From your Ride to your Gear, Colonial has your Next Tailgate Covered


Fall is approaching, and with its brisk temperatures and falling leaves comes another familiar sight: Football. In many places around the U.S., football is a way of life. From the painted faces of college students on campuses near and far to the “Terrible Towel”-waving, “Cheesehead”-wearing fanatics across the country, fall and football go hand-in-hand.

Whether you need a credit card or vehicle loan, Colonial offers the competitive rate to get you back in the game – fast. There is a football tradition that is almost as treasured as the game itself. Tailgating. Tailgaters are a breed of fan all their own. These proud souls burst out of bed at the crack of dawn, making their way to stadium parking lots while the rest of football nation sleeps. One thing they all have in common is a passion for their team that is hardly matched. From the casual hangout to those who have turned the tailgating experience into an art form, tailgaters come from all walks of life.

Maybe you’re new to the tailgate game and you want to see what all the fuss is about. You have to start somewhere. The good news is there is really no wrong way to tailgate. But, there are a few things that every pre-game party has to have. Below is a list of the essentials that will make any tailgate party a success. If you are looking to become a tailgate MVP, Colonial has you covered, in more ways than one.

Good Eats

Good food is the backbone of every tailgate party. If your spread is weak, you could jeopardize the whole operation. The old standby when it comes to a successful tailgate is rockin’ the grill. Now, there’s been an argument for decades over which grill reigns supreme, charcoal or gas. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, so it’s really up to the preference of the grill master. The real star of the show is the grub itself. Hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken wings, chili, potato salad, beans, dips and more dips. Whatever you decide to whip up, be sure to bring plenty to share with the new friends you’re certain to make.

Game-day Drinks

No matter what your beverage of choice is, it’s important to have a fully-stocked cooler that has a variety of choices. Unless your tailgate is adults only, have options for the little ones as well. For the brave men and women who live in the frigid north, having a thermos or two of coffee or hot cocoa can be a real game changer. As far as the more elaborate game day cocktails go, be creative. Incorporate your team’s colors or name your cocktail after your favorite player, like a “Romo Rita” or a “Wilson’s Wild Lemonade.”

Music and Fun

A must-have to enhance your tailgate experience is music and entertainment. Your tunes can really set the tone and potentially attract other faithful fans to join your party. If you can’t afford big speakers, don’t worry. There are loads of affordable products out there that you can hook your iPod or smart phone up to and start jamming.
If you’ve already caught the tailgating bug and you’re officially hooked, now may be the best time to upgrade your equipment to match your passion.

As far as game day games go, a football is almost always required. There is no better time to toss around the ‘ol pigskin than a tailgate party. There are also a number of games designed for tailgate enthusiasts. A couple favorites that are perfect for parking lot fun include Cornhole and Ladder toss. As long as you’re having fun, you’re doing it right.


Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

Nobody’s perfect. It’s easy to forget a few things when you have so much to remember. A couple of things you never want to forget are plenty of garbage bags for trash and plastic containers for extra food. Don’t get stuck without the means to clean up the mess you’ve made. Also, leftover tailgate food can come in handy after your team has won the big game. You can kick up your feet and enjoy a few snacks while you wait for traffic to die down. It’s important to note that you will also need to bring plenty of condiments, eating utensils and more than enough chairs to accommodate your guests

Be a Tailgate MVP

If you’ve already caught the tailgating bug and you’re officially hooked, now may be the best time to upgrade your equipment to match your passion. If you’re looking to upgrade to some next-level gear, like a pull behind trailer/smoker or couple of flat screen TVs, we’re here to help. Apply for a consumer credit card with Colonial and purchase all of your new tailgate toys to have the hottest setup around. We offer competitive rates on all of our cards, so contact us today.

For those who like to travel in style and comfort to and from your tailgate extravaganza, an RV may be the perfect ride for you. For those do-it-yourselfers among us, there is no shortage of creative ideas. People all over the country are refurbishing old school buses, fire trucks and ambulances into the perfect tailgating vehicles. Whether you need a credit card or vehicle loan, Colonial offers the competitive rate to get you back in the game – fast. We also help keep you covered with auto and RV insurance – so contact one of our affiliate Dubose & Associate Agents today!

 

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