How to Coordinate a Tailgate Party with a Sign Up

Fall is here, football season has kicked off, and that means it's time for tailgating! Whether you're setting up for a pre-game celebration by the field or having guests over to cheer on your favorite team, host an epic tailgate party with friends and family using these tips.

From collecting RSVPs to recruiting help with food, SignUpGenius can help to simplify your party-planning load this season. 

Recruit help

You need good food, a great game to watch and your favorite people to make a tailgate truly successful. 

Asking friends to help with side dishes and appetizers will ensure you get a great variety of food that everyone can enjoy. Ask guests for specific dishes you want to have available, or have participants sign up for a general food category and comment what they will be bringing. 

Choosing an RSVP sign up is a great way to know how many people to plan for on gameday, while still allowing others to contribute to the festivities. 

Need some inspiration for what foods you should ask others to bring? We've got you covered with these 50 simple tailgate foods that will be easy for tailgate guests to transport to the party.

Don't forget to think about some fun outdoor games and activities to help keep the little ones entertained, you're sure to score a touchdown with the other parents attending!

Send reminders

Showing up to a tailgate without food is a bummer, so make sure you remind participants to bring what they signed up for!

Create customized reminder messages for your group so that everyone stays in the loop about gameday festivities. These also help keep those responsible for food or decorations remember what they chose to help with, so you aren't left with all the heavy lifting!

Meeting at a location that everyone may not know? Include a link to Google Maps so that tailgaters know where to show up and celebrate on gameday!

Celebrate all season long

If you want to host tailgate parties all season long, format your sign up by slots and select recurring dates. By making a recurring sign up, you can guarantee your tailgate needs are covered for the entirety of the football season! 

Each week, have guests sign up for food items or offer their car (if tailgating outside), so you can make the most of the season and spread the responsibility of hosting. 

Don't forget to make sure your sign up looks the part! We have plenty of sport and food themes to choose from, so you're sure to find the perfect fit for your tailgate. If not, you can always customize your own theme with our premium plans

Now that you have the tips and tricks to win tailgating this season, start planning today!

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