5 Tips for Throwing a Great (and Cheap) Party for the Big Game

5 Tips for Throwing a Great (and Cheap) Party for the Big GameWith the Big Game approaching this Sunday, you may be thinking of hosting a party but you’re not sure about the costs involved. If you feel that way, there’s no need to hesitate! Throwing a great party for the Big Game doesn’t have to be expensive. With these 5 tips, you can host a enjoyable party without going into debt.

#1. Food: Make it a potluck. Food is an essential component at any party, but it’s a key part of enjoying the Big Game. Personally, I feel it’s totally acceptable to ask people to bring an appetizer to the party. Not only will it take the financial burden off of you, it will provide a wide assortment of delectable treats for people to try. Note: I recommend that the host provides the main dish. My favorite options are chili and pulled pork sandwiches, as these are tasty crock pot dishes that can be prepared ahead of time.

#2. Entertainment: Play games.  To keep even the non-football enthusiasts entertained, there are some fun games everyone can play as you watch the Big Game.

  • Squares – Nothing gets people going like the chance to win some money. In short, grab a piece of paper and make 100 (10 x 10 rows/columns) squares and put the competing team names and numbers 0-9 on each side. Then people “buy” however many squares they want and then choose their preferred squares. After the end of each quarter, whoever has the square matching the last number in each of the teams’ score wins a portion of the pot. Click here for full details.
  • Pick a player – Write down all of the key players’ names and put them in a hat. Have each person put in a certain dollar amount into the pot and then draw a name. At the end of the Big Game, the person who drew the winning MVP will win the pot.
  • Host MVP awards – You can nominate people for categories like “Worst Joke,” “Worst Behavior,” “Best Behaved,” “Heisman Trophy Snack Winner,” “Fewest Party Fouls,” and “Worst Party Fumble.” You can also get creative and make your own!

#3. Invitations: Use free online sources to invite your guests. Don’t waste money on printing and mailing out invitations. Stick to free online methods such as Paperless Post or Evite to invite your guests. Not only are they mostly free, but each provides an RSVP feature so you’ll be able to track whose coming.

#4. Supplies: Check out the dollar store for supplies and utensils.  “Dollar stores” can be great resources for items such as paper plates, napkins, utensils, and even decorations. You may even be able to find themed items ready for the Big Game or at least items in the teams’ colors.

#5. Beverages: Make the party BYOB (bring your own beverage). Since it can be tricky to provide beverages to please every palate, ask your guests to bring a beverage of their choice. As the host, you should also provide some drink options – or at least make sure there’s enough ice for everyone. For people buying soda, stick to the 2-liter bottles which tend to be cheaper than cans, while iced tea brewed yourself can be a cheap option as well. If buying beer, it’s typically cheaper if it’s purchased from a liquor store rather than the grocery store. In general, try to make your beverage purchases at least one week in advance of the Big Game to take advantage of cheaper prices.

Do you have any suggestions or recipes that you use to keep your party for the Big Game enjoyable and inexpensive? Please share them with us in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!

Football Themed Cheese Tray image courtesy of Triple Tri.