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Tailgating Ideas for a Company Party

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Please the sports fans in your office by incorporating a few tailgating ideas into your next company party. The idea of tailgating originated with Angela Pisani, the wife of a team doctor, in 1957. Before one particular game began, she dropped the tailgate of her station wagon and fed her kids and friends from there. Share drinks, eats and good times with your colleagues by throwing a tailgating bash for your next mixer.


Regardless of the particular tailgating ideas you choose to make your next company party a success, it will take a lot of planning to make the event come off without a hitch. Take full advantage of your interoffice communication tools to get everyone involved in making the party happen. Send email invitations to the entire office, use memos to delegate tasks -- and send periodic reminder alerts to keep the upcoming tailgating party in the forefront of your colleagues' minds.


While tailgating traditionally takes place in the parking lot or on the lawn of a sporting event venue a few hours before the game takes place, you can break this rule to spice up your next company party. Consider driving in a few large flatbed trucks to throw a tailgating party in your own office parking lot. If this idea will not fly with your corporate executives, you can simply plan your company party to coincide with the next big game in town. Pregame tailgating is permitted at most sports venues across the nation.


Both grilled and small finger foods rule the day when it comes to tailgating parties. Burgers, steaks, hot wings and shish kebab are all ideal choices for these gatherings. In addition, lots of chips and dip should be included on the menu. If your coworkers want to get fancy, throw in a spinach dip housed in a hollowed-out bread loaf, or a sumptuous chili with lots of beans, cheese and meat included (see Resources section). Kegs or bottles of beer are the ideal drinks for tailgating bashes.


Folding chairs, sun shades, coolers and team paraphernalia comprise the basics of tailgating decor. If your office isn't rooting for a specific sports team on at your company tailgating party, consider a team name and team colors that represent your office. Make banners, foam fingers and jerseys that represent your company's team spirit. Also, consider having a few footballs available at your party, to facilitate spontaneous games between coworkers.