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Oregon Family Magazine

Creating a Family-Friendly Tailgate

10/02/2017 ● By Sandy Kauten
It’s the start of fall and you know what that means… FOOTBALL!

Here in Eugene we are crazy about our Ducks. Football can be great fun for the whole family. Growing up, my family always had so much fun tailgating. How can you make it an event that the whole family will enjoy?

Here are our top 3 tips:

1.     Don’t forget the essentials!

My mom would always get so stressed out when packing for our tailgates because she seemed to always forget something. As I got older and planned my own tailgates, I’ve realized that packing is such a hassle. I recently discovered Tailgate-In-A-Box, which you can get at your local Fred Meyer for less than $40. The box includes a portable grill, cooler, BBQ tools, charcoal, plates, cups, utensils, bottle openers, and a trash bag. All I need to add is the food and drinks! The price is well worth my piece of mind.

2.    Keep the food simple!

Some families make their tailgates over the top with gourmet recipes. We just stick to the classics – simply grilled burgers and hot dogs. Then, we all have time to sit back and have fun. Bonus: the kids will actually eat the food.

3.    Keep it fun!

Kid-friendly activities and games are a must. Some of our favorites playing catch with the football, cornhole and giant Jenga. Or some clever face paint in team colors are always a hit with the kids.

Tailgating should be fun for the whole family. With some great gear, simple food and fun activities, you’ll be primed to cheer on the Oregon Ducks!

by Kristin Peixotto