Homegating: Tips and Recipes to Enjoy the Game at Home


Football season is in full swing, and we are so excited to catch up with our favorite fall sport. Sure, things look a little different this year. While we wish we could be on campus playing cornhole or claiming our parking spots for a day at Ford Field, we are just glad to be enjoying sports again. Can we get a RAH RAH for that?!

We were inspired by the folks over at Milk Means More to come up with some creative ways that we can still enjoy some of our favorite parts about tailgating from the safety and comfort of our own driveways. Commence: homegating!

Homegating is just like tailgating…without the port-a-potties and without the paid admission! Executed with the precision of a perfectly thrown spiral into the end zone, a driveway get together over football can absolutely be done safely.

A few tips and tricks to get you started:

  • Invite your tailgating crew, your neighbors, and most importantly, your babysitter to supervise the kids in the back yard. Seriously, if your kids are not into watching the game, find someone within your circle who is into watching them so you can be sure to catch all the action.
  • Plan ahead how you’ll get the game on. Grab that extra TV from the kids playroom, set it up on a table in the garage, hook up your streaming device, and work out all the kinks so you’re ready to go at kickoff. If you cannot make an outdoor TV work, then find your radio or bluetooth speaker!
  • Let everyone know you’re playing it safe. Keep the hand sanitizer available, maintain social distance, and minimize touch points. You know the drill.
  • Remind your guests to bring their chairs, blankets, and warm beverages to settle in and watch the game. Wanna go next level? Grab an inflatable chair for game day.
  • Set up in the driveway just like you do for tailgates. Four hours before game time? Sure. EZ-up tent? Check. Cooler packed? Check. Team flags, pennants, and banners? Check, check, check. Keep that spirit alive!

Of course, no homegating celebration is complete without the FOOD! It’s arguably the most important part of any tailgate, because everyone has to eat. We think you will love some of these simple recipes from our friends at Milk Means More and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. You can even make these super cute by filling cups or bowls with individual servings for your guests to grab.

Click each photo for recipes!

Spinach-Artichoke Turkey Burgers


Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dressing


Healthy 7 Layer Taco Dip


Touchdown Parfait


When we have tickets to the game, we tailgate in all conditions. Rain or shine. You’ll typically find us layered up in mid-November, hovered around the tailgate grill to warm our hands. However you opt to set up for homegating, and even if you stay indoors with just your spouse and kids, we hope you’ll find these tips and recipes a fun way to celebrate the season with your team!

Click here for more amazing recipes from Milk Means More!

Detroit Mom partnered with the amazing Milk Means More team to bring our readers this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Approved by the Michigan Dairy Market Program Committee.
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Here at Detroit Mom, I am surrounded by an awesome community of women who have helped me find a place where I feel I truly belong. I’m a proud foodie who keeps crazy busy with cooking and canning, gardening, decorating, craft projects, and more. My husband of 19 years is Jason, and we have Gwenna, 11, and Larson, 7, as well as a silver Lab named Indy. We have lived in New Hudson for almost four years now. Mid Michigan is home for me, but after my husband graduated college, we spent 16 years moving around his home state of Indiana. Just prior to moving back to Michigan, we lived in Southern California for three years, exploring and extreme-adventuring with our kids to every beautiful outdoor location we could find. We are the family that spends more weekends away than at home, and our kids are master-level road-trippers. Most of our summers are spent at the lake, where I'm convinced it's not a proper summer without a dip in the water every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Reach out and say hi sometime!


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