6 Fun & Unique College Tailgating Ideas You’ll Want to Try

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College football season is here, and we are PUMPED! Sure, the game is exciting and we obviously want a big ol’ win for our favorite university, but we’re more thrilled for tailgating season! With tired old ideas, it’s time to spice up tailgating by thinking outside the box. These fun and unique college tailgating ideas are ones you’ll want to try at your next home game.

 

1. Upscale Concrete Picnic

Let’s be honest. Most tailgating parties are just picnics in parking lots. Why not do a literal play on this by breaking out the baskets, blankets, and pillows for a high class affair. Think classy food offerings such as a cheese plate with dried and fresh fruits along with sparkling ciders and juices and soups in old school thermoses. This is perfect for a more feminine twist on the whole parking lot BBQ.

 

2. The Color Game

Get your friends involved by challenging them to bring an item of food or drink that’s in the color of their favorite team. This is definitely difficult for base colors like white and black, but it’s an awesome challenge for DIY or talented cooking friends who are great at experimenting on recipes. Plus, the photos of the spread look amazing!

 

3. Preparing Wisely

One of our favorite socially sourced ideas to make your tailgating spot on is to come prepared with the right equipment packed in the most genius carrier — the tool box. We love the idea of grabbing a vintage tool box, painting it in team colors, and then adding your BBQ and cleaning equipment so that it stays organized. Other genius packing ideas include replacing ice with frozen water bottles in coolers, using large storage tubs to store dirty dishes (or washing them there in the tub itself), and utilizing hanging shoe storage to keep utensils from flying away on windy days.

 

4. Add a Bit of Comfort

If we’ve got any complaints about tailgating — it’s about how uncomfortable it is to either stand for hours or sit in plastic sports chairs. You can DIY chairs by sewing pillows and pillow cases together to fit in the back of a truck or van or covering cardboard, foam, and fabric to fit on top of a cooler to make an extra seat or two. Not a crafter? You can purchase chairs that latch on to backs of trucks and SUVs that may be an awesome investment for regular tailgaters.

 

5. Decorate the Ride

If you attend a large university, finding your car in a sea of others can be a huge problem. One of the easiest solutions is to hang balloons, but even that can be hard to spot. Instead, go all out and pick a theme for each home game and tell your friends they’re looking out for the tiki decorated truck or the van with the giant jungle attached. They’ll love the effort you put into it, and you’ll love having the vehicle that’s the center of attention.

 

6. Kick Off With Games

Tailgating needs more than just chatting about quarterback and recruits. Instead, plan your day to include some extra fun. Of course, there is cornhole and ladder toss, but there are other options such as giant Jenga, DIY mini golf, and ring tosses. You can even expand to other tailgating parties to add scavenger hunts and trivia.

College Gear That Any Parent Will Love

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The days are ticking down ‘til your college student heads back to the dorm — but there’s still plenty of time to shop! College gear isn’t just hoodies and tees with a university emblazoned on chest. These days, the options are almost endless with classic favorites and more sophisticated items you can even show off at the office. We picked our top college gear that any parent will love, so get your shopping cart ready.

1.   Pullover Workout Gear

Sweatshirts are essential college gear, even for parents, but the truth is that many parents aren’t into that whole casual look. If you prefer something a bit more versatile, check out these Valspar pullover hoodies in school colors and featuring miniature logos. It’s warm enough to take out on a walk but moisture-wicking if you plan on bringing it to the gym. Plus it comes in men’s and women’s sizing making sure it fits your body perfectly.

2.   Rec Room Wall Art

Decorating a more relaxed space can be tricky when trying to decide how to dress up the walls. But with your student away at college, you can have a little piece of them in their favorite hangout space with wall art from their university. Done in bright, bold colors with beautifully designed logos and imagery, you’ll love incorporating these pieces of art into your design and showing them off while hosting friends. Plus, it’s a sweet homage to your student when they’re not at home.

3.   Barbecue Accessories

You may be the reigning Grill Master in your family, but can you claim to be that out of all the other moms and dads at your child’s college? You’ll need to get your grill on with a BBQ set perfect for hosting backyard grill parties for all of your student’s friends and professors. These BBQ sets come with stainless steel spatula, tongs, basting brush, and fork with university logo and colors.

4.   Cornhole Games

Who says your student has to have all the fun? Backyard BBQs or trips to fall tailgating is not complete without a set of cornhole stands. There are so many unique designs to choose from ranging from vintage to metal coolness. Ours even comes with the cornhole bags in school colors to amp up your party and make it ready to go straight from the box.

5.   Car Décor

Throw away that faded “honor roll” bumper sticker. They stop handing those out once your kid graduates high school. Instead, upgrade to car swag that really shows off your pride. From steering wheel covers to floor paneling, you can deck your vehicle out from top to bottom with your school’s logo and colors.

6.   Spirit Throw Blanket

That ratty old blanket your college kid loves to bring to tailgating sessions doesn’t really hold up on the back of your couch. That’s why we love the classier take with stripes and school colors to get you into the spirit. Take this black and gold version. It’s made of a heavy material perfect for keeping you warm on the sidelines or snuggling under for movie night at home.