All-American Burger Dog: A one-handed wonder that's easier to eat than a regular cheeseburger.
Old-Fashioned Potato Salad: Step up to the plate with this crowd-pleaser.
Down Home Baked Beans: It's a whole new ballgame when you bake your beans with bacon and chili sauce.
My Amish Friend's Caramel Corn: Sweet, salty, popcorn, peanuts…this addictive snack mix covers all the bases.
Gourmet Root Beer Float: Score big with root beer floats worthy of the majors.
Baseball Cake: And the crowd goes wild.
Party Ideas & Tips
Tailgating--it's not just for football anymore.
- The plan. You've got your majors, you've got your minors, you've got your sandlot leagues. Pick a baseball venue and round up the usual players for a gameday cookout. Start your party early enough so you can get to your seats in time for batting practice. Speaking of seats, you'll want to buy a block of tickets well ahead of time so you can all sit together.
- The fun. Suit up in team colors and bring your gloves so you can snag those foul balls come game time. Hold a baseball trivia contest--check out funtrivia.com for loads of great baseball Q&A. The winner gets a team shirt, a hat, or a pair of tickets to the next game. Does the ballpark have a big message board? See if you can have the name of your party flashed across the screen.
- The details. If it's baseball season, chances are the weather is on the warm side. This puts food safety front and center in your party plans so you'll need lots of ice to keep food properly chilled. You'll also want to bring plenty of sunblock because friends don't let friends fry.
- The swag. Buy a load of regulation baseballs and personalize them with the date, a stamped-on image, or a clever message. Pass them out as party favors.