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How to Throw a Football-Style Open House Tailgate
September 8, 2020

How to Throw a Football-Style Open House Tailgate

by The CE Shop Team

We Discuss Hosting a Football Open House Tailgate During COVID-19

Before we all know it, summer will start gradually fading into fall and that means one thing for sports fans - football is on its way. At least, that’s the rumor. Either way, football is one of the reasons why fall and winter is a great time of the year, and while this year’s season might be a bit off, we can keep the spirit alive by taking a little bit of that tailgate fun and working it into our open house.

Open House Tailgate Food & Drink

To begin with, let’s start with food and drink. If there’s anything that says football, it’s finger food and cheap beer. The only problem is that a traditional buffet-style refreshment table isn’t necessarily the most COVID-conscious way to do things. Instead, we recommend pre-assembled snacks that guests can grab in a hygienic manner. Something like these Popcornopolis ‘cones’ are the perfect salty, spicy, or sweet companion to a nice cold beer or soft drink.

Another great idea is to visit a local bakery and look for something that’s individually wrapped or can be served with toothpicks. As always, provide hand sanitizer and place signage by the table asking guests to practice the CDC recommended guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Don’t forget to let guests know that what they’re enjoying is a local place they can frequent if they decide to move into the neighborhood.

When it comes to drinks, it's good to offer a variety. From crisp light domestic beers to a 6-pack of something interesting from a local brewery like a fall-appropriate cider, to options for those who choose not to drink alcohol, a cool refreshing drink is a must-have for wooing potential homebuyers.

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South Carolina Team Spirit

There’s no shortage of team-themed partyware available, so whether you’re a diehard Gamecocks fan or more of a Clemson Tigers type (or both), a few small things here and there - like napkins and plates - can really increase that tailgate feel. If you’re really dedicated to your team, why not sport your favorite jersey at the event and encourage others on social media to do the same? It’s these small touches that will leave a lasting impression and make your open house stand out from all the rest.

Put the Gamecocks or Panthers Game On

Lots of real estate professionals like to play soft music while they host an open house, but for this one you should just put the game on. Even if it’s not your alma mater, just having football of some sort on in the background can help set the mood. After all, part of an open house is helping potential clients visualize what their life will be like if they go through with the deal. Plus, fans who play fantasy football will appreciate the updates.

For the kids and adults, set up a game of cornhole (preferably in your team’s regalia) or whatever your go-to tailgate game might be, in the backyard. Not only does it give them something to do, but it helps them visualize what entertaining in the space might be like.

Sound like a good time? We think so. Of course, with all of that said, other open house basics, like ensuring everything is clean, clear signage, opening blinds, and preparing a detailed pamphlet with everything a potential buyer might need, still apply. Otherwise, happy hosting!

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