How to Host a Great Socially-Distant Tailgating Party

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The “Big Game” is here, and you want to get out and celebrate.

Tailgating is a way to show your backyard culinary skills by throwing everything you need in the back of your truck, or minivan, or SUV, heading to the game, and cooking up the best party of the year. But in a year of changes like we have had, how do you still have the best social distant tailgating party?

Just because you can’t head to the game and celebrate with all your football friends right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your friends and still do the social distant thing. Like that gals and I do with our coffee get togethers, Just lay down the tailgate on your truck, or open the back of your SUV, pull out the trusty old grill, and park at least 6 feet away from each other.

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Accessories Make The Party Great

So many vehicles make it easy to have a great party experience right out of the back of your trunk or tailgate. There are SUV’s with 120 volt plugins, and trucks with built in coolers. There are even Minivans with built in vacuum cleaners to clean up all that party fun.        .

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Stereo Systems Can Make Or Break The Experience

Music is very important while you are waiting on the game to start, and hearing the game clearly is even more important. The stereo systems in some of your favorite vehicles is beyond amazing. A great stereo and more important great speakers are a must feature for a tailgating vehicle.

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Turn Your Vehicle Into Entertainment Central

If you want to watch the game on a TV you’ll need to plug it into your vehicle. Here is a list of some great power converters. Check your TV to see how many wats it needs. These power converters range from 140 – 1000 wats of power.

Ampeak Power Inverter

Stanley FATMAX Power Inverter

Cobra Power Inverters

Dewalt Power Inverter 

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Tailgating Treats

Create some yummy social distant treats with these personalized snack ideas. The individual 7-layer dip is my favorite, or maybe it’s the football shaped pretzel dippers. And what is a tailgating party without yummy desserts. Create these strawberry shortcake mason jars that are perfect to hand out to your party goers.

Items Needed

  • Small plastic drinking cups
  • Refried beans or black beans
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Your favorite salsa
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  •  Black olives sliced
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chives chopped finely
  • Tortilla chips


  1. This snack is great to make ahead of time.
  2. You don’t need to heat up the beans, you can scoop them right out of the can.
  3. Start with a layer of beans on the bottom of the plastic cup.
  4. Next, add a layer of guacamole, layer of sour cream, layer of salsa, and a layer shredded cheese.
  5. If you are making these ahead of time, cover them at this point and place in the refrigerator.
  6. Before you serve the 7 layer dip cups, add diced tomatoes, sliced olives, and chopped chives.
  7. Add a tortilla chip to the top, and place cups of tortilla chips on the tray, enjoy.

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Bourbon Infused Mini Sausages

These little sausages are something I make every year for the big game. My dad would make them every weekend for the neighbors that came down to watch the game before they headed back to Chicago. We had a lot of neighbors that came up to their cottages on the lake I grew up on every weekend, and our house was the final stop before they would head home. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, but every time I make them, it brings back that awesome memory from my childhood.

Items Needed

  • 1 – 2 Packages of lil Smokies, or mini sausages
  • Bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup of your favorite bourbon or whiskey


  1. Add the mini sausages to a slow cooker or in a pan over low heat.
  2. Next, add the bbq sauce and stir.
  3. Slowly add the bourbon or whiskey, continue stirring.
  4. Cook until hot all the way through.
  5. This is great in a slow cooker, you can keep it on low for many hours and enjoy throughout the game.

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Football Cupcakes

This is not only a fun treat to create, but the best treat to eat. Cupcakes are the perfect individual social distancing treat, and this is such an easy to create snack.

Items Needed

  • Devils food cake mix
  • Cupcake baking cups, white or football decorated
  • Chocolate frosting
  • White icing
  • Cake decorating bags or zipper bags
  • Star decorating tip
  • You can use a tip coupler if you have one, but it’s not necessary


  1. Make the cupcakes using the directions on the box.
  2. Cool the cupcakes for a couple of hours.
  3. Cut the tip off the decorating bag or zipper bag.
  4. Place the frosting decorator tip into the cake decorating bag or zipper bag and make sure it’s all the way to the bottom.
  5. Fill the bag with the chocolate frosting.
  6. Go back and forth on the top of the cupcake with the chocolate frosting, making the lines thinner on the top and bottom to make it look like a football.
  7. Use the white icing to draw lines on top of the chocolate frosting to make it look like football laces.

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