Throwing a sports party can get pretty expensive. That's especially true when it's a special occasion, like the Superbowl. But there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to keep your costs down!
Here are seven hot tips for saving money when planning your next sports party.
1. Hit the Bulk Retailer
Bulk stores, like Costco or Sam's Club, are amazing resources when you're throwing a sports party. If you have a membership, it's a great way to save money on food and supplies for your next party. You can get tons of snacks, liquor, and beer for way cheaper than you would be able to at a regular grocery store, so it's really a great way to save money.
And, even if you don't have a membership to a bulk retailer, some retailers will allow you to purchase alcohol without a membership. So check out your nearest bulk retailer today!
2. Keep It Simple
Making sure you don't go overboard is an important part of keeping your costs down when throwing a sports party. You don't need a theme, because there already is one, and you don't really need any elaborate decorations.
When you're throwing a sports party, the important aspect of the party is the sport, so why take away from that with other external things? Keeping it simple is a majorly great way to save money when you're throwing a sports party — and it's also a great tip for saving money for any other future parties you may throw!
3. Create a Budget (And Stick to It!)
One of the most important things you can do to save money on your sports party is to create a budget and stick to it as closely as possible. Figure out how much money you can afford to spend on a party and divide it up into the different things you'll need to spend money on (food, alcohol, decorations, etcetera). That way, you'll know in advance specifically how much you'll be able to spend on each aspect of your sports party. Budgeting is a very important life skill, so be sure to start practicing with your next sports party! If you think you are going to be over budget use an app like the Pitch In Club, to see if others would like "pitch in".
4. Stick to Snacks
You don't need to be serving a four-course meal at a sports party. Create a buffet table of snacks so your guests can help themselves! You can also have your party be a snack potluck, to make your occasion even easier. But what snacks should you include? Here are some great snacks you may want to throw out at your next sports party:
- Veggies and dip
- Hummus and pita
- Jalapeno poppers
- Pigs in a blanket
- Chips and salsa
- Buffalo wings
The above are just some suggestions for snacks you can have at your sports party. There are tons of options out there you can try out! Get creative with your array of fabulous snacks, and no one will miss not having a full meal at your next awesome sports party.
5. Limit the Guest List
One of the simplest ways to save money on your sports party is to keep the guest list small. Keep to people who actually like the sport, or who you want to see. You don't need to invite every member of your extended family every time you throw a party, after all!
Put a limit on your guest list based on your estimated budget, so you won't have too much leftover food or drinks. And, it will be easier to not over or underbuy items with a smaller group of people attending. Waste not, want not!
6. Stay at Home
You really don't need to rent out a fancy location for your sports party. As long as you have a TV and the channel that your sports game plays on, you should be able to happily throw your sports party in the privacy of your own home. Just make sure your cable works properly and there's no risk of your power going out on that particular day.
If you're super worried about a power or technical issue happening on the night of your big sports party, you can borrow or buy a generator as a backup in case of an emergency. But really, there is no reason to rent out an expensive location for your sports party, so stay home and save the cash!
7. Get Creative
There are a ton of other, creative ways you can save money when throwing your sports party. You can have your party be B.Y.O.B. party (bring your own booze), or order a keg for an easier and cheaper option! You can also get your friends to pitch in so that you'll be able to splurge more on a variety of fun snacks and drinks for your party. Or, you can throw the party as a group, with everyone doing different duties!
A Sports Party on a Budget Is Still a Great Time
With the above tips, you should be able to throw a sports party without breaking the bank. You and your guests will be able to kick-back, relax, and have a great time watching the game. We hope your team wins the big game!
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