It’s that time of year again! The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events of the year, as people that don’t even watch football tune in for the show! Not only is the game fun to watch, but the commercials are entertaining and everyone looks forward to the halftime show.
Additionally, house parties are always a big thing for the Super Bowl, as bars can get crowded. However, as with every party, hosting a Super Bowl party usually involves spending money. If you’re on a budget, this can pose some problems. The good news, however, is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time! Here’s a few strategies/ideas to help you host a great Super Bowl party this year, that won’t break the bank!
Ask Your Guests to Bring Something: Host a potluck-style Super Bowl party. Your friends won’t mind bringing something to contribute to the party, which can include food, drinks, cups, silverware, etc.
Remember to ask everyone what they’re bringing ahead of time so that five people don’t bring the same thing! This will make it easier for you to tell the people that RSVP at the last minute what they can contribute, as you’ll already know what you still need.
Get Help: Just before the party, ask a few close friends to come over and help set up. This will help you determine if there’s anything you still need. That way, you can quickly run to the store and pick something up, or ask a friend to pick something up when they’re on their way. It’s also an excuse to hang out with these close friends before the party starts.
Buy Reusable Party Plates: If your house is the party house, then a great idea is to buy reusable party plates. Ask your guests to stick them in the sink when they’re done. Then, when the party is over, load them in the dishwasher. You’ll then have one less thing to buy for your next party.
The Food: If you’re not a savvy chef, you might not be familiar with the different ways to save money when it comes to party food. Some of these strategies include:
- Buying items in bulk: If you have a warehouse membership, use it! If not…get one!
- Plan ahead for leftovers: If you cook/buy food you know you’ll eat later, then you’ll save money on meals in the near future.
- Veggies: Veggies are inexpensive and they can be used in all sorts of dishes; chili, tacos, dip, etc. It’s also important to note that you should buy the bags containing veggies that aren’t pre-cut, as they’re usually cheaper.
- Just put half the food out: If you can help it, make sure you only put out, or cook, half the food before your guests arrive. That way, when you run out, you can just whip up another batch and surprise everyone with more food!
Games: For those guests that could care less about the game, buy some games that you know everyone will enjoy playing. A great idea is to buy a regular deck of cards if you don’t already have one; they’re inexpensive and there are many games that can be played with these cards.
Or, buy a game that’s unique to the Superbowl. One card game that’s fun to play is Football Commercial Bingo, which usually only costs around $6!
Remember, thinking ahead is usually the key to saving money. If you follow these steps, it’ll make your life a little easier during this Super Bowl season. As for whether or not your team wins, you’re on your own there.