We can’t take credit for the term “Homegating,” but we love what it stands for – hanging out with friends and family and watching the game in the comfort of home. Stop hauling out coolers, chairs, grills, and grub and searching for the best spot in the lot. Now you can have a laid-back space with the best view to watch your team. The countdown is on, so get ready for a hopping homegating season with our top picks to win you all the points.
Send old looks to the bench and update your watching area for football season with a spacious TV stand that puts the spotlight on the action, seating for the whole crew with sofas and accent chairs, and a sideboard to hold all the game day snacks. Set up a home bar or bar cart to keep good spirits flowing and have plenty of side tables for guests to put food and drinks when it’s time to cheer on the home team.
Celebrate your team by peppering your space with sporty accents. Pub tables provide spots for standing and snacking, while spirited director’s chairs are great for setting up with folding tables or TV trays – indoors or out. A little football-themed décor always earns the extra point. Signs, wall art, and clocks are sporty additions to game rooms and basement hangouts.
It’s not a tailgate without something cooked over flames. Pellet grills provide extra versatility, allowing you to smoke meats for a big crowd along with grilling all the classics. A portable grill is just as functional at a homegate as it is on the road and can be used alone or to supplement your larger, stationary grill. Keep guests outside comfortable and roast marshmallows for a sweet treat after the game with a fire pit emblazoned with your favorite team’s logo.
Frosty drinks and football games go hand-in-hand. Go for the extra point with team logo beer glasses and a football-themed beer tray to pass around your favorite brew. Be sure to have plenty of drinkware and ice to keep bottles cold. A spare portable cooler works double duty at home or during away games.
Complete the pass with shareable snacks on easy-to-move platters and serving trays. Pay homage to your favorite team with top kitchen picks for sharing cheese, wings, olives, mixed nuts, and more. Have a slow cooker or two handy to keep dips, meatballs, and cocktail sausages warm all the way through fourth quarter.
Who needs the halftime recap when you can get the whole gang outside for some games of your own? Bean-bag and washer-toss games make for fun at home or while you’re out tailgating. Take advantage of your yard space by setting up outdoor games that need some extra room to take competition to the next level. And remember, you’re the one with home field advantage.
For guests who are relaxed and stuffed from amazing party food, provide a spot outside to sit and watch the fun. A shady canopy featuring your favorite team and fold-up camping chairs can also come along to your favorite spot outside the stadium when you venture out on game days.
As the leaves fall, the air turns crisp, and all the best snacks go on sale at the grocery store, it’s clear that football season is right around the corner. Find everything you need for homegating all season. Shop entertaining essentials and more at Hayneedle – and go [your favorite team]!