If done right, a proper tailgate party can be more exciting and fun than the actual event you are tailgating for. Sure, you can always throw a couple folding chairs, a cooler and grill into your trunk, then warm up a few hot dogs in the parking lot and call it a day, that works … if you’re in the minor league. But let’s say you are ready to get called up to the big leagues. The key to throwing the mother of all tailgate parties is preparation. And what could help you prep more easily than your own personalized, voice-activated shopper, Alfie.

The new Kenmore Alfie can help you build shopping lists, repeat orders, purchase groceries and even find great deals for you, all at the touch of a button. How’s that for a teammate?

As you think of the things you need for the ultimate tailgate party, let Alfie know. Food, grill, utensils, plates, coolers, condiments, chairs, tables … every time you think of something, tap Alfie. You can continually add to your list, review what you have and what you’re missing, order it and get it all delivered to your front door.


See Amy Clark’s DIY Bar Cart to make this cute display part of your game day.

• Once you are set with all the necessities, try to get food preparation out of the way the night before the big game. Cutting a veggie tray for burgers with lettuce, onions and tomatoes, then covering it with plastic wrap can save you plenty if time day of. You can also prep your burgers the night before, but you can save yourself even more time by using frozen meat. This can double as a sort of ice pack for your cooler as well, saving time and space.

• Of course, burgers and hot dogs are just the basics. Try some new recipes from our head chef Kari Karch on your next tailgate.

• Food and fun are an important part of your tailgate, but remembering even the smallest of details can make or break your party. Things like extra hats and gloves for cold weather, or sunglasses and sunscreen for warm summer days can really impress your guests. You can have Alfie round up some custom themed ones for your tailgate as well.

• At the end of the day, you still gotta clean up. Make sure to have plenty of trash bags, wet wipes and hand purifier on hand as well as a first aid kit. Think of it as a Tailgate Toolbox. Put a nice list together with your Alfie and you’ll have all the essentials delivered to your home and ready to go for your next game day.

The key word for a great tailgate is preparation; looking ahead and being ready for any situation. Take a bit of the load off your shoulders by having Alfie do the brunt of the work for you, and you can focus on the other key word for your next tailgate: fun.