The Essential Moveable Feast Football Party Primer

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The Essential Movable Feast Football Party Primer

Planning & logistics have long been the key ingredients to any successful soiree. While tailgating at home offers a game day hostess the chance to really pull out the stops, traveling requires more forethought so festivities may be enjoyed. Packing a beautiful football party menu filled with classic picnic fan fare such as Creole Fried Chicken, Creole Potato Salad, Honey-Sesame Slaw & Butterfinger-Peanut Butter Cookies may be achieved without flaw plus look great once you’ve arrived to your destination. From adorable game day crafts that can be customized in your team colors to cooking guides & cooler logistics, follow my pointers to plan your next movable feast. 

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When traveling comes into play, be sure you’re ready. From easy to follow tips on packing coolers that will have you feeling chill to the proper zone coverage needed to keep food temperatures safe & everything in between, get ready to suit up. Winner takes all when you follow my play calls for a season of sideline fun.

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Planning & logistics are key to any great gathering so put on your game face. This straightforward playbook will prove to be indispensable. Use it to arm yourself with everything you’ll need to get festivities underway for a day on campus.

No. 1 

 The General Assembly

Several basic fundamentals should be packed & taken for your comfort when a day outdoors is scheduled. Hand sanitizer, Wet wipes, sunblock, bug spray, trash bags & paper towels will prove to be valuable commodities. The Tailgaters Quick Reference BBQ Guide will help you be certain you’re well stocked with essentials needed in order to prepare ribs & smoky classics just about anywhere while the The Tailgater’s Quick Reference Grilling Guide will aide in fast cooking technique solutions. Once underway, follow the recommended food temperature requirements by using a digital thermometer.

The Quick Reference Food Safety Guide
USDA Minimum Food Temperatures For Safe Consumption

Cold Items

Raw Meats For Grilling
Potato Salad * Pimiento Cheese * Deviled Eggs * Dips * Mayonnaise
40 degrees

Hot Items

Chicken & Turkey
Ground * Whole Birds * Breasts * Legs * Thighs * Wings
165 degrees

Beef & Pork
Steaks * Chops * Tenderloin
145 degrees

Ground Beef
160 degrees

Casseroles
165 degrees

No. 2

The Tables & Coverings

Three 8-foot tables are ideal foundation pieces for creating a gorgeous picnic atmosphere with plenty of room for food, serving pieces & a centerpiece, if desired. Invest once in serval white tablecloths that can be used for years to come. Make a few burlap table coverings to use as an accessory for a pretty, layered look by positioning them to the front of the table. You can then decorate the front with football bunting in your team colors for an extra bit of spirit.

No. 3

The Tablewares & The Game Day Crafts

It’s always a good idea to set aside several items that can be used each weekend for game day socials. Neutral elements will always look the best & give you an opportunity to tuck in swags of team color for a pretty finish. Galvanized steel, white acrylic trays, slate boards, a few wooden crates plus a set or two of Mason jars will set the tone flawlessly if you’re looking to create a truly swanky space. Once you’re ready to put it all together, layer the pieces in a variety of heights for interest. Have a set spot to organize disposable plates, napkins & flatware. Hand crafting a few paper style elements will have your space looking fabulous instantly. Football BuntingGridiron Tailgating Bags & Tag Football Sacks can be sprinkled throughout the space to add just the right amount of game day charm. Save them for the following week or if they take a beating simply discard them at the end of the day.

No. 4

The Food & Beverage Cooler Logistics

Cooler management is a basic fundamental that must not be overlooked when packing for a day of festivities outdoors. Properly chilled foods at the correct temperature should certainly be a No. 1 priority & two coolers should be utilized in order to keep your guests safe– one for beverages & one for food items. They should have wheels & a handle attached for effortless transporting.

Begin by lining the food cooler with frozen gel packs then create a solid foundation of cold items directly from the refrigerator. Raw foods packaged in disposable containers & heavy duty zip top plastic bags should be organized on the bottom. If end of the day grilling has been planned, consider freezing kabobs as they will stay cold & at the correct temperature longer. Next, place a solid layer of frozen gel packs over the items then add cooked main dish foods, snack dips, appetizer bites & pinwheel sandwiches leaving about 2 inches of space from the top. Frozen water bottles that may be used for hydrating once they melt & ice should be added last to ensure everything stays nice & chilled. Have fresh, bagged ice available in the beverage cooler to use for cocktails & sippers.

Food items that do not require refrigeration such as Chalk Talk Cookies, The Ultimate Game Day Snack Mix & Game Day Brioche Rolls may be tucked into sturdy bags or boat totes for effortless carry options. Slice brownies & bar cookies ahead of time & keep them in the original pans or stack in disposable bakery boxes.

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