How to Host a Superbowl Party on the Cheap

by Mike on January 27, 2012

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The Super Bowl is just around the corner and if your house is about be invaded by party-goers, you might be worried about what hosting a huge party is going to cost you.

Potlucks and BYOB are always a good way to host a party on the cheap, but if you want to keep the burden off of your guests, here are a few way to keep the costs down on the food, decor and entertainment.

1. Food

A Super Bowl party is one event where you can get away with serving cheap food. Fact of the matter is, most people aren’t looking for prime rib. They want salty chips and cold beer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few things that are easy to make and cost less than $5 each:

Deviled Eggs – Less than $3,00

Bag of Chips & Salsa – $4.00-$5.00

Vegetarian Chili – Around $5.00 for 8 servings (Add another $3.00 if you want the ground beef)

Carryout Pizza – $5.00 for a Large 1-Topping at places like Little Caesars & Hungry Howies

2. Decor

The elaborate, Martha Stewart-like decorations that adorn some football parties are fun, but truth be told, most folks won’t miss them. Save a few bucks and skip out on all of the team decor and football shaped piรฑatas.

If you’re insistent on decorating, a couple rolls of streamers in your favorite team’s color can go a long way to transforming a room. And if you’re feeling REALLY creative, decorating the party food can be a fun, cheap way to add some life to your party. Check out this massive football stadium we found made out of Doritos, Twinkies and Guacamole. LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s brought to you by the fine folks over at and here are the step-by-step directions if you want to make your own.

Superbowl chip dip

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3. Entertainment

Once the game starts, all eyes will be on the TV, but try adding a little bit of entertainment to keep your guests engaged and socializing. Here are a couple of ideas…

  • Start a friendly pool on which team will win how large the spread will be. I recommend setting a house maximum of $20 a person so that it doesn’t get out of control.
  • Have all your guests guess how many beer commercials will air during the Super Bowl and send the winner home with a bottle of liquor.
  • The folks over at suggest putting together Superbowl Commercial Bingo. They advise you to “create or purchase 5 x 5 bingo cards. Each card must be unique for each player. Play the game like traditional bingo, but the squares on the bingo card will be based on things you will see in commercials during the Super Bowl. Some suggestions include: Pizza Delivery Guy, Kick to the Groin, Soda Commercial, Talking Babies, Movie Trailer, GPS Commercial, or CarInsurance Commercial. Any five squares in a row represent a Bingo win.”
For some more ideas on how to mix it up with sports betting, check out this article “What is Spread Betting” for some tips.

Have fun everyone!!

*Superbowl party photo by jasonlam on flickr*

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1 supergnes apk July 21, 2012 at 4:44 am

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2 Amanda L Grossman February 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Deviled eggs are a great, frugal option!

Also, for entertainment you could set up a good ol’ game of tabletop football like in highschool:).

3 Andi @MealPlanRescue January 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I love the twinkie stadium. We always do BYOB because my husband drinks beer so dark it should be in an Edgar Allan Poe story, and we live in the IPA capital of the universe, so BYOB cuts down on how many six packs we have to buy. Also, he’s assured that no one will take his beer.

4 Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter January 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

That is very cool food art. Very creative.

Great tips. We usually do a pot luck which works well. I always like trying others recipes.

5 101 Centavos January 30, 2012 at 6:34 am

Very creative, both the article and the Twinkie stadium.

6 Marissa @ Thirtsyixmonths January 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I always volunteer to host if everyone else brings the snacks/beer. This was I have to do is clean up after.

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