Tracy Lee Curtis

Tackling a tailgate at home

Big game this weekend. And since I don’t have tickets, I think I’ll do one of those home tailgate parties. I found a few tips if you’re wanting to do this too ….
Big game this weekend. And since I don’t have tickets, I think I’ll do one of those home tailgate parties. I found a few tips if you’re wanting to do this too …. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

Big game this weekend. And since I don’t have tickets, I think I’ll do one of those home tailgate parties. I found a few tips if you’re wanting to do this too:

For that real tailgate feel, back your vehicle up the driveway and turn it into a table. This one’s easy for me. My SUV is basically a diner where, thanks to travel sports, we already enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Use your team colors for the tablecloth – which for my Panthers are black, blue and silver. Although Panther blue is lighter than Duke blue, so my idea of lining the car with Duke sweatshirts won’t work. But I do have a black pashmina. And leftover silver tinsel from Christmas makes a nice table trim.

They also say to use rustic containers that display that ‘on-the-go’ feel of tailgating. And to serve food on plates and cake stands at different heights so your food spread looks visually appealing. So I order 5 pizzas and put them in a crate. On the ground. I put the pulled pork sliders on the SUV table, and since I don’t have a cake stand, I hang a bag of tortilla chips from the basketball goal and put the spinach dip on the roof of the car.

Bring your team spirit, even though you’re at home. Granted, it’s a little harder to get your family to vacuum the car and untangle tinsel when your face is painted blue. But in the end, they’ll appreciate the change from your usual color of red.

A great dessert recommendation is the Whoopie Pie – a fluffy chocolate cake cookie with buttercream filling, dubbed the new cupcake, and no doubt it makes the same sound as a whoopie cushion when you sit on it.

Make sure you have tunes. Another bonus of tailgating out of your car is that your favorite CD is already in there. Which for me is the soundtrack from the Broadway hit “Hamilton” – the story of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, a hip-hop, rap musical. Although apparently, kids don’t want to learn history during a national championship football game. Or ever.

You’re supposed to play cornhole. But since we tell our kids never to play in front of or behind a vehicle, we create our own version of cornhole – where one person shoots a basket and tries to tip the bag of corn chips into somebody’s mouth.

And the last tip is to make sure everybody can see the game. But given that the SUV is backed up to the smallest window in the house, only a 19-inch Zenith is going to fit in there. The picture’s not great, but we can listen to it on the radio – during the “Hamilton” intermission.

I just hope I can catch enough corn chips for my spinach dip.

Curtis: tracy@tracyleecurtis.com

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