How to throw an affordable Super Bowl party

The Super Bowl is right around the corner and the question remains, will you be hosting the game day party or attending one? While watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant can be fun, it can also get expensive. If you're on a budget or just prefer to stay in this Super Bowl Sunday, here are some tips on how to throw an affordable Super Bowl party.

Super Bowl party food

One word: potluck. If you’re offering your home to friends and family to watch the game, asking them to bring an appetizer or dish isn’t an outlandish request. With everyone pitching in, you’re sure to get a nice variety of foods that will make everyone happy. Simple, crowd pleasing dishes include:

  • Chili
  • Cheese and cracker tray
  • Veggie and dip tray
  • Buffalo chicken dip
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Chicken wings
  • Nachos

These snacks are great because they’re inexpensive to make and can be thrown together in a crockpot, a casserole dish, or assembled on a plate or baking tray. To save even more, check your favorite grocery store’s weekly ad for specials before the big game. This way you can plan your menu accordingly.

Super Bowl decoration ideas

You don’t have to spend a lot on decorating your home for game day. Pick up football themed party supplies and decorations at retailers like Walmart or Michaels. Welcome guests into your home with football plates, balloons, tablecloths, napkins and more. For those of you who want to show off your favorite team or who you’re rooting for in the Super Bowl, update your entryway with an NFL team doormat or dress your pet in a fitted jersey from Lowe’s NFL Fan Shop.

Super Bowl party games

The beauty of throwing your own Super Bowl party is inviting all of your loved ones to join in the fun. Most parties have a nice mix of people who are invested in the game and those who are there to spend time with friends. To ensure an enjoyable time for all, have a few party games lined up so your guests can take a break from the action. A few game ideas are:

Create your own halftime show

This is a fun idea if children will be at your Super Bowl party. Have the kids write down their favorite songs or put kid-friendly songs onto pieces of paper and place them in a bowl. When halftime rolls around, have the kids pick a piece of paper from the bowl and have them put on a show!

Football trivia

Perfect during commercial breaks, ask football related trivia questions to your guests to test their knowledge. Questions can be anything from Which team has the most Super Bowl wins? to Name that Mascot.

Football bingo

Type this term into your preferred search engine and find free downloadable card templates. Or, hand out pieces of paper and pens to your guests so they can create their own.

Tabletop football

To play this game, all you need is a piece of paper and your hands. Fold a piece of paper into the shape of a football and flick it across a table. Try and get the “ball” just over the edge of the end of the table and then get your fingers ready for the field goal kick!

Flag football

What better way to start the party then to play a game of flag football! Invite friends and family over an hour or two before kickoff and enjoy a little competition. Or, if you ate more chips and dip than you planned, playing a quick round after the game can help you shake off that heavy food feeling.

In short, if the cost of a get-together has left you hesitant, you can throw an affordable, fun and memorable Super Bowl party using any of the tips provided here.