Homegating Ideas and Recipes

Game day spirit? Check. Indianapolis Colts jersey? Check. Tickets to the game? Uh-oh. It’s the day of the game, but you find yourself watching from home. That doesn’t mean your pre-game warmup needs to be any less fun than the ones fans heading to the stadium are having. Let us help you make the most of game day from your couch instead of the stands!

Every great tailgate starts with food. It’s no different with homegating – except for the added bonus of not having to pack everything up and load it in your car! Get the football party started with a fun and tasty popcorn bar.

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Photo Credit: Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

In addition to plain, buttered popcorn, try a fun flavoring . Serve with add-your-own mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, nuts, candy corn or dried fruit.

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By the time halftime rolls around you’ll be ready for something heartier, like these Touchdown Diamond Burgers. The best part, beside how delicious they are, is that you can make them ahead of time and pop them in the oven during the game. You won’t miss a single down!

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Savor sweet victory with an equally sweet treat – a skillet candy cookie. Use whatever candy you like (leftover Halloween candy, anyone?), but blue and white M&Ms seemed appropriate here.

Soda and beer are the traditional tailgate choices, but since you’re at home you can take advantage of even more tasty options. I love having a big pot of spiced cider simmering on the stove. How about choosing your drink based on kickoff time? Or a Colts Blue Spiked Lemonade from Farm Wife Drinks?

If you have little ones around the house, you may find that the eating and drinking is the easy part. It’s the actual watching of the football game from home that’s tricky! The key is to keep them busy or find ways for them to get into the game.

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The classic mini football game will keep kids entertained long after the game is over – and they might even learn a thing or two while playing.

Older kids can stay in the game with a fun game of football bingo. I like to pull out a stack of football-themed books, too. The new Joe Journeyman series, a look-and-find book, is fun for all ages. We also like Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Who: Football and The Everything Kids’ Football Book.

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DIY pompoms are easy to make even for little hands. Spend the first half of the game crafting them and cheer on your team with your finished pompoms in the second half!

The Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council have partnered in search of the Colts Best Tailgate. Whether you’re gathering to cheer on the Colts at home or away, we want to see your best tailgate! Enter the contest by uploading your photo and description to Twitter or Instagram, tagging it with the hashtag #ColtsBestTailgate. You can also submit your entry online here.

“Angie Six from justlikethenumber.com is a guest contributor to Colts.com. For other football related posts from Angie visit, here.”