Shake Your Tailgate Feathers


Tailgating has become a cultural phenomenon. While people have been having little parties before and after sporting events for decades, the practice of “tailgating” has only picked up steam in the past few years and now that tailgating train is screaming down the track. Every time there’s any kind of game – particularly if that game happens to be played with a football – there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of fans, gathered round smoking grills, wearing their favorite team’s colors and generally making a spectacle of themselves.

The great thing about tailgate parties is that it makes absolutely no difference whether you know anything about the team, the players or even how to play the game. It’s a P-A-R-T-Y!!

Have you ever noticed the difference between an amateur tailgater and a PRO? It’s the difference between a high school team and Green Bay Packers. As a public service, your buds at Gordo’s Cheese Dip have some suggestions for making your next tailgate party something spectacular. Of course, a rip-snorting tailgater starts with the food.

What’s to Eat?

Before Gordo’s hit the scene, tailgate party food was pretty bland, and in most cases, cheese-less. If there were any cheese dips, they were made from melted down, facsimiles of cheese, not 100% cheese from Gordo’s. Now, all you need is a few (say a dozen or so) Gordo’s containers – any or all of the six flavors – and you have the best cheese dip on the parking lot.


With a little time, you can also make amazing, specialty cheese dips using Gordo’s and these quick and easy recipes. Just click on any of these simple-to-make Gordo’s dips, guaranteed to make your tailgate party epic! Add a huge pile of chips and/or some raw veggies like carrots, cauliflower, celery, baby tomatoes and broccoli and you’re good to go.

As well-known philosophers like Aristotle and Plato have noted, man (or woman) does not live by cheese dip alone. No my friend, in order to get in the proper frame of mind to scream your lungs out for three hours, you need other food as well. Fortunately, Gordo’s has you covered here too. 

Set ‘Em Up Joe

The second most important element of an all-star tailgate party involves libations. The wider diversity of drinks, the better. Everything from a tub of bottled water, beer (lite and regular) and soft drinks to special tailgate punches work great for making your guests loud and raucous.

These tailgate punches don’t have to take a lot of time and can be made in large quantities and stored in a large thermos. Here are three great ones: Mint Punch Cooler, Beach Breeze Cocktail Punch and Yummy Rum Punch from Celebrate.com.

For directions on preparing these tailgate punches, just click here.

Party On Wayne

You can’t have a tailgate party without some silly tailgating games. These are like reindeer games (which poor Rudolph was not allowed to join in), only for tailgate parties. Are we clear here?

Football Hunt

This tailgate party resembles an Easter egg hunt. Use brown plastic Easter eggs so they look like footballs. Inside each egg, place a piece of paper with a number that corresponds to one of the types of scoring in a football game. Randomly use “2” for a safety, “3” for a field goal or “7” for a touchdown/extra point. You’ll need four times as many eggs as you have players.

Make a football scoring chart with a column for each quarter of the game and enough rows for each player. Hide the eggs and then send the players on their way to find the eggs. Each person should hunt until they find four football eggs. Everyone will choose one of their eggs to open and the scores for the first quarter should be written on the scoreboard. Repeat for each of the other three quarters to determine a winner. The winner should get something appropriate for the day – team t-shirt, cap or football.

Play the Squares

Everybody loves this games. Playing the squares is a friendly wager game for sports fans. If it illegal gamble in the are, you can play the game for a prize without an entry fee.

Make a poster board chart into a grid with 100 squares in a 10-by-10 format. Number the columns across the top 0 through 9 to represent the home team and number the rows down the left side 0 through 9 to represent the visiting team.

Players sign their names in the squares they choose to “purchase” and the scores at the end of each quarter determine the winners. At the end of each quarter look at the last number of the home team score and the last number of the away team score and then see where the column and row intersect. The person whose name is in that square wins.

Mascot Stomp

Does your bunch need to get out some aggression? Blow up balloons in the colors of your team and draw the mascot of the opposing team on them with markers. Tell players to tie a balloon to their ankle with a piece of ribbon. Have everyone stand in a circle and then blow a whistle signaling the start of the game.

At the whistle everyone will attempt to stomp and pop the other mascot balloons. The last person with a balloon wins the game. This one will get the partisan juices flowing!

There are so many more tips and tricks associated with a great tailgate party and we’ll have more on the next edition of News From the Big Dipper.

Party on.