Tailgate season opens each year on the first Saturday of September. That means it’s time to scrub down the grill, pull on your favorite jersey, and scope out the best spaces in the parking lot. Our tips will help you throw the ultimate tailgate party.
What is tailgating?
Tailgate parties are time-honored events. They usually take place in stadium or concert venue parking lots, with food and drink served from the back of a parked car or truck. For home team fanatics, concertgoers, and people who just like hot dogs, tailgating is a great way to socialize before, during, or after the main event.
Can’t-lose tailgate party prep
First, give yourself an organizational edge with everyday wireless tech. Your phone, tablet, smartwatch, and wireless speakers are valuable tailgate party accessories. In your hands, the iPhone 13 Pro Max [link to come] isn’t only the latest, coolest smartphone to hit the market; it’s a formidable party-planning tool. Once you’ve got your tech sorted, you can focus on the four most important factors of any successful tailgate:
We aren’t talking about appetizers (yet), but software. The Team Tailgate mobile app allows you to create events, invite friends, and add items. You can track who’s attending, where to meet, and what’s being served. The DoPoTLuck app is similar, with the added benefit of creating groups and instant notifications.
2. Food and drink
Tech works to your advantage when it comes to feeding a crowd, whether it’s dish inspiration or creating shopping lists. The Grill-it! app, for example, provides tasty grilling recipes you can view on your Apple iPad 10.2 (8th gen). Use ThingtoBring to send emails and keep track of who’s bringing what to the party.
Set the tone for your tailgate party with fun custom playlists on Apple Music. Blast your favorite artist’s entire discography before a concert with a USB-charging, waterproof JBL Charge 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Or play Queen’s “We Are the Champions” in powerful full-spectrum sound to get amped up before a game.
Streaming services like ESPN+ (available with the Disney+ bundle) keep you in the action, with high def visuals and lag-free performance. With 5G coverage on Verizon’s nationwide network, you can enjoy seamless entertainment. Access to gaming and movies will also help to keep any kids at the party happily occupied.
More tailgate party tips
In all your planning to make sure that the drinks stay cold and the food stays hot, don’t forget to enjoy yourself as well. While you’re entertaining your guests or tending the grill, you can still do the following.
SPF. Wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy. Nothing ruins a good time like sunburn. Use convenient apps like AccuWeather for iOS or Android to help you decide if you’ll need to bring along rain boots or sunglasses.
Take lots of photos. Capture the best memories from your tailgate party, including end of the night fireworks. The Samsung S21 Ultra 5G comes with a 64 MP high-res camera and 30x SpaceZoom for perfect, vibrant shots at any distance.
Be (technologically) prepared. Make sure everyone can connect with a Verizon Jetpack MiFi 8800L. With super-fast speeds and up to 12 hours of power, it can securely connect up to ten Wi-Fi enabled devices. Just a few wireless devices, a great data plan, and a group of friends are all you need to pull off an amazing get-together.
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