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02 December 2020

5 DIY tailgate party games for kids and adults

‘Tis the season to take advantage of the last few beautiful days before weather changes with some tailgate party games.

No need to break out your wallet. For these games, the items you have in your backyard will do, or you might need to make a quick run to Home Depot. Great for backyards, parking lot gatherings or the park, these five tailgate party games will be sure to entertain your friends and family. And don’t forget — nothing goes with a football tailgate quite like buffalo wings. Order our party packs for the group at buffalowingsandrings.com.

Bottle Bowling

What you'll need:

  • 12 to 20 plastic bottles
  • A rubber ball
  • Optional: Dry rice, beans or sand for weight

How to play:

Depending on your audience, you can have multiple variations of this. This first is to follow strict rules for formal bowling, letting each player have two tries to knock down all the pins. As an easier alternative for younger children, you can have players take turns rolling the ball, writing down how many they knocked down, setting them up again, then letting the next player try. After 10 turns, the player who has knocked down the most bottles wins.


What you'll need:

  • A large paper or whiteboard and a writing utensil
  • Access to a “word generator” like this one.
  • A designated host

How to play:

Designate one person to be the host, then split up into two teams. Use thegamegal.com’s random word generator to provide the prompts. You can select the difficulty level of words you’d like and then stick to that level throughout the game.

Choose your team’s “artist.” The host will show the artist the word. The artist can start drawing when the host starts the timer for one minute. If a team member guesses it within the minute, they get one point. Rotate who gets to be the artist, and continue for 10 rounds. Add up whoever has the most points, and the team with the most points wins. Remember - no gestures, talking, letters, or symbols!


What you’ll need:

  • A long bar or pole
  • Music (optional)

How to play:

How low can you go? An oldie but a goodie, Limbo is a game that’s funny whether it’s adults or kids trying to get under the bar. Nominate two people to hold either end of the limbo bar. Bust out the tunes and lower your bar about an inch after everyone attempts to go under it with their back facing the floor. The person who can get the lowest under the bar without touching it, falling to the ground, or repositioning upwards, wins.


What you’ll need:

  • A frisbee
  • Two bins, about 20” high and 16” diameter
  • Cut hole 5 inches from the top. The hole should be 3 inches long and 12 inches wide.
  • Bright-colored duct tape for around the slot so you can see it from a distance

How to play:

Play one-on-one or create two teams of two. Separate bins about 16-18 feet apart and stand behind the tub to throw the frisbee. The goal is to get to exactly 21 points.

  • If your frisbee touches the tub, you get two points.
  • If you get the frisbee into the top of the tub, you get three points.
  • If your disc enters the “slot,” your team wins instantly.

For one point, you can run and “deflect” a shot, like this.

Ladder Golf

What you’ll need for two ladder golf goals:

  • 24 PVC Tubes, 24″ x 3/4″ (you will cut 6 of them in half to make twelve 12″ tubes)
  • 12 PVC connectors, 3/4′ T
  • 12 90-degree PVC Connectors, 3/4″

What you’ll need to make bolas:

  • Cordage (6 pieces at 22 inches long)
  • 12 golf balls with a rubber or cork core
  • A drill press (don’t have a drill press? You can also buy bolas online).

To assemble your goals:

  • Cut six of your 24″ pipes in half to make twelve 12″ pipes.
  • Lay out the horizontal bars, then the t’s and elbow connectors
  • Add the vertical bars and attach all pieces together
  • Build base with six 24″ pipes (you can make them shorter, but this is the most sturdy).
  • Attach the base to the top of the goal. (Visual representation here.)

To make your 6 bolas:

  • Drill a hole through each golf ball using a drill press. Thread each piece of rope into the golf balls and tie off with a knot on each side of the golf ball. Measure 9 and ¾ inches from the inside of the golf ball along the rope and make a mark. Tie a knot on that mark. From end to end, the bola should be about 13 inches.
  • Repeat 5 more times.

How to play:

  • Set up a toss line about 15 feet from your ladder.
  • Each team gets 3 bolas. They toss all three in a row before the next team tosses.
  • For each rung of the ladder:
  • Top = 3 points
  • Middle = 2 points
  • Bottom = 1 point
  • If a team scores all three bolas on top in one turn, you get one bonus point.
  • The second team’s bolas can cancel out the first team’s bolas. The goal of the game is to reach exactly 21.

Ready to get your tailgate party games on? One of the best parts about a backyard tailgate is the freedom to bring or order in whatever food you want. And speaking from experience, nothing gets the party started like wings (They go fast, too!) For mouthwatering wings, appetizers and party packs, check out our Buffalo Wings & Rings menu and order today.