Throwing a Super Bowl party? Last year’s Super Bowl pulled in 113 million television viewers, making the big game the most watched television event in history. Another 100 million football and commercial fans are expected to watch this year’s game, and only about a million of those viewers will be attending your party!
As daunting as it may seem to plan a party for a crowd the size of the U.S. Navy, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Well, maybe it’ll be a little expensive, but it can be less expensive if you follow these frugal football party planning tips.
BUY IN BULK – Food is the biggest expense of just about any party. To cut this cost, buy menu items in bulk from stores like BJ’s, Costco, or Sam’s Club (any true bargain hunter will already by a member of at least one of those stores).
BRING YOUR OWN BEER (OR WINE) – The second biggest expense of a party is alcohol. And depending upon the type of party, it can be even costlier than food. Reduce this expense to zero by asking guests to bring their adult beverage of choice (you’ll provide soda and other non-alcoholic drinks). Not only will this request trim your party-planning budget, it’ll also eliminate the headache of trying to predict which type of beer and wine your guests will like best.
MAKE IT A POTLUCK – Save time and money by asking each guest to bring a bag of chips, a bowl of dip or another side dish. If you don’t feel like asking guests to bring their own beer and a side dish, choose one of the two items for guests to bring. If you enjoy making snacks, ask them to bring beer. If you’re starved for time and challenged when it comes to cooking, buy the beer and ask them to bring a dish.
MAKE FOOD FROM SCRATCH – Trays of veggies, chicken wings and pre-made sandwiches are convenient, but that convenience costs money. Instead, buy those same items and slice, fry and, um, sandwich them yourself. It’ll take a little longer, but the savings will be worth it.
DECORATE FOR A DOLLAR – Not all Super Bowl parties feature decorations, but if yours does (good for you!), pay a visit to your local dollar store to scour their supply of streamers, balloons, table cloths and napkins. As a deal diva, you are familiar with your local dollar store, aren’t you?