7 tailgate essentials that will prove you know how to throw a party

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You don’t need a lot to throw a great tailgate party, whether in the stadium’s parking lot or at home in the backyard. However, if you want to kick things up a notch, you may want to stock up on a few of these tailgate essentials, from a grill-top pizza oven to a durable portable speaker.

Food brings people together, especially when cooked over an open flame. So, of course, the main event at any tailgate is generally the grill. Get a standard portable gas grill or take it to the next level with Blackstone’s best-selling griddle top grill or Ninja’s new 3-in-1 Woodfire Grill (it also air fries and smokes).

Once you have your grill, it’s time to turn party. Check out these seven tailgate essentials to keep the pre-game lively, regardless of the final score.

1. Rightline SUV and Van Tailgate Canopy, $119.95

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Don’t have an actual tailgate? This canopy attaches to the trunk of SUVs, vans and trucks with a cap to give tailgaters a little shade from the sun or protection from the rain. It’s sized to fit stadium parking spots and has two sandbags to hold it down for extra stability. After using it, fold it back into its portable sack and tuck it into the trunk.

2. Cuisinart Grill Top Pizza Oven Kit, $179.95

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The Cuisinart Grill Top Pizza Oven Kit comes with a pizza oven box that sits directly on the grill’s grates. The lightweight, stainless steel box has a cordierite baking stone on the bottom (the type of stone larger, more expensive ovens have) and a thermometer that displays the box’s temperature, up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Use it with a gas, charcoal or wood pellet grill at the tailgate to make legendary pizzas for the squad.

3. Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket, $129

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Rumpl’s Original Puffy Blanket is packable, portable and great for indoors and out. Made with 100% recycled materials, the blanket’s ripstop shell is stain- and water-resistant. On extra chilly game days, it comes with a cape clip to keep it wrapped around you hands-free. You can also get a Rumpl blanket with your favorite NFL or college football team on it.

4. YETI Rambler 30-Ounce Tumbler, $38

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Keep a drink hot or cold in YETI’s kitchen-grade stainless steel tumbler. It has a sliding lid, but you can purchase a straw lid if that’s more your style. Choose one in your favorite color or customize one with your team’s name.

5. Sonos Roam Smart Portable Speaker, $179

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Sonos’ Roam smart speaker is portable and outdoor-ready. Listen to music or the pre-game commentators thanks to its long-lasting rechargeable battery. You can control the sound with the Sonos app, your voice or Apple AirPlay 2 via Bluetooth or WiFi. In addition to its fantastic sound quality, this speaker is especially great for tailgating because its shock-absorbent material is also water-resistant.

6. Banzai Toss Like a Boss Outdoor Oversized Pong Party Tailgate Game, $16.97 (Orig. $27.29)

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Forget regular beer pong. Everyone in the family can play this oversized outdoor pong game. It comes with 12 buckets, two balls and a drawstring bag to store it all in. Set it up at the tailgate or in the backyard on game day to play in between cheering on your team.

7. MegaChef Triple 2.5 Quart Slow Cooker and Buffet Server, $88.99

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This slow cooker and buffet has three 2.5-quart pots with separate heat controls so that you can cook three items at a time. In addition to cooking, it keeps food warm and has a lid rest to make it easier when it’s time to eat. Use it for cooking and serving meatballs, pulled pork, cheesy dips, chili and more at the tailgate.

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