Tailgate Fan is getting back to basics this week. We all know that a proper tailgate requires food, friends and fun (music and some adult beverages don’t hurt either). But where do you put all that food? And where do your friends park their rear ends when they’re tired of standing on parking lot asphalt? As always, we have the answer. Read on, my friends.
Without portable basics, like tables and chairs, your tailgate will probably suffer. After all, it’s a party, not an endurance test. Here’s what you need to bring along to keep your guests comfortable:
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Lifetime Six-Foot Folding Picnic Table ($220)
What is a tailgate if not a rowdy picnic? This collapsible picnic table seats six people comfortably and is built to withstand weather, spills and the weight of your beer-drinking, barbeque-chowing guests. There’s even a hole for holding an umbrella. And when the party is over, the table folds down flat for easy travel and storage.
Buy the Lifetime Six-Foot Folding Picnic Table.
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6′ Portable Plastic Banquet Table ($150)
Maybe you just need something big and sturdy to hold all the food. Unfold this white plastic banquet table wherever you want to lay out the spread. Just like that you’ll have a solid six feet of grub-holding space. Get a second to accommodate a bigger guest list. The stain-resistant top makes clean-up a snap.
Buy the 6′ Portable Plastic Banquet Table.
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Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair ($85)
This folding chair must’ve been made with the serious tailgater in mind. It offers the kind of padded comfort and portability that those metal folding chairs just can’t. There’s plenty of storage for the things that always get lost — cell phone, sunglasses, sun visor, etc. And the best part… you don’t have to balance your food and drink on your lap. The foldout side table lets you keep your hands free for, well, more food and drink.
Buy the Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair.
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Crazy Creek Sports Chair ($39)
It’s a chair without the legs, because you never know where you’ll want to sit down. This foldout chair provides support for your back and comfort for your rear end. It’s even insulated for protection in wet and snowy weather. The mesh pocket is perfect for your beverage, whether it be a bottle of water or a bottle of, you know, something else. Use the Sports Chair in the parking lot, and then take it into the stadium.
Buy the Crazy Creek Sports Chair.
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.