What do you do when a neighbor offers to sell you lower-level tickets to a Redskins game at a discount?
The Husband and his brother are both huge Redskins fans, and tickets to games at FedEx Field are not easy to come by. So when a neighbor offered four extra tickets to us, we jumped at the chance without a second thought. We decided to invite my brother-in-law and his wife to the 1pm game with us, and got started planning a game day tailgate!
Tailgating Brunch Food On-the-Go
If you’ve ever been to a professional football game, you know to arrive early. And while some people have no problems pulling out the grill at 9am, we decided to go with brunch food instead.
Breakfast Biscuits & Croissants
I learned this trick from catering so many years ago: Prepare biscuits or croissants in advance with meat and cheese, and heat them up on a sheet pan in the morning. We transported the hot food in stoneware dishes and thermal carriers. You can also use a warm brick inside a cooler.
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
The most time-consuming snack for this entire event was the chocolate dipped pretzel sticks. I never realized how difficult it is to get a smooth finish with candy melts. Unfortunately, the red candy melts ended up looking a bit chalky. At least they tasted good!
They were pretty easy to transport in a gallon-sized ziplock bag. When we arrived, I just added a bag of red beans to a glass vase and used that to hold everything upright.
Mixing in Store-Bought Treats
I made a pan of the husband’s favorite brownies (Ghiradelli) and brought a mix of BBQ and plain flavored kettle chips for extra snacking. It was all about bringing treats that are both tasty and portable.
Tips for a Game Day Tailgate Brunch
- With no kitchen and no real trash cans available, keep the menu simple and portable. Finger foods are always best.
- Drape the back of your car with a white bed sheet or plastic tablecloth. Sheets are easily washed and keep inevitable food and drink spills off the upholstery.
- Disposable plates and napkins are key. You can keep it fun with team colors, or keep it neutral.
- Buy extra napkins or bring a roll of paper towels…or both.
- Bring a box of trash bags with you and set a couple up right outside your car. Encourage everyone to use them while you party, to keep things cleaned up. Who wants to worry about cleaning up when it’s time to leave for the game?
I’m so grateful for the generosity of our neighbor. Even though our team lost miserably, it was a lot of fun to spend a few kid-free hours with my husband. Hopefully, our neighbor offers us more game tickets soon!
What are your favorite game day tailgate foods?
Who’s your favorite football team?