It's almost that time! Super Bowl parties are a big part of many households. Even if “your” team is not in the Superbowl, you might even host one and root for the team you hate the least.
While a lot of fun, Super Bowl parties can also get expensive if you don't plan right. Below are some tips to hosting a budget-friendly Superbowl party.
How To Host a Frugal Super Bowl Party
For decorations, stay away from officially licensed gear from the NFL such as plates, cups, wall hangings, etc. They will cost you a lot and take up a huge portion of your budget. Instead, opt for more subtle and still team-inspired by going to the local dollar store and buying cups, napkins and plates in team colors. You can even use the paper plates to make a team banner. These plain paper products will still let your guests have team spirit!
Go for simple when it comes to food. You can buy things like nuts, pretzels, crackers and sweets from the bulk foods section of your favorite grocery store for much less than buying in smaller packages.
Be on the look-out for coupons to use during this time. Food manufacturers know this is the season to push snack foods, drinks and even things like meat and cheese. Pair them with sales going on at stores at the same time to maximize your savings. You can easily find the best deals at your local stores by using the Favado App.
Analyze your guest list. Is it too big? Cutting the size of the guest list can help in saving money on a party.
Do a party pot-luck style. Be responsible for one aspect of the party, maybe the “main dish”, and ask guests to bring sides, dips, drinks and anything else that would help throw it together.
Go for a non-alcohol event. Alcohol is a huge expense during a Superbowl party and by cutting it out, you will be saving a lot. If you would still like to have it, ask that guest's BYOB (Bring your own beer).
Have some low cost craft projects on hand to keep kiddos entertained during the party.
Send your invites out via email or even Facebook. It's free and allows other to easily RSVP so you will have a better idea on who is coming.
Just like with snacks, buying drinks (or even making punch of some kind in a bowl) in larger sizes will save you in the end. When you buy those individual cans of soda, you are paying a lot of the can. Instead, buy two liters.
If you really want to save some serious money, plan on making a lot of the snacks such as veggie trays from scratch. Did you know that “baby carrots” are not a special kind of carrot, but rather a regular carrot cut that way by a machine? You can make your own baby carrots for a fraction of the price. Here is a list of frugal appetizers you can make for your party.
For a main course that won't break the bank, think of classic American foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers and even BBQ. Serve inexpensive sides like baked beans and potato salad. Who says you can't have picnic food in the winter?
What team are you rooting for this year?