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Raleigh Social Event Catering | Tips for a Great Tailgate

Wikipedia defines a tailgate party as “parties that usually occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games and concerts.” In North Carolina we tailgate for a variety of things, mainly thanks to our mild weather. But in the fall, tailgating really comes to life in the Triangle with so many different universities being represented. Here are some tips to make sure your Raleigh social event catering plans go off without a hitch.

Keeping hot things hot and cold things cold

If you are a basic tailgater then this is one of the biggest dilemmas you will face. Without investing a lot of money, we suggest selecting a menu with items that are best at room temperature. Try to limit serving to only one or two high-maintenance foods that need to be kept hot or cold.

If you are going to serve something like vegetables and dip then a great tip would be placing the platter on top of a decent sized bowl of ice to keep them crisp and cool. Hot items are the most difficult. You will need to invest in either a thermal bag/tote or something like a mini Weber-style gas grill. These mini grills are fantastic for ribs, brats or burgers.

If you consider yourself to be a serious tailgater, or plan on becoming one this season, make sure to have a festive tent for your game day patrons. A tent provides cover, for your food and guests, from the elements.

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Tailgating Decor

Just because it’s football season doesn’t mean we can’t put a little effort into making our tailgate eye catching.

Since were moving into fall, feel free to use some seasonal touches. Pumpkins and hay bales are a great way to liven up your displays. Another great idea is to paint the outside of an entire pumpkin with your team colors and then carve it.

Try to incorporate your team colors with more than just store-bought flags and stuffed mascots.

A really easy DIY craft is to make a simple pennant banner that you can hang on the serving table. Just cut fabric triangles, in your team’s colors, and glue them to a ribbon. You can use the pennant banner in your home for other game watching parties when the weather isn’t cooperating.

You can even take this a step further by ditching your old plastic tablecloth and opting for a team throw, or old plaid blanket instead. Want to really get rustic? Use burlap as a tablecloth or table runner. Burlap also comes in a surprising array of different colors.

Do you have specific Raleigh social event catering needs this fall? At Catering by Design, we have menus to fit any budget and occasion. Call us today and ask about our specials.