17 Game Day Recipes And DIY Ideas For Your Next Tailgate
Tailgates are back, baby! From the cookouts and competition to having an excuse to wear a game-day outfit, tailgating is a ton of fun. While watching the game itself can be fun, there's just something special about getting together with friends, family, and food before kickoff — especially when everyone's wearing the team colors. We've got some healthy game day recipes and fun tailgate DIY ideas that will make your next game better than ever.
Your traditional hot dog just got a serious upgrade with this delicious recipe. Whatever you do, do not forget the sauerkraut.
In our opinion, you can't have a tailgate without a good dip. Don't worry about bringing Tupperware with you to the game — you probably won't have any leftovers.
A dietary restriction shouldn't keep you from enjoying yummy food. Enter: vegan potato skins. The cheese is made with cashew cream and the "bacon" is really just shiitake mushrooms. Bookmark this for later so you can make the cheese and bacon for other recipes!
All you need for this fruit drink is grapefruit soda and wheat beer, and voilà! This is one citrusy cocktail that everyone will love.
We'll take any excuse to have pizza. This recipe is also totally customizable so you can change up the veggies, nix the cheese, or opt for vegan cream cheese. The fact that it's designed like a football field is just the cherry on top.
There are very few things that can make an ice cream sandwich better. This is one.
Not only are these cakes great for game day, they're also the perfect football birthday party addition. If you're not able to take a whole cake to your tailgate, try using tiny piping bags to ice a few cupcakes instead.
We'd never pass up an opportunity to add avocado to our meal. This is a great option for anyone who can't have gluten...or who would just rather have avocados instead.
All you need is some chicken and Frank's Red Hot Sauce for these pizzas, taquitos, and sliders. Make one of them, or try them all and make a game out of voting for your favorite.
Oh queso, how we love you. Sprinkle some bacon on top for good measure.
Fashion & Beauty
Sport a jersey or go with a more understated outfit (as long as it's in your team colors).
Your fashion isn't the only way to bring the game into your look. Grab some brown eyeshadow and white liner and go to town!
These napkins are festive and they won't blow away. We'd consider that a win-win.
Pour your favorite candy (we'll take MnM's, please) into these DIY pouches for a handy, festive, and adorable snack. And then check out the other 10 DIYs for more inspo!
This DIY is great for fries, candy, or for ice cream cones.
If you've got a more permanent setup for game day like a picnic table or kitchen island, dress up your tableware with these football caddies.
What's a tailgate without some games? This DIY cornhole is a must! You can get the whole family in on the action.
This post has been updated.
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