Gear Up for Game Day With These 12 Tailgating Must-Haves

Prep for football season and months of tailgating with these stylish game-day finds.

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August 08, 2019

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Shatterproof Solo Cups

Skip the red plastic cups and enjoy your pre-game punch with these eco-friendly, shatterproof and dishwasher-safe solo cups. Each set comes with 10 frosted, 16-ounce cups with a celebratory printed graphic. The best part? You can reuse the cups at every home game, and the plastic design ensures they're safe for kids of all ages.

Buy It: Etsy, $15.00

Wine Tote

Discreetly hold and pour two bottles of wine from a removable, easy-to-use, BPA-free beverage pouch. Each tote has a zippered, insulated pocket that keeps your beverage pouch chilled for hours. Plus, we love that it's stylish enough to use with or without the pouch. It operates as a fully-functional purse with a high-quality interior lining and side pockets that can also hold all your essentials (including your vino).

Buy It: PortoVino / Amazon, $89.95

Pretty Paper Plates

Enjoy grilled game-day goodies and buffalo chicken dip galore from these pretty paper plates. The disposable plates are a must for your tailgate because they feature a fall-ready plaid border, encourage mid-day mimosas and make for swift cleanup when it's time to head to the stadium.

Buy It: Etsy, $2.29

Portable Picnic Grill

We're dubbing this picnic grill the MVP of tailgating must-haves. The petite grill folds flat for easy transportation and setup. It comes with chrome-plated charcoal and cooking grates and provides a roomy grilling surface for hot dogs and hamburgers.

Buy It: Crate and Barrel, $59.95

Fleece Stadium Throw

There's no reason to suffer through the chilly autumn temperatures to support your team. Grab this gingham stadium throw to keep you comfortable and cozy throughout the season. We're big fans of this design because it's crafted with ultra-soft fleece and offers monogram customization, ensuring you won't lose track of your throw during all the hustle and bustle of game day.

Buy It: Etsy, $20-$25

Collegiate Can Coolers

Keep your cans ice-cold all afternoon with some spirited koozies. We can't get enough of these brilliant orange koozies that showcase a hand-drawn skyline of Knoxville, Tenn., complete with Neyland Stadium. Lyrics from the university fight song add flair to these festive can coolers. The designer offers koozies for 20 different cities and college towns, all in their specific school hues.

Buy It: Etsy, $5-$18

Playful "Yard" Games

Corn hole is a tailgate mainstay and for a good reason. The interactive game is fun for adults and kids alike, and it's easy to play while holding an adult beverage in one hand. Invest in this black-and-white striped set to keep friends and family entertained throughout the afternoon. If guests become bored with typical corn hole, flip the boards over and take advantage of the built-in grid and marked bags to play a few rounds of competitive tic-tac-toe.

Buy It: Crate and Barrel, $149.95

Spirited Napkins

Nothing spells hostess like elegant and on-theme paper goods. Elevate your game day spread with a personalized set of state-themed napkins. Each set comes in bulk quantities up to 250 napkins with your choice of 29 spirited hues. Give your napkins a personal touch with a printed monogram or family name alongside the state silhouette.

Buy It: Etsy, $27-$106

Festive Serving Tray

This football board is crafted from maple wood and provides the perfect backdrop for cheese, meats and vegetable spreads. Personalize the board by engraving your family, school or team name.

Buy It: Personalization Mall, $39.99

Big Batch Drink Dispenser

Simplify your drink station and free yourself from never-ending bartending duties with this Mason jar drink dispenser. The sturdy dispenser is crafted from molded glass with a classic American design and features a stainless steel spout for easy refills. It holds six quarts of liquid, making it the perfect container for a big batch of your favorite game-day libations.

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $48 (Originally $69)

Waterproof Outdoor Speaker

What's a tailgate without some good music? This powerful outdoor speaker is ideal for avid fans and frequent tailgaters because it's Bluetooth-enabled, provides digital AM/FM radio, features an auxiliary jack and comes with a voice-assist feature. Oh, and it's totally waterproof and dustproof, which means the party can – and will – go on.

Buy It: Academy Sports and Outdoors, $199.99

Tailgate Tassels

Represent your team colors at your tailgate with a festive paper tassel garland. Dangle the garland along your trunk, secure it on a nearby fence or use it to trim the perimeter of your tailgate tent. Choose from 85 stunning color combinations to put some pep and panache in your tailgate decor.

Buy It: Etsy, $13.99-$28.99