What’s a tailgate party? A tailgate party or Tailgating is a social event that takes place mainly in the United States and Canada. The party is celebrated on the tailgate of a vehicle with food and drinks. Why a tailgate party? People, especially sports and concert lovers, get to enjoy a pregame activity, so why not? Tailgate parties take place in the parking lots of stadiums and concert venues prior to or after the program.
Nothing screams fun than chilling with your friends and family and having a tailgate party before the actual event occurs. This sets the tone better for the event and prepares you for the great event you’ve been looking forward to. Although tailgating exists to maximize the excitement of the actual event, people actually love a good tailgate party and look forward to it. We personally like tailgating for all the reasons above and also because you get to spend more time with your loved ones while you chill and eat grills.
However, planning an event like tailgating can be very stressful if you didn’t do it before. You need to select a proper vehicle (if you don’t have your own), arrange food and condiments for the event, make a list of people you are taking along with you for the event, and so on. No need to fear; we at Lighthouse Party Bus & Limo have all the solutions you need! Keep on reading this entire essay for celebrating a great tailgate party. Not only that, but if you are looking for tailgate bus rentals, we have amazing party buses to offer. Feel free to explore our options.
What Kind Of Vehicles Will Suit The Occasion?
As vehicles play a significant role in events like this, it’s best to get an idea of the type of bus you should select. First of all, you need to register the number of passengers you want to bring all in your mind. You have a lot of options when choosing a vehicle; for example, for larger to medium groups, you can select a party bus. For smaller groups, a sprinter van will be a better option. You can also opt for a school bus for short trips while a coach for longer trips. Here is some info about the number of passengers you can take by boarding our party buses.
- Harbor Beach Party Bus: Can hold up to 20 Passengers
- Isle Royale Party Bus: Can hold up to 22 Passengers
- Thunder Bay Party Bus: Can hold up to 24 Passengers
- Spectacle Reef Party Bus: Can hold up to 30 Passengers
Packing For The Party
Don’t know what to pack? Here’s a quick rundown of everything you require in order to make the party rocking!
Essential Gear & Items
- Tailgate Grill
- Folding Tables & Chairs
- Paper Towels
- First Aid Kit
- Tool Kit
- Duct Tapes
- Phone Charger
- Insect Repellant Cream
- Extra Batteries
- Plates & Bowls
- Paper Glasses/Cups
- Cooking Pots/Frying Pans
- Mixing Bowls
- Chopping Board
- Tooth Picks
- BBQ Sauce Brush
- Cooking Oil
Food & Drinks
- Fresh Fruits
- Spices & Condiments
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Carbonated Beverages
- Fruit Juices/Milkshakes
Food Selections & Ideas
When it comes to food and beverages, you have many options to choose from. For parties like these, one staple food selection is the barbecues. Without grills & BBQ, we can’t even imagine a tailgate party. However, you should be aware that there are a few rules and regulations regarding barbeques. These rules and regulations vary from venue to venue, so it’s wise to check venue instructions before you determine your menu.
Include appetizers, side dishes, and desserts along with main courses. Keep a few bags of chips, crackers, etc. Other options are burgers, all types of sandwiches, wings, chicken fries, french fries, chili or party subs, etc. For drinks, we have already included the options.
What To Do After Reaching The Venue
So, parking the vehicle in the lot is done! Now you need to mark your territory. Line up your bus to arrange your setups. Remember to set up the shop so that you can easily access your goods and setups. Set up the tables, chairs, coolers in an organized manner.
Note that it’s imperative to bring two tables, one for setting up the grill and another for serving the dishes. Equip the gear, team flags for decoration, and garbage cans for easy disposal. A good idea is to keep a banner indicating a party going on at your spot to avoid unnecessary arguments or overstepping boundaries.
Before the game/event starts, you can enjoy light snacks, desserts, beverages, etc. If you have time, you can chill inside the bus. Drink, play recreational games, watch movies/series, or maybe dance with your other members. Hiring a tailgate party bus from rentals like Lighthouse Party Bus & Limo helps you with all of that. Plus, with a designated driver for your bus, you don’t need to stress about driving if you have had a few boozes down.
During the game, just try to keep it fun and cheerful. No need to diss other teams or pick fights just because it’s tempting. Remember you are there to have fun with your friends and families. Keep the environment safe and relaxed. Keep a headcount to ensure everyone is present at the moment. Drink wisely and responsibly. Put aways the bottles, wrappers, empty packs, and cans into the recyclable bags.
Lastly, it’s just a game, no need to get serious if your team loses. Respect other tailgaters and have fun with them. Ask them if they need any kind of help regarding food preparation, cleaning, etc. Oh, and don’t only keep the lot clean, keep the party bus clean as well. We often see that people make their vehicles dirty and don’t care to keep them clean. We urge you to be a responsible citizen by cleaning the vehicle and advising others to do so. Happy tailgating! Cheers!