Tailgating Troubles: The Worst Things to Bring to the Party
One of the best ways to kick off a big game at the stadium or concert with your favorite artist is with a tailgate. These pre-game celebrations, usually held in the parking lot outside the venue, are all about gathering with friends, chowing down on tasty food, playing some fun games, and sharing the buzz for what’s to come. Even though tailgates are relaxed, that doesn’t mean you can just toss all etiquette aside. Experts say whether you’re hosting a tailgating bash or showing up to a potluck-style get-together, there are still some dos and don’ts when it comes to what you should bring to the party.
Best Life, a lifestyle website, collaborated with etiquette experts and chefs to compile a list of the ten worst things to bring to a tailgate. On their list, you’ll find a variety of items to avoid when preparing for a tailgate, ranging from homemade alcoholic beverages and oversized speakers to glass containers and kegs.
Tailgate Party Rules
Included on their list are oversized cuts of meat. According to one of their experts, while a bit of grilling can be a fantastic way to satisfy your fellow tailgaters, some tailgaters tend to go to extremes in their enthusiasm. They recommend avoiding hefty roasts, briskets, or whole fish due to their extended grilling times and the effort needed to portion them for serving and consumption. However, it’s worth noting that some might argue these options could work for larger tailgate events.
They also mention it might be a good idea to leave out any politically charged decorations or attire. The etiquette expert recommends avoiding political stuff, as it can create a bit of tension at a party that’s all about having a good time and coming together. “A tailgate is a time for fun, not debates,” they emphasized.
Another item featured on their list is any dish predominantly reliant on mayo as a primary ingredient, as it tends to spoil quickly. Potato salad, pasta salad, and chicken salads may seem like convenient choices, but they require refrigeration to prevent spoilage and reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. The same caution applies to deviled eggs.
Find out what else made it onto their list of not-so-great things to bring to tailgates here.