• Decorate your area to celebrate the colors of the team, driv-er or personality that you will be cheering for. Lifetime Products makes a variety of portable tailgating tables that feature the colors and logos of some of the most popular sporting personalities and teams. To help your friends find you in the crowded parking lot, hang helium balloons in appropriate colors high above your area.
• Marinate meats, chop vegetables and do anything else possible to prepare the food the night before. This will increase the time you have for socializing and decrease the number of tools and ingredients you have to pack. A simple and tasty marinade perfect for grilling steak and chicken is Cola Marinade:
12 ounce can of cola
1/2 cup orange juice
Simply mix the cola and OJ. Then add all the other seasonings according to your taste. Marinate steaks or chicken overnight for a sweet and tangy flavor. Grill until cooked to taste.
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