A Tailgating Tip Trio and Takeaway

I’ve partnered up with Bush’s Beans again to talk about tailgating tips and give you a little takeaway, too! It’s right in the middle of football season, so let’s get our tailgate on!

If you’re a football fan and live in the vicinity of an NFL or NCAA stadium, chances are good you may have at least seen fans tailgating, even if you didn’t partake yourself. If you didn’t partake, well, let me tell you, you’re missing out.

As the wife of a Gamecock, I promise you that good times can be had at a tailgate. (And tailgating isn’t just for football fans, either. Tailgating the minor league baseball team is perfectly acceptable and even encouraged. Go Saints!)

Not near a stadium? Well, you’re in luck. It turns out you can tailgate in your living room, your backyard, the driveway, wherever you happen to have space for a chair and a plate.

Tailgating Tips

1. Prepare your food ahead. I’m not necessarily talking about cooking your food ahead, but the prep part only. Pat out burgers and separate them with pieces of parchment. Make foil boats to fill with side dishes, chop any vegetables you need and be sure you have a can opener…

2. Put together a tailgate kit. We have one of these for camping that can also sub in for tailgating. It contains odds and ends that you will most definitely need when preparing food and eating in the middle of the parking lot (or the wilderness). Include:

  • Paper towels for spills, mishaps and your face.
  • Aluminum foil to cook off and wrap leftover food with.
  • Matches for those times when the grill can’t get going fast enough
  • A can opener for you and everyone the cans of all your friends who will inevitably not have a can opener.
  • Garbage bags for bits of food, paper towels and other mess you’ll be making, as well as one for recycling.
  • Weights or something else suitable to hold napkins and the like down.
  • Rain ponchos for both yourself and your food in case the skies open up while you’re enjoying yourself.

3. Be visible. Whether you are looking to attract other fans, get your friends to find you or just avoid getting run over, you’ll want to be visible.
Bush’s sent over a gorgeous tailgating kit for our day of food, family, friends and football. Plus, we get to give one away to our readers!


One Bush’s Baked Beans Tailgating Kit that includes:

  • A Bush’s Cooler
  • Two Folding Chairs
  • A Burger Press
  • Hot Dog and Brat Griller
  • Coupons for Bush’s Baked Beans


1. Leave a comment. What football team do you cheer for?

2. Follow @BushsBeans and @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweet the following, and come back and let me know you did:

Enter to win a tailgate set from @BushsBeans on @FoodforMyFamily http://su.pr/1k57HV

3. Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did so. If you already do, THANK YOU. Just let me know.

4. Join the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did so.


This giveaway will run until Monday, November 14that 11:59 p.m. ET and is open to all U.S. residents. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has 4 chances to win by completing the above tasks and leaving a separate comment for each entry method completed. Chosen winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Bush’s. Tips, opinions and random thoughts are 100% mine. You’re welcome.


  1. I’m an Oregon Ducks fan! Go Ducks!

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  3. amy marantino says:

    I change favorite teams all the time… i like to root for the underdog and for young/developing players and teams. So this year, I like the Bengals.

  4. Excellent tips Shaina! I want to go to one of your tailgating parties!

  5. We cheer for the William and Mary Tribe, James Madison Dukes, the Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys! Obviously resulting in some inter-family rivalry!

  6. Well I always root for the CU Buffs since I want to support my students! For pro level, Denver Broncos.

  7. Now I’m hungry for wings! As always, great tips, Shaina. (I tweeted.)

  8. I am an Auburn Tigers fan…tha national champions…GOOOOOOOOO Tigers!!

  9. I follow food for family on twitter

  10. I married a Domer who has many friends still in the South Bend area – oh, the tailgates I can choose from when we go out to see games! These people are professionals.

  11. Our team is the Denver Broncos!

  12. On my way over.

  13. Yvonne Higgins says:

    I love my ducks. GO DUCKS

  14. Yvonne Higgins says:

    I now follow FFMF on facebiik. Great site. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. We love the Univ of Utah Utes! Can’t wait to beat UCLA tomorrow and we will be tailgating!! Go Utes!

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    Thank you!

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    I cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs win or lose!

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  39. Yay for tailgating! We root for the Cleveland Browns, even though they are terrible right now. πŸ˜›

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  44. Pittsburgh Steelers!!!!!!!!!

  45. I am following Food For My Family & Bush Beans on Twitter

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  47. got to support the best team oklahoma has right now…oklahoma state! Go Pokes!

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  51. Melinda Mendy Dinsmore says:

    We cheer for the St Louis Rams.

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  58. GO Green Bay Packers!!!!!

  59. Um whichever one the people I’m with are rooting for? πŸ˜‰

  60. Tweeted it.

  61. Following you on Facebook.

  62. we root for the broncos!

  63. Go Pack! Go!

  64. Great idea to put together a tailgating kit to make things easier on game day!

  65. Georgia Bulldogs Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  73. We cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers!

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  76. Go LSU!!!!

  77. We cheer for BYU

  78. I am a facebook follower

  79. Joined the Bush Bean’s community on facebook

  80. Da Bears!

  81. Great idea! Thanks for the chance!

  82. We follow the Cincinnati Bengals.

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  86. I didn’t know there was any other team but the BRONCO’S !

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  88. Debbie Welchert says:

    I cheer for the Nebraska Huskers.

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  92. Minnesota Vikings.


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