With chips flying, drinks flowing and fans screaming, Super Bowl parties are the ideal place to watch the big game. Hosting parties, however, can push the limits of your pocketbook. Here are some ideas for saving some cash without giving up the title of best party host.

Consider buying drinks at Sam's Club or Costco for most bang for your buck. (Gabe Cerritos / The Signpost)
Consider buying drinks at Sam’s Club or Costco for most bang for your buck. (Gabe Cerritos / The Signpost)

Decorations

When it comes to atmosphere, the devil is really in the details. To stand apart from the rest, add a couple easy football-themed decorations to your party space. Grab a green tablecloth and some yellow masking tape from the dollar store. Use a ruler and a sharpie to draw yard lines on the tablecloth, creating your very own in-home football field. The masking tape can be utilized to create a field goal on any open wall.

Food

No Super Bowl party is complete without a good selection of finger foods. Guests want food that they can grab quickly, so they can get back to watching the game. Super Bowl snack staples include chips and dip, meatballs, chicken wings, and a vegetable tray. In order to provide a wide variety while keeping the costs low, consider co-hosting or making the party a potluck event.

Drinks

Keep drinks easy by adding a BYOB (bring your own beverage) line to the invitation. Having guests provide their own beverages ensures that they will have their drink of choice. Of course, always have a couple of two-liters on hand for your more forgetful attendees. If you do choose to provide beverages, consider buying in bulk at Sam’s Club or Costco to get the most bang for your buck. And don’t forget the ice. Aside from the occasional oddball, people generally prefer ice cold drinks. As a bonus, guests will sing your praises if you keep a cooler within arm’s reach of the couch.

By hitting these three key areas, your Super Bowl party is sure to be a success.

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