The Super Bowl is just a few weeks away and soon millions of people will gather around their big screen TVs with their friends and family to cheer their favorite team to victory. Honestly, the only thing I care about is the food. It's also the only reason I ever get invited to any Super Bowl parties. It doesn't bother me. After all, I am the annoying one who talks throughout the game. :)
3 Tips to Host a Frugal but Fun Super Bowl Parties
Hosting gatherings can quickly get expensive, but these tips can help you rein in the costs and enjoy the the big game, rather than worry about next month's credit card bill.
Limit Your Beverage Options
Your biggest expense is most likely alcohol. Remember, you are not a bar and don't need to serve beer, wine and hard liquor. Pick a few beverages to supply and look for sales. Also consider offering an adult punch. It uses less liquor, and you don't need to use top-shelf liquor for it taste good. Most importantly, if you choose to serve alcohol, be sure no one drives while impaired.
Host an Indoors Tailgate Party & Ask Guests to Bring a Dish
Most guests ask if they can bring something, so say yes. They will not be offended! You know which guests are great cooks and which ones have never stepped foot in their kitchen. Be bold and ask those who can cook to bring appetizers/snacks and sweets and those who don't cook can bring chips, veggie trays and non-alcoholic beverages. Of course, make sure you supply one or two more substantial dishes to round out the food offerings.
Take Advantage of Your Local Dollar Store
Don't spend a fortune on decorations or tableware. While the Super Bowl happens annually, the opposing teams change (hopefully!) every year so avoid buying branded decorations. Instead buy streamers, balloons, plates and silverware in your team (or both teams) colors at the Dollar Store. Clean up will be easy, and it will only cost you a few dollars to make your home look festive.
Bonus Tip: Stock Up on Sale Items
Take advantage of all the sales, regardless of whether you're hosting a gathering. Many stores and manufacturers will have coupons for a variety of popular snack food items from chicken wings to BBQ sauce to chips and salsa. If it's something you regularly eat and has a long shelf-life, stock up while the prices are low.
Crock Pot Kielbasa Bites
This is probably the easiest recipe and it tastes delicious! It's also perfect for parties. It's very portable and will be a big hit at your Super Bowl party or any gathering.
- 2 pounds fully cooked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup chunky unsweetened applesauce
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- red pepper flakes to taste
Lightly coat your crock pot with non-stick spray. Add all the ingredients and stir together. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until heated through. You may want to stir the sausages occasionally. Serves 12.
Recipe from Very Culinary.
Tanya is a freelance writer and web designer. She blogs at Eat Laugh Purr where she enjoys simple pleasures every day. Her life is ruled by a ginger tabby named Max who also meows about his awesomeness on their blog.