By STEVE NITZ
The NFL season kicked off all the way back on September 8, and it has since blown by quickly.
On Sunday, February 5, it will come to a close when the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest sporting event of the year, and an unofficial national holiday. Friends and family get together to eat good food, have a few adult beverages and just have a good time.
Of course, Super Bowl parties can get expensive. Here are a few ways to have a Super Bowl party, have fun and not spend a fortune.
Host a party and avoid the bars
It’s always tempting to go to a sports bar and take part in what is no doubt a great atmosphere to be in during game day. However, the money spent on food and drinks adds up in a hurry – and don’t forget between the pregame and long halftime show, you could be there awhile.
Have a potluck, with each guests bringing their own dish
Not only is this a positive from a money standpoint, but it also saves you the hassle of cooking countless dishes. It also gives your visitors numerous dishes to choose from, so you won’t run into a situation where guests are unhappy with the food choices.
Another good way to save money, as well as add variety, is to have your guests supply their own alcoholic beverages. As a host, this will not only save you money but also add a good mixture of drinks to the party. It’s possible some of your guests like your basic Budweiser, while others like craft beer, and other guests enjoy wine. This is an opportunity to keep all of our guests pleased.
There’s no need to buy a new TV
Sure, you definitely want to have a nice, big screen TV to show off. However, there’s no need to splurge on one for one night if it’s not something you feel you’re going to put to good use. Instead of buying a new TV, ask guests if they wouldn’t mind lending theirs for the evening. If they’re going to be at your residence anyways, there’s no need to have the TV at home right? Some places also feature TVs that you can rent. There’s also the option of moving multiple TVs into one room to make up for TV size.
If you’re going to order out, make it pizza
If you don’t want to spend the energy and time cooking, pizza is an affordable way to go if you do order out. There’s usually plenty of good pizza deals as well. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about a guest not agreeing with the food choice, as everybody likes pizza.
The Super Bowl is one of the best days of the year if you’re a sports fan, and it’s a fun time even if you’re not. Just make sure to keep the following ideas in mind if you not only want to have a good time, but keep your budget in check as well.