11 Tailgate Essentials For The Ultimate Game Day Party

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Whether you’re a diehard sports fan who rocks a jersey every weekend or someone who may or may not know what team Tom Brady plays for, nearly everyone can agree that tailgating is a fun time. Basically, it’s the fall version of a summer BBQ: You gather your friends together, grill out, have some drinks, and possibly watch some football. Tailgating also has come a long way from your college days where you huddled around drinking a case of Natty Light. Now, there are all sorts of cute accessories to class up a parking lot party. Below, you'll find 11 essential tailgate items that you need next Game Day.

1 Draper James x Coterie Game Day Balloon Banner ($9; coterieparty.com)

A statement-making balloon is any easy way to make your tailgate stand out — and it provides endless selfie opportunities for those who are more about the `gram than the game.

2 The Beistle Company 48 Can Inflatable Football Field Buffet Cooler ($25; wayfair.com)

Whether you use this fun inflatable cooler to display food or drinks or store ice, it’s a winning purchase.

3 Target Picnic Time Touchdown! Serving Tray ($25; target.com)

Every good party needs a quality cheese board, so set out up your favorite nibbles on this football-shaped platter that has one side for cutting and the other for serving.

4 Brümate Hopsulator Slim in Glitter Mermaid ($23; brumate.com)

Upgrade a basic foam koozie to this glittery insulating sleeve. Not only will it keep your drink twenty times cooler than your average holder, but it also is designed for skinnier cans (aka it’s a dream for spiked seltzer lovers).

5 GoSports Football Field Cornhole Set ($87, amazon.com)

While there’s nothing wrong with whipping out a beer pong table, a corn hole set is a slightly more sophisticated outdoor game that still lets you sip and socialize.

6 Hammacher Schlemmer The Rock N’ Rolling Party Cooler ($130; hammacher.com)

Since tailgates require packing everything into your car, you need to be as efficient as possible in terms of space, which is one of the many reasons this rolling cooler so great. Besides for keeping drinks cold, it has a built-in blue tooth speaker and lots of storage space, too.

7 Draper James x Coterie Game Day Stadium Cups ($8; coterieparty.com)

Draper James and Coterie have collaborated on a Tailgates and Touchdowns collection that includes these adorable cups that ooze Southern Charm.

8 Fan Fare Cookbook ($20; williams-sonoma.com)

Show off your cooking chops by whipping up recipes from this tailgate-centric cookbook. From cheesy olive pull-apart bread to five-layer dip, who needs prepackaged grocery store platters anyway?

9 Sunnylife Giant Tumbling Tower Game ($50; anthropologie.com)

Not knocking over this colorful tumbling tower is a sport in itself. And it's best played with booze.

10 MB Greene Hinge Purse With Leopard Trim ($50; mbgreene.com)

Due to new regulations, most stadiums have banned regular purses. Instead, carry your belongings in an approved clear clutch like MB Greene’s that doesn’t compromise on style.

11 Draper James Tailgates & Touchdowns Tee ($38; draperjames.com)

No team, no problem. Simply slip on this Tailgates & Touchdowns tee that’s just festive enough, so no one will criticize you for not wearing the right colors.

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