Party 2: The Post-Game Tailgate
The pregame tailgate has a formula: you park, grill, drink, and then make the gridiron pilgrimage en masse. But what if you could flip the script and make the game the beginning rather than the end? The postgame tailgate can be tricky -- early kickoffs work best, and throwing one after a loss can be a bummer -- but when you hit all the right notes, it can become the highlight of the season.
Best Party For: Your friends who are always late and have probably never made it in time for a regular tailgate.
Your Game-Day Strategy: It’s going to look a lot like your typical tailgate prep, but with a lot more thought put into storage. The beer is going to have to stay cold for a few extra hours, so make sure whatever cooler you bring can handle keeping those Bud Lights frosty. Reheating snacks is always a little dicey in the wilderness of the parking lot, so a slow cooker, which you can buy for around $30 if you don’t already have one, can be a wise investment -- especially if you fill it with chili or queso (which are both great opportunities to use bread bowls instead of plates to cut down on trash). You're also going to have a lot more real estate as the parking lot clears, so make sure someone has a pigskin handy so you can stage a parking lot dramatization of the game you just watched with all your friends. The best thing about the post-game tailgate? You can keep it going as long as you want, or at least until security shows up and gives you the boot.