Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, and with it comes the perfect time to host a party. If you live in a cold weather state, you may be missing having friends over for BBQs and outdoor get togethers. Luckily, Super Bowl Sunday brings all the fun inside.
If you’d like to host a party but worry about your budget, there are some simple foods you can offer that will satisfy your guests without costing you a lot of money. Try these strategies:
1. Source your sandwich breads cheaply.
Sub sandwiches are practically a staple at Super Bowl parties. Did you know that some Jimmy John’s sandwich shops sell their day old bread for 50 cents a loaf? (I’ve heard that some Jimmy John’s shops even give it away for free, just for the asking, but our local one charges 50 cents.) Get your lunch meat and cheese at a larger store like Costco, Sam’s Club or Gordons, and you have the start of a reasonably filling meal for your guests.
2. Plan appetizers around low cost foods.
At Costco you can buy a large, 3 lb. bag of nacho chips for less than $5. Plan a chips and salsa appetizer or a chips and cheese dip appetizer to satisfy your guests without spending a lot. Buy a bag of popcorn kernels and make your own popcorn before the party. This is so easy to do. Just put a half cup of kernels in a small brown paper sack and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. That’s it, and it’s so cheap!
3. Watch the sales.
A week or two before Super Bowl Sunday, many grocery stores will have sales on chips and soda. Stock up when the price is at its lowest. Often you can get a 2 liter of soda for 99 cents.
4. Make your own veggie platters.
Veggie platters at the grocery store are convenient, but they cost a lot. You may pay $20 to $30 for a large veggie platter. Instead, make your own. Visit a discount chain like Aldi or Food4Less to get low cost vegetables. Go for the vegetables that require a minimum amount of preparation such as baby carrots and celery sticks.
5. Make a big batch of chili.
Make a big batch of chili loaded with lots of beans. Not only will this make the meat in the chili stretch further, but the soup, combined with the sandwiches will fill up your guests.
6. Offer a cute, Super Bowl themed dessert.
The food at a Super Bowl party is second to the football action. Dessert doesn’t have to be expensive. Consider making Rice Krispie treats in the shape of a small football for each of the guests. A little white frosting on top can make it look like the strings on a football. Use Coco Krispies to make it brown like the football.
Hosting a Super Bowl party can give you an opportunity to reconnect with friends. Best of all, with these tips and tricks, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
What’s your favorite low cost dish to serve on Super Bowl Sunday?