How to Throw a Fun & Frugal Super Bowl Party

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Throw a Cool Super Bowl Party that Doesn't Break the Bank

Throw a Cool Super Bowl Party that Doesn't Break the Bank

Boom! Your team is winning, baby, and it’s gotten you excited about having your buddies over to watch the big game on the new giant flatscreen you got for the holidays. But even though you want it to be the coolest Super Bowl party anyone’s ever been to, you’re not looking to spend an entire month’s salary on it.

Relax. We’ve got you covered. There are plenty of cool things you can do and still have money to pay next month’s rent. Starting with the kickoff (e.g. invite), our game plan doesn’t miss a thing.

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Evite. We doubt you were planning to actually buy invitations to send out – come on, it’s a Super Bowl party, not a wedding – but Evite is totally free and still lets you design a cool or funny card to send out to your buddies. Even better, you can ask for RSVPs to get a headcount, and put any specific directions in the invite.

Dollar store. You’re throwing a party for football fans, not interior designers, so don’t worry about going to a higher end party store for napkins and decorations. Buy streamers or something similar in the colors of the teams – or just one if everyone is coming to support the same contender – and the cheapest napkins, utensils, and cups you can find. You can even skip cups and utensils altogether if you have enough reusable stuff at home and don’t mind doing lots of dishes. And if you want more “decorations…”

Have people show their colors. In the invite, tell people to wear the colors of their team or jerseys if they have them. You can even have people bring props if they want to. Just using last year’s game as an example, Steeler fans should bring their Terrible Towels and Packers fans should all have Cheeseheads.

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Think filling. Food is where the majority of people end up spending their money for Super Bowl parties, and we tend to overbuy by getting any and everything that sounds good. Your best bet is to look at relatively cheap foods that are filling so that you can focus on just a few things. Some good examples are hot dogs (and cheap buns) for grilling, pizza, hot wings, sandwiches, and filling dips like cheese dips. And you might be tempted to get a wide variety of chips to please everyone, but unless there’s a nice sale, your best bet is to get the economy size of something like tortilla chips. Speaking of…

Watch for sales. Leading up to the big game, grocery store ads will be full of sales on all kinds of “football food,” and might really offer some great bargains – especially on things like beer and food platters.

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Tailgate. One way to really save and involve your guests is to call it a tailgate party. You’ll provide the giant TV and couches, they bring beer and snacks. It can be especially fun if you know people who like to cook because they’ll want to bring their own recipes.

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