is a Jackson, Wyoming–based
freelance writer and editor.
Cleaning up is everyone’s
least favorite part of tailgating,
but, with a little preparation,
it can be quick and easy.
Stock up on
Be sure to have Kirkland
Signature Paper Towels,
zipper bags, antibacterial
wipes and other cleaning
Invest in quality trash bags
and trash cans
Avoid a messy situation by
using trash cans with large
and durable trash bags, like
Kirkland Signature 33 Gallon
Trash Bags and Kirkland
Signature 50 Gallon Outdoor
Enlist everyone’s help and
clean as you go.
Have everyone pitch in to
keep things tidy throughout
the day. “Have people
throwing things away through
the whole tailgating experience,” Megan LaGrow says.
“That takes care of 90
percent of the work.”
Have a plan for leftovers
Be prepared with coolers,
ice, food containers, Kirkland
Signature Reynolds Food-service Foil, Stretch-Tite
Plastic Food Wrap, zipper
bags and other necessities to
pack leftovers away and keep
them at food-safe temperatures. “When in doubt, throw it
out,” Hyer says. “Especially if
it’s been sitting in the sun for
hours. You don’t want to be
guessing if it’s OK.”—KP