Hello, September! School has started, fall is in the air and the Wisconsin Badgers plays their first home game this Saturday! While I’ve never been a huge sports fan, I can definitely appreciate the camaraderie that goes along with gathering a group of neighbors, friends and/or family to cheer on one common goal; the big W.

Whether you plan to entertain a group of people, or lay low on your own, there are a couple of game-day essentials that will help take your Badger pride to the next level. First up, and no real surprise here, FOOD. So much of what makes a game great is the nostalgia of gathering your favorite snacks, trying out a new recipe, and/or just giving yourself permission to indulge a little as you cheer on your favorite team. Below are some mouth-watering recipes to get you started!

Loaded Potato Skin Recipe via Cooking with Cocktail Rings

Now that we have food covered, let’s get set up. Gather the basics; utensils, disposable plates, folding trays and red and white paper straws for a bit of extra flair. Next, collect your favorite games to play during half-time, don your favorite apparel and revel in the beauty that kick-off is near. How easy was that? Below are a few of our top picks for game-day essentials with source links in case you’re interested in purchasing.


Badger Home Game Essentials:

  1. Premium Plastic Silver Cutlery and Plates – Canary and King
  2. Crock-Pot Trio Cook and Serve Slow Cooker – Walmart
  3. Wisconsin Badgers Double-Six Domino Game – Kohls
  4. Retro Wisconsin Badgers T-Shirt – Rally House
  5. Red and White Striped Paper Straws – Canary and King
  6. 5-Piece Folding Tray Table Set – Walmart
  7. Madison, WI Insulated Pint Tumbler – Etsy
  8. Classic Dartboard – Zazzle
Wisconsin Badgers Art Print via Etsy

If you’re one of the lucky few who will be on the sidelines of Camp Randall this weekend, Chelsey’s got you covered when it comes to tailgating like a pro. Either way, we are wishing you a wonderful weekend full of good food, good times, and best of all, good people. Go Badgers!