Gearing Up for Gameday

Down, set, tailgate! Football season is in full swing and that means you need a great tailgate to host family and friends. Along with tailgating events comes lots of preparation. From tents, chairs, tables, TVs, food, beverages and more, there are many ways to be the “host with the most” and take your event space to the next level. Show your best school spirit with our list of tips and tricks to help you get ready for your next gameday bash!

Plan your event rentals

Planning your event rentals doesn’t need to be difficult. What if you could have your entire tailgate space ready upon arrival and taken down after you leave? Well, now you can with Blockparty and their array of tailgating packages. As an exclusive event rental partner with Hicks, you will have every detail of your tailgate space prepared for you and your guests. Simply go to their website, choose your tailgate package and the rest is taken care of. It’s as simple as look, click, done!

Prepare flavorful food

What’s a good tailgate without the flavorful food? Quick finger foods are a great option and can be easy to prepare. Try having an assortment of chips and dips, fruit and cheese trays and a variety of slow cooked meats. Many of these items can be prepared prior to game day and are always fan favorites. Adding a sweet snack is also a great go-to grub. Try decorating cookies with your team’s logo, or have them made in advance as a yummy treat that also provides an extra element of school spirit.

Pour up the beverages

Everyone likes a nice cold beverage on game day. Have your cooler stocked with soft drinks, beer, tea and don’t forget the water! As chilly weather transitions later in the season, offering your guests a cup hot coffee or spiced apple cider is a great way for them to stay warm. If the game is earlier in the day, have a drink table set with mimosas and Bloody Marys, as these are perfect to pair with a brunch buffet.

Promote fan spirit

Fan spirit can be shown in countless ways. Request that your tailgating tent display your team logo and hang a few team flags on either side of your assigned spot. Another easy way to show team pride is to have all paper products, utensils and cups ready in your team color. Bring logo pillows and blankets for added comfort and as another way to root for the team. You can also help your tailgating guest prepare for the game by offering logo buttons, beaded necklaces, noise makers and team fans for games in the warmer months.


Let the Hicks team help you prepare for tailgating season! For more information, contact Event Rentals by Hicks, or visit

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