Having a tailgate in your backyard

Football season is upon us, and you know what that means: wings, beer and loads of fun with loved ones. Your outdoor living spaces can quickly transform into an at-home tailgate for the next Sunday afternoon game. Who needs to go to the stadium when you have a full game day set up in your backyard? Here are a few ways to make the most out of football days in America.


In order to make the perfect home-tailgate, you’ll want to consider a large outdoor television. You can choose between a projection screen or wall-mounted television set so that your guests can catch every play. Additionally, consider a built-in sound system to make it easier for everyone to listen. You can place speakers sporadically around your outdoor area so that nobody misses a touch-down!


What tailgate is complete without games? Horseshoes, darts and pool are all great games that will keep all of your guests in the competitive mode. Try to set up horseshoes at either end of the yard so guests have plenty of room. In your indoor space, make your pool table, dart board and any other games you have readily available for guests. Also, set up a card table if you have one as well. Again, games are great for tailgating because they not only give everyone something to do, they also will provide activities for those who aren’t glued to the television.


Food is always the most important aspect of a party! Why have guests if you don’t have anything to keep them full and satisfied? Simply prepare traditional tailgate fare like chicken wings, dips and sandwiches. Finger foods like cheese and crackers, chips, vegetables and dips are also ideal for a football tailgate.

However, the last thing you want is flies landing all over the place. Phantom’s motorized retractable screens for patios allows you to entertain without any worry of bugs. Plus, the right mesh will shield you from the glare of the sun and will get a bit more privacy from your neighbors.

If you’d prefer to cook outside, make sure you are equipped with a large gas grill and plenty of room. Expect to feed a bunch of hungry football fans! Stainless steel grills that are built into an outdoor kitchen are perfect for Sunday afternoon games.


While some people might be enjoying the game while playing bean bag toss, others may prefer to park themselves in front of television. Make sure to have ample seating for these guests. You will also want to place extra seating around a fire pit for those trying to get warm, as well as a few chairs around the games you have set up so people can relax. Finally, add a few side tables around the seating so people have a place to put their drinks and food.


You might be wondering, “What about when the weather gets chilly?” Worry not. You can strategically place heaters around the outdoor space to warm everyone up during night games and other events later in the season. You may also want to add a bonfire pit outside if you don’t already have one. Both a built-in fire pit or an outdoor fireplace are ideal for fall festivities as they emit light and heat.