If your house is one of the many that enjoys watching football, you know how expensive it can get to have friends and family over the watch the games all the time. The Superbowl is the biggest game of the year, and so it is expected that there are special foods and beverages. If you are hosting or attending a Superbowl party here are some things to keep in mind to help you stay within your budget and still have a great spread to serve:
- Plan your guest list now - knowing how many people to expect will help you get a better idea of how much to buy.
- Plan your menu - write down a list of food and drinks that you want to have and then assign each person/family to bring part of that list so you are not stuck footing the bill for everything. If you don't want to assign out the food and drinks, have them each chip in money to help pay for it.
- Shop the sales leading up to the Superbowl. If you know you will want chips, hotdogs, soda and other things that will keep for a few weeks, look for them on sale now so that you can get them at a cheaper price.
- Use coupons. If you come across something that is a great price, check to see if you have a coupon or can get a coupon to use with it to make it even cheaper.
- Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty - baking that is! If you can make something cheaper than you can buy it, get the satisfaction that will come from knowing you made it on your own and don't be afraid to show off your cooking and baking skills.
- Serve the food in waves. If you put it all out at once, it tends to get picked over and then halfway through the game, they are wanting more snacks, but all that is left are half eaten trays of food from earlier. Serve a new group of snacks and drinks with each quarter and your food will go longer and it will be more fun.
What other ideas do you have to throw a Superbowl party on a budget?