Tailgating season is kicking off with a bang this year and there are so many new trends (and old traditions) that people are taking with them. Are you ready for this season? You’ve got a lot to plan and prepare for if you haven’t started yet. There is so much that you can enjoy about tailgating season and this year, it’s all about high tech and high class entertainment, no matter what parties you’re going to. Some traditions will never die but there is always room for improvement in the world of tailgating. Here are the top trends of this year’s tailgaters, bringing you America’s favorite pastime for decades.
- Electronics. It’s all about high-tech fun this time around. People have been ramping up to get the latest devices and electronics so that they can get more enjoyment from their tailgating adventures. Things like sports radios and old travel TVs are out, and Outdoor HD TVs (which are visible even in sunlight) and plenty of other high-tech gadgets are in. People can get the play-by-play on their phone or check the scores on their tablet. Why would they even want a sports radio unless they’re a traditionalist?
- Food. Lots and lots of food. This is always a staple at tailgating events, but this year the food is getting more creative and fun. As more portable gadgets are made available, people are bringing a little bit of everything along. Forget hot dogs and burgers. While you’ll find plenty of those, you’ll also find things like paninis, grilled vegetables, and high-class meals that are sure to impress even when you’re tailgating on a beer budget.
- Games like beer pong and the bean bag toss are still hot. There are so many ways to meet new people at tailgating events, but playing games gets everyone involved. If you show up with the latest and greatest tailgating games, you’ll be the life of the party in no time. Take the time to shop around online and find the best tailgating games for this season, no matter what you have in mind.
- Kitschy collections. There’s nothing like a metal bucket-turned-beer-cooler that is adorned with your team’s favorite colors or logo. You can find so many great items online that feature your team’s colors and logos that you can have a very kitschy, down home tailgating experience no matter what you might be looking for.
- Pets. Everyone seems to want to bring their pets along, especially since they can now sport their owners’ favorite jerseys thanks to pet brands that have licensed NFL and collegiate jerseys for pooches. If you want to take Fido to the big game, make sure that he’s friendly around people, that you can keep him tied up, and that you’ve got food and water for him, too. Oh, and when you take him for a walk, make sure you pick up his “messes”.
- Custom designed tailgate accessories and supplies. Everyone likes to show off at a tailgate party and when you roll in with something sporting your team’s logo that’s been custom designed, you’re going to make everyone else jealous. There are a lot of ways to customize different supplies and tools that you need for your tailgate party, no matter what you have in mind. Just take the time to look around online and see what you have to choose from.
- New recipes and fun foods. People aren’t just bringing new food and high class meals, they’re recreating old favorites and brining a whole new world of entertaining for your mouth. There are so many tailgaters out there that can share recipes with you and help you create a menu that is sure to impress even the pickiest eaters at your tailgating party.
- Blogging. Thanks to the internet, social media is helping people connect about tailgating. There are many pros that now have blogs of their own, offering tailgating tips, recipes, tools and information, and more. You can find all kinds of resources online to help you prep for your big tailgating event beforehand, no matter what you have in mind.
- Party buses. These limos and buses have been used for bachelorette parties, weddings, proms, and other events for years. Now, they’re becoming the life of the party at tailgating events around the country. You can hire a party bus for your tailgating fun, no matter what you have in mind. You can also get creative and build your own party bus if you’ve got the time and the money, allowing you to have an ongoing tailgating toy that will always get the party started for you.
- Rules and regulations. Even though these aren’t as fun as the other trends on this list, they are becoming far more common. In light of safety concerns and issues of the past, as well as the growing popularity of tailgating, many event venues are putting rules on their tailgating practices that you need to know before you go. Make sure that you do some research online about the game you’ll be going to and check out what they expect from you. If you show up and break the rules, you’re not going to make a very good impression.
There is so much that is changing in the world of tailgating, but at the same time there is a lot that is staying the same. If you take the time to explore the new world of tailgating before you head out, you’ll have a much better idea of what to expect and be able to get everything that you need out of your tailgating party. Use the internet to learn about new trends in tailgating and stock up for your big game, no matter what you have in mind. Tailgating is as popular as ever, if not more so, and now is your chance to have a great time in the high-tech world of tailgating for the 21st century. Just grab your gear and load up the gadgets, and head out to the game. It’s 2012, and it’s time for a tailgating revolution according to many people who are having more fun than ever.