While the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos face off on the gridiron at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, you need to make sure you’re throwing a touchdown-worthy Super Bowl Party. Even though this is Super Bowl 50, it doesn’t mean you have to fumble your budget. Check out some of these great tips to host the ultimate Super Bowl party on a budget.
Go for the Assist
Enlist a Co-Host to help out with the planning and expenses. Not only will it alleviate some of the stress associated with planning, but the financial stress will be lessened as well.
Put On Your Jersey and Rep Your Team
Skip the expensive party stores and snag some balloons, plates and utensils at your local dollar store. The colors you’ll be going for are black, blue and silver (Carolina Panthers) or orange and blue (Denver Broncos). Despite what Pinterest would lead you to believe, you do not have to create AstroTurf coasters. Forget about buying an expensive NFL jersey and opt for the cheaper alternative of making your own.
Super Bowl Eats
Besides the game, food is the most important aspect of a game day party. The majority of your budget should go towards food and drink. A good way to save money is to either provide appetizers or an entrée; you don’t have to do both. Don’t forget that “teamwork makes the dream work,” so you can always opt for a potluck style event. However, if you’re wanting to get creative with your food, check out some of these easy and inexpensive themed recipes.
- North Carolina Fruit Skewers: since strawberries and blueberries are North Carolina’s state berries, assemble some berry skewers.
- Pulled Pork Sliders: this Carolina BBQ specialty will be a big hit and super easy to whip up in the crock pot.
- Breakfast of Champions: Put together biscuits and gravy, a Carolina staple, on one end of the table with the Denver classic, the Denver Omelet, on the opposing end.
Raising the Bar
Football fans don’t live on food and TV alone. If you cannot afford to provide libations for your guests, make it BYOB. Or instead of having your bar stocked, have two themed drinks and beers available. For example, you can make an Orange Crush for your Bronco fans and Carolina Iced Tea for your Panther fans.
For the times when you’re not all huddled in front of the TV, you’ll want some fun games to play. Some of these just require paper and a printer.
- Super Bowl Prediction Prop Pool: Print copies and have your guests fill them out before the game.
- Super Bowl Bingo: Look for certain companies or images during halftime commercials or during the game like a face-painted fan, cheerleaders, a timeout, etc.
- Super Bowl Charades: Use words like touchdown, cheerleader or helmet when playing.
- Printable Football Coloring Pages: For any kids that need some extra stimulation.
The Super Bowl may be a big game, but that doesn’t have to equal big spending.
– By Lana Evans, Editor