The Backyard Family Tailgater – Throw a true Southern Tailgater for the Whole Family - Westport, CT Patch

October 26, 2012 4:36 PM ~  
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The Backyard Family Tailgater – Throw a true Southern Tailgater for the Whole Family - Westport, CT Patch.

Your own back yard is the perfect setting for a Southern Tailgater where food, friends, family and fun is the name of the game.


Pregame festivities begin at 3:00 PM with a ballgame (touch football, kick ball, soccer) outside.  The first rule: everyone must be outside and participate in something.  Section off an area to play croquet or Baci – your artsy friends will love this.  Offer jump ropes, pogo sticks, and sidewalk chalk for the kids.  Set aside a table for munchies.


 For pregame snacking, set a buffet table outside and decorate with fall colors: a brown table cloth, freshly fallen leaves scattered about, pine cones, and twigs.  Start by grilling some cheese quesadillas outside using flour tortillas and shredded cheese. Line baskets with the inner leaves of a head of iceberg lettuce or cabbage and fill with crudités by grouping carrots, peppers (mix the colors of orange, yellow, and red), broccoli, celery, and cucumber. Line bowls with lettuce or cabbage for veggie dips, there are many prepared ones or you can make your own. Add salsa and chips too.  Serve the grilled cheese quesadillas pizza style with guacamole and sour cream, cut with a pizza cutter on a large tray or cutting board and you have a great munchies buffet while everyone plays.