From the venue to the food: Tips for throwing your own tailgate themed-party

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It’s that time of year again. The air’s getting crisper, school’s starting, and NFL football season will soon be upon us.

But before those NFL teams hit the field, they have to find some place to practice.  Did you know that some NFL teams call colleges and universities home in the late summer?  These venues’ fields are the perfect location for these professional athletes AND for corporations or groups looking to include outdoor activity into their retreats.

In fact, Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA has hosted the Superbowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers for 45 years during their training camp.  Consider following in their footsteps if you need to plan some sort of outdoor teambuilder and look into a college or university.

If you’re looking for a more subtle way to capture the NFL spirit, check out these three tips for creating your own tailgate-themed event.

Cornhole. This game may go by many names, but the concept is simple: toss the beanbag into the holes in the boards to accumulate points.  Set up a tournament for your guests and watch the competitive spirit come through.

Think on a stick: Your guests will have to be able to munch on something while they toss the beanbags, so keep food travel-friendly. Think kabobs, fruit skewers, or cakepops.

Unique references: You don’t need to scream tailgate with grills, footballs, and potato chips. Carry the theme into unexpected touches, like cupcakes for desert that mimic the field.

Keep these tips in mind when selecting a location or planning the details of your Fall events or parties.  Take a few risks, and you'll be sure to leave a memorable impression on your guests.   Whether you explore a unique venue or serve up a themed snack, you'll be sure to stand out.