Quick & Easy Homegating Ideas

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This past summer, we moved as a family to my old college town of Gainesville, Florida. I told Richard that we wouldn’t *really* get a taste of Gainesville life until the fall. The summer is super chill. Minimal traffic, no wait in restaurants, parking spots downtown at any time. When fall begins, particularly on home game days, all that changes. A quick drive through campus on a Saturday home game, and the energy is just mind-blowing. And while it may be super-fun to party all day long in orange and blue, it’s not easy when you have two young children. To enjoy college football this season, we can have fun homegating parties in our own backyard!

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I began by heading to Dollar General to grab a few simple homegating essentials. Buy 3 participating items, save $3 at Dollar General {valid 9/24/17 – 10/21/17}:

  • Sparkle® 6 Roll Paper Towels
  • Glad® Food Storage Bags {Gallon Size}
  • Glad® Food Containers {Family Size}
  • Kingsford® Charcoal {15.4 lb bag}

I even grabbed a portable charcoal grill for just $25 while shopping at Dollar General. In just a few minutes, I was able to set up a quick and easy homegating spread we could enjoy as a family. There’s nothing more All-American when watching a great game at home, than hot dogs. So I purchased some hot dogs for the grill and a package of buns.

I didn’t want to have to fuss with making any side dishes, so barbecue potato chips, baby carrots, and spinach dip were easy selections. It’s great to spend all day cooking for special occasions, but sometimes I’d rather spend that time outdoors with my family than inside a hot kitchen. Other ideas for food that will allow you to spend less time indoors prepping and more time outdoors include chips and salsa, complete salads in a bag, pre-made fruit salad, or crackers and cheese. Doesn’t have to be fancy to enjoy a day with family and friends!

The fun part of any party is decorating the table — but, when you’re planning a simple homegating party, be certain to purchase all disposable products to make clean-up easy. I selected football paper plates, plastic cups, and paper napkins. I had this paper table runner from a previous football party, so it was easy to quickly set up again.

The Glad® Food Containers {Family Size} are great because I can serve food in the containers, and if there are leftovers, I can place the lid on top to store in the fridge or pantry. Glad® Food Storage Bags {Gallon Size} bags are also great for post-party leftovers, especially if you have guests who want to take some food home with them. And Sparkle® Paper Towels are perfect for clean-up after!


As the sun began to set, the kids wanted to play their own game of football. I love that we have such a large backyard so we can enjoy that valuable family time outside. The kids are just at the age now when they can really enjoy tossing the ball around and making up their own active games outdoors.

Whether you head to a college campus on a Saturday, local stadium on a Sunday, or the comfort of your couch, Dollar General is there for all of your tailgating and homegating needs. Take advantage of the buy 3 participating items, save $3 on Glad®, Sparkle®, Angel Soft®, and Kingsford® products valid 9/25/17-10/22/17. Check out this store locator to find a Dollar General near you!

What are your best homegating tips?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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