The backyard tailgate: Turn your deck into the perfect place to enjoy the game

Posted 30 September 2013 9:23 PM by Universal Forest Products

Nothing beats the fun you’ll have tailgating at a stadium’s parking lot … unless perhaps you have a deck that can be transformed into the ultimate “backyard tailgate” destination. After all, backyards have several advantages over the traditional parking-lot tailgate: they are a lot cheaper and easier to get to … and only seconds away from the restrooms.

So if you have a deck that’s game-ready, try backyard tailgating. Deckorators® has a few tips that can make the event more enjoyable:

  • Incorporate food that’s themed for the sport you’re watching. We’ve packed up a number of ideas on our Pinterest
  • Add yard games. Cornhole and ring toss were yard games before they became tailgate mainstays!  
  • If your in need of some extra outdoor entertaining space consider integrating a Deck Rail Table; perfect for an outdoor drink station or can be used as a worktop for a grill. 
  • Equip your deck with lighting such as Deckorators Post Caps or Classic Solar Baluster Lights so you can keep the party going into the evening hours while providing a safer playing field for your guests. 

  • Leave the stadium blanket inside and make your deck cozy by adding a portable fire pit to the deck, using deck stones to keep the area safe.
  • Consider bringing the TV to the deck. Sure, you can grill and play outside then watch the game inside. But you may be able to lengthen your outdoor enjoyment by connecting a wireless TV receiver or antenna.

Happy tailgating!