We’re a football family. And a baseball family. And a Formula One family. And sometimes a basketball family. We know how to get Couchgating done right around here is what I’m saying.
Some of the earliest parts of my relationship with Dan were built on tailgating, hanging out for hours and hours and hours before kickoff drinking cheap beer and listening to the radio. We’re well-versed in knowing what it takes to make a good tailgate.
And because of our tailgating prowess, we also know how to couchgate like pros.
Couchgating is what you graduate to doing once you have children and going to games to bake in the hot, hot sun for hours and hours and hours with cheap beer and snacks no longer sounds like a good time.
(Also kids are expensive and so are sports tickets. Sometimes adulting means opting to do things like buy clothes for kids and feed them and not go to the games in person.)
I actually really like couchgating now that we’re not spry young chickens anymore. LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE PICTURES OF US! WE WERE BABIES! Third down on the right hand side is probably our very first UGA football game together. In 2004.
Like I said, we were babies.
And now we have
Anyway. There are essential things you need to couchgate, like great food, great friends, and a TV. But there are things you can do to kick it up a notch, and that’s where Wayfair comes in.
Because we follow college football and NFL, I opted to create a Wayfair idea board that would work for both of our home teams: UGA and the Atlanta Falcons. Also the Hawks, which is ultra convenient.
When Couchgating, you don’t have the ambience of a stadium or arena to set the tone, so decor is super important. The guys probably won’t care, and if they’re anything like mine, these pillows will end up in the floor and you’ll want to rip your hair out.
The pillows are still important. Bonus: The red ones can be repurposed for CHRISTMAS! The black ones, too, if you throw in some plaid! Boom. Multitasking pillows, FTW!
But let’s be real, what people are really showing up for, besides the company and the game, is the food.
Food is incredibly important to your couchgating experience because you get to be a little more experimental than with a traditional tailgate where you don’t have access to a full kitchen.
That means we’re busting out a crock pot.
My favorite, favorite couchgating recipe is Buffalo Chicken Sliders. (These also make a great weeknight meal!)
2-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 oz. cream cheese, softened OR cut into chunks
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Your favorite buffalo sauce
King’s Hawaiian rolls
Your favorite ranch and blue cheese dressings
Put the chicken, cream cheese, and buffalo sauce (to your own taste) in the crock pot and cook until chicken is done. Shred chicken and add shredded cheeses. Slice Hawaiian rolls, top with shredded buffalo chicken mixture, dollop with ranch or blue cheese.
It’s a super easy dish to feed a lot of people, and you can always adjust quantities based on personal preferences.
(See that three-compartment condiment tray on my Wayfair idea board? Use that for your dressings and no one will know you bought the ranch and blue cheese from Taco Mac instead of making it yourself!)
Assorted chips and dips are always awesome. And that football stadium serving tray up there makes a great way to present them!
Whatever you’re looking for to make your Couchgate special, Wayfair has it. Promise.
Do you couchgate? What are your favorite tips and tricks for couchgating?