Even if your favorite team did not make it through the playoffs, hosting a big game watch party is always a good time—no matter your budget.
By Bitsy McCann
Whether you are more interested in the game or the commercials, the big game is the perfect occasion to gather with friends and family. If the holidays cleared out your bank account, do not worry there are many ways you can cut costs while hosting a big game party on a budget. Also, if you need tips for getting back on track after holiday spending, click here.
Here are some of the top ways you can spend less during your football celebration:
BYO-Everything. This option continues to grow in popularity for those with budget constraints, dietary requirements and personal preferences. Have your guests bring what they are planning to drink and encourage everyone to bring their favorite big game appetizer. You can provide a few drink options and two or three appetizers but count on your crew to bring the rest.
Co-host the party. Instead of having everyone contribute their favorite dish or drink, consider a co-host or two. You can split costs on what you need so you do not have to carry the entire financial load yourself. Plus, friends and family always love to be included. This is an easy way to get people involved (which will make them feel good) while saving some money (which will make you feel good).
Keep your circle small. If you must host this party solo, limit your guest list. Fewer guests reduces the impact on your budget. Plus, the more intimate your party, the more time you will spend with your guests.
Do not decorate. Your guests are there for the food, drinks, commercials, and of course, the game. Skip decorating altogether and pocket that cash.
Use real dishes. We already know what you are thinking. Yes, washing and drying dishes takes time, but in the end will save you money. Disposable plates, platters, cups and silverware are not nearly as inexpensive as they used to be. Skip the throwaways and use the dishes you already have. If you decide to co-host your party, ask your fellow party planner to help wash and dry as needed.
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