custom printed sports team napkins for a tailgate

What You Need for a

Sports Tailgate

Your favorite season is finally here—football season! Top last year’s festivities by cheering on your team with personalized tailgate supplies. In true sports fashion, do you engage in a little friendly competition with your fellow tailgaters on whose spread beats all? We’ve got just what you need to score the winning touchdown. Custom tailgate stadium cups featuring your team colors are perfect for every hooray! Your world famous buffalo dip recipe will know no greater friend than custom printed football napkins. From custom koozies to foil stamped cocktail napkins, you can create all the party supplies you need for your next tailgate

custom plastic football cups and tailgate koozies

How to Plan a

Sports Tailgate

The game schedule is out, you’ve dusted off your pop-up picnic tent and pulled together your best team spirit outfit. Everything you need for a fantastic tailgate is coming together! To help you check your list of how to climb to the top of the pre-game celebrations, we’ve come up with a few tailgate necessities.

When first planning your game day, it’s natural to start with the ‘where.’ Maybe your team’s stadium has a traditional section of the parking lot or area near the field where the diehard fans congregate for their pre-game rituals. Maybe you’ve had your spot in the festivities staked out for years. Regardless, you’ll want to have an idea of where you’ll be hosting your tailgate so that you can plan traffic time, as well as how early you need to arrive to ensure that there is space for your party.

Another logistic is a tent, table and chairs. The term ‘tailgate’ referring to parking lot parties before and after (maybe even during) a sports game, of course, came from the idea of pulling down the tailgate of a truck, sitting there and cracking open a cold one. Naturally, fans of all degrees of sports obsession have evolved this into go as far as installing TVs in the back of their car to watch pre-game talk shows and the like. This may be a bit extreme for you—a set of folding chairs, a folding table for food and maybe a pop up team canopy could be just right for hosting your tailgate.

Now, time for the fun stuff. Did you know you can support your team even in the disposable tailgate party supplies you bring along? That’s right, bring custom sports team koozies in your team colors, as well as sports themed napkins to clean up the ketchup drips from your hot dog. You may even want to create your own tailgating plastic stadium cups! Durable, washable and reusable, these could be a great option for you to bring to every game of the year.

Drinks and snacks are a must for tailgates. Depending on your kickoff time and how long you plan to spend tailgating, you may even have a meal involved! Purchasing sandwiches or burgers on the way, or towing along a portable grill are options for the main dish. Preparing all the ingredients for a cold cuts sandwich buffet is also a simple and travelable idea for a tailgating meal. Complete your menu with chips, some cut up fruit and a cooler full of beer, soda, and water to satisfy your hungry sports fans.

Decking out the entire experience in team colors is another tailgating necessity. Your team spirit will shine through in your game day jersey and maybe in the set-up of your tailgate. But you can go even further to show your dedication. We recommend having a few pom poms on hand in your team colors for proper cheering. If there are kids joining in—or even if not—team face tattoos are fun to have around.

A big part of the tailgate ritual is also just being with your friends, family and fellow fans to enjoy the day. So bringing a couple of activities for people to join in is always a great idea. Pack a football or frisbee to pass around, set up your cornhole game and maybe even have a deck of cards on hand. Don’t forget a speaker! You can tune into a talk show channel, or set the mood with some pump up background music.

Tailgating is about community, spectating, support, and even a little bit of good, old-fashioned competition. Craft your sports experience with this in mind and you're sure to have a great time! And maybe even start some traditions along the way.