Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away! Football fans will root on their teams, while everyone else watches for the much-anticipated Super Bowl commercials. It’s a time for friends and family to gather, and one of the biggest draws of the Super Bowl scene is the food.
Nearly 70,000 hashtags for #superbowlfood on Instagram highlight what people are serving up on this unofficial holiday. Like any other holiday, the expenses can keep piling up, considering all of the appetizers, decor, the main entree, and of course the drinks. We put together some simple ideas for entertaining a crowd during the Super Bowl, while still staying on budget.
Party Decor and Supplies
Estimated Budget: $10
If you really want to stay on theme, head to your local Dollar Store for decorations. They will have football-inspired serving platters, bowls, cups, signs, and disposable tablecloths to spruce up the party. As the name implies, a Dollar Store definitely won’t break the bank as long as you limit yourself to a budget and item count.
Estimated Budget: $10
An easy way to cut out one of the biggest party expenses is to let your friends know to bring their own alcohol. Make it fun and challenge them to come up with a cool cocktail or find something unique from a local brewery. Save some counter space for a drink station and supply the drinkware, ice, sodas, and garnishes. Make sure there is space in the fridge or cooler for all of the refreshments.
Super Bowl Appetizers
Estimated Budget: $25
Have a few bowls of chips and salty snacks throughout the party. You can find huge sales on family-sized bags all week long leading up to the Super Bowl. This can give everyone something to munch as they arrive. If you’re looking to go beyond just some simple snacking, here are some cheap and delicious appetizers to feed a whole room of football fans.
French Onion Dip: Make an easy french onion dip with Lipton’s French Onion and one 16 oz. containers of sour cream. It’s a crowd favorite and only costs about $3 to make!
Grilled Cheese Bites: Surprise your guests with this classic. All you need is a loaf of bread and a few different kinds of cheese, butter, and spices if you want to add some extra flavor. You can even make the grilled cheeses before guests arrive, pop them in the oven, cut them into quarters and serve. Just one loaf of bread can make about 40 pieces.
Loaded Potato Wedges: A 5 lb bag of potatoes can cost between $2-$4 dollars and can easily satisfy a crowd. Wash potatoes and cut them into wedges. Toss with oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and bake. You can top these wedges with all your favorites like cheese, sour cream, chives, bacon bits, and whatever else you come up with. Check out this basic potato wedge recipe and make it your own!
Main Course for Super Bowl Party
Estimated Budget: $55
We’ve chosen some Super Bowl staples for this section. With these items, you can show off your culinary flair and involve the entire party.
Chili: Chili tops our main course list for many reasons because you can make it in advance, there are 1000’s of variations, and you can involve your party. Nothing says Super Bowl like a hot bowl of homemade chili. Depending on your ingredients the costs can vary, but you can normally make a big pot of chili for around $25. You can also add an extra layer of competition on Super Bowl Sunday by having a couple of people participate in a chili cook off. You can keep score and announce the winner at the end of the game.
Grill Out: No matter what the weather conditions, vow to grill outside. It will be a fun memory and the food will be delicious. Choose from burgers, sausages, or a variety of skewers. Since meat tends to be the most expensive, choose cuts that are on sale and look for coupons. Don’t forget to add some veggies to mix either!
Wings: If you’re kitchen savvy and know how to prepare some mean wings, go for it! Look for sales this week to determine the space and time you will need to feed everyone. Chicken wings on average are about $1.60 per pound with 4-5 wings on average in each pound. If you’re up for the challenge, opt to make your very own wing sauce.
Want the wings but not the stress? Call your local wing spot and see what their special offers are for Super Bowl Sunday. Wing Stop even has an interactive calculator that gives suggestions on what to order and even includes sides.
Estimated budget: $5
You’ve been hosting all day, keep it simple!
Ice Cream: Now is the perfect time to buy that giant tub of ice cream you pass in the grocery store each week. Grab the Neapolitan that includes strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.
Boxed Brownies: Nothing smells better than chocolatey goodness baking in the oven. Quickly mix them up and set them in the oven. Top your brownies with ice cream and if you’re really feeling extra, add some whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Super Bowl Budget Replay
Mix and match these items to find your perfect party budget.
|Decor & Supplies||$10||Plates, Napkins, Football Party Decor|
|BYOB Drinks||$10||Soda, Juice, Ice, 6-pack|
|Appetizers||$15||Chips and Salty Snacks: $6|
French Onion Dip: $3
Grilled Cheese Bites: $6
Loaded Potato Wedges: $8
|Main Entree||$55||Chili: $25|
Meats and Veggies: $55
Homemade Wings: $1.60 per pound
|Desert||$5||Ice Cream and Brownies: $5|
End Super Bowl Sunday Stuffed
Hosting can be fun and stress-free if you have a plan. Remember to ask your friends for help and even appoint a co-host to help in planning and gathering supplies. If you are really in a pinch for cash, get what you need to cover the party from Instacash. Enjoy the game, the commercials, and most importantly your friends and family!