For millions of people, football is an integral part of the holiday season, as high school, college, and pro football teams create their own unique level of excitement and local pride during autumn and winter. Many enjoy the long-held tradition of tailgating before the games. However, hosting the ultimate  football tailgate takes a lot of planning.

Follow this guide to tackling your tailgate with ease—from food and drink, to games, and everything in between!

Printable Tailgating Cheat Sheet