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10 Easy, Low Mess, Transportable Tailgate Recipes

It’s fall and it’s football season.  You have tickets for game day.  Now it’s time to plan the tailgate menu.  Here is a collection of easy, low mess, transportable tailgate recipes to get you started.

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Tailgate Recipes

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I selected the following recipes to please picky kids, satisfy grown-up appetites, minimize prep work on game day, eliminate the need for crock-pots and barbecues, keep utensil and serving -ware requirements simple, and to keep the mess to a minimum.  Sorry, no saucy wings in this tailgate recipe collection.

Tailgate Recipes

Appetizers

A wide variety of appetizer recipes is included here.  This collection will take care of those who like pizza, tacos, or even the classic corn dog.  I think every tailgate appetizer collection needs at least one dip, so be sure to check out the cheesy bacon ranch dip recipe.

Homemade pizza puffs from Cafe Mom.

pizza puffs

Sausage Roll Ups from Dreaming-n-color.

 

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip from Deliciously Sprinkled.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

Puffy Tacos from Plain Chicken.

Puffy Tacos - my favorite way to eat tacos! Only 5 ingredients - hamburger, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheese and puff pastry. Ready to eat in minutes!! Can make ahead of time and freeze for later. Great for tailgating and parties!

Corn Dog Muffins from The Pioneer Woman.

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Sandwiches

Appetizers are great for snacking, but it’s important to offer sandwiches in case guests have heartier appetites.  These recipes can be prepared in advance to minimize prep. work on game day.  The biscuit BLTs and empanadas can be wrapped in wax paper to make transport and eating while mingling even easier.  Tie the wax paper with ribbon in your team’s colors for even more team spirit.

Italian Pinwheels from Mother Thyme.

Italian Pinwheels | www.motherthyme.com

 

Fresh biscuit BLTs  from Country Living.

mini blts

 

Pulled pork empanadas from Singly Scrumptious.

Desserts

Cookies and brownies are easy desserts for a tailgate.  However, I love theme food and think it’s fun to offer desserts in the spirit of the game.

Chocolate Football Pretzel Rods from Sarah’s Bake Studio.  I love the idea of sprinkles in your favorite team’s colors.  Go Team!

Chocolate Football Pretzel Rods

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs from Life, Love and Sugar.

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs - perfect for a Super Bowl Party and College Championship party!

 Tailgating Essentials

No tailgating party is complete without coolers, tables, chairs and serving wear.  It always fun to find forks, knives and cups in your team’s colors.  Dollar Stores and party stores can be a great place to shop for these items.  I love the multi-functional items below.   A backpack cooler that serves as a seat!  A folding table that has a beverage bucket and drink holders.


Plan an Oktoberfest celebration for family and friends

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Planning guide for Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST!  The best fall party of them all!  This is a perfect time of year to enjoy beautiful fall weather with family and friends.  Attending Oktoberfest in Munich Germany is on many people’s Bucket List (mine too).  For good reason, the party (originating from a wedding celebration) has been a tradition since 1810.  The official event in Munich typically takes place between mid-September and early October (Official 2017 dates: September 16th-October 3rd).  It’s time to start planning your Oktoberfest event.

Event Budget

This party can be as simple/complicated and budget-friendly/expensive as your heart and bank account can manage.  Smaller is simpler, but Oktoberfest provides a great excuse to mingle family, friends, and co-workers.  Just be sure to ask for help.

As the size of the party increases, consider asking guests to bring appetizers, entree, desserts, or beverages to share.  Many guests love the challenge of preparing a special, party-appropriate dish.

Invitations

Evite is a great way to send out a party invitation.  It’s easy to set-up and allows you to review guest RSVP’s quickly and easily.  You can even ask guests to sign up for food or beverage contributions.  This feature makes it easy to ensure your guests will have adequate food and beverage and prevents having too much of any one item.

If Evite doesn’t work for you e-mail is an easy option.  Hard copy invitations dropped in mailboxes or formal written invites sent by mail also work, but they do require a bit more planning.

Venue or Location

You driveway, patio, or yard provide a perfect venue for Oktoberfest.  If it’s cool build a bonfire or have baskets filled with blankets and extra sweaters to keep guests comfortable.  Tents are part of traditional Oktoberfest celebrations.  Don’t have a tent?  Consider borrowing a tent from a neighbor.  Tents and tables can be rented, but this will add significant cost to your party budget.  Another option is to decorate your garage or open your home to guests.  You might also consider renting a picnic facility in a nearby park.

Beverages

Oktoberfest food and drink

In my opinion, the guest list is the top priority.  Next in importance?  Food and beverages.  To keep the party simple, enlist the help of your crock pot, family, and friends.

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