Easy Tailgate Snack and Party Ideas

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It’s that glorious time of year where the weather gets cooler, the holiday season begins and football fills our weekend!  I love this time of year and I always look forward to football games.  Whether we are heading to the local high school game or tailgating at the match up between major rivals I love game day!

Tailgate party set up

I’ve teamed up with my favorite beverage company Coca-Cola® and Walmart to share easy tailgate snack and party ideas that will help you make your next game day celebration extraordinary!  Walmart has everything you need to take your tailgating to the next level, with an extensive selection of snacks and food, including everyone’s favorite Coca-Cola beverages you can get everything you need in one stop.  Better yet, take advantage of their online grocery pickup and save yourself some time!

Tailgates traditions touchdowns letterboard

Every good party needs a little bit of pizzaz, but when you are tailgating you don’t want to drag a bunch of decorations with you to the game.  I made a quick and easy chalkboard banner and keep it with my tailgate supplies.  I like the chalkboard banner because I can switch out the saying depending on what game we are tailgating for.  I took a black and white striped piece of fabric and laid it on the trunk of the car.  Not only does this help keep your car from getting food spilt on it, it also makes it look more festive too.

Football tailgate party ideas

Finally, I packed everything up in crates and boxes and then used those to display some of my favorite grab-and-go game day snacks.  

Tailgate snacks

Tailgate popcorn snack bar

Speaking of snacks, these bacon wrapped water chestnuts are one of my go-to game day snacks!  Everyone loves these and they always go quickly, so make sure you double the recipe!  You might be wondering what makes these so amazing, well the secret is in the sauce!  I always add a little bit of Coca-Cola to sauce and it adds that perfect hint of sweet and deliciousness that makes you keep coming back for more!

Tailgate snacks and coke

These are super easy to make too.  Simply drain the water chestnuts and pat them dry.  Wrap each one in bacon, bake and then transfer to a crockpot and cover in the sweet and tangy sauce.  Trust me, these will take your tailgate game day snacks to the next level.

Bacon wrapped water chestnut ingredients

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts step 1

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts step 2

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts step 3

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts

With all these tasty snacks you’ll want to make sure you have a drink station with everyone’s favorite drinks.  Coca-Cola beverages are practically synonymous with game day, so make sure you fill lots of drink buckets with ice and stock up on the Coca-Cola® and Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar 24 packs.

Tailgate beverage station

Coca cola tailgate party ideasCoca cola in store photo

Are you ready to earn MVP honors at your next game day celebration?  Head to Walmart and stock up on party decorations, snacks and Coca-Cola® and Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar 24 packs for an extraordinary tailgate celebration!

Tailgate party set up

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
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Serves: 3 dozen
  • 3 cans whole Water Chestnuts
  • 1 lb bacon
  • ⅔ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP Coca-Cola
  1. Cut the bacon slices in half.
  2. Wrap each water chestnut in bacon and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake the bacon wrapped water chestnuts on 425 for 30-40 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.
  4. Remove from the oven, degrease on a paper towel and then carefully transfer the bacon wrapped water chestnuts to a crockpot.
  5. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar and Coca-Cola and whisk until smooth. Pour over the bacon wrapped water chestnuts and gently stir to incorporate the sauce.



Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. Love the entire tailgate! Where could I find the cute football water or ice tea urn?

    Thank you!!

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