>With football season kicking into full swing, there are plenty of people out there willing and able to gather up some friends, park outside a stadium, and grill out while waiting for a game. The time-honored tradition of tailgating dates back as far as sports go, and today’s modern football fan is certainly no exception.  If you’re not sure how to go about setting up to have a great time in the parking lot even before the game starts, the following are four steps for how to get together and tailgate.

1. Find a group of friends. Of course if you really want to make it a big affair and have maximum fun, you could invite work friends and neighbors to tag along too. The more the merrier in terms of tailgating invites.  Of course you can also invite family or even your bowling team or other members of the company softball league. It really doesn’t matter so long as you can get a group together of any size. Even if it’s a small group, the tailgating itself is a great way to meet new people. Just bring food, and you’d be surprised at how many friends you’ll make.

2. Divvy up who brings what. This is one of the most essential steps of the process. For instance, if you have a friend who has a truck or a midsize car, make sure they bring the largest equipment you might need. A portable grill is a great way to go in terms of larger equipment. That way you can eat hot dogs and hamburgers to your heart’s content once you get to the game.

3. Set up camp in the parking lot. Even if you all can’t park next to each other, make sure to pick someone’s car to gather around. Usually the vehicle with the grill or the food is the best bet here since everyone will naturally congregate around them anyway. Hopefully the person bringing food made sure to bring more than enough for everybody.

4. Eat, drink, and be merry. Grilling outside tends to bring people together, so make sure you’ve got plenty of hot dogs and drinks, but also make sure you’ve got something else for entertainment. Music is a plus, and so are party games like beanbag toss. That way everyone can feel like they’re enjoying the party.

Thankfully getting a tailgating party together doesn’t have to be stressful. With these four simple steps you can create a checklist for any sort of tailgating success story.