Tips For Hosting A Tailgate Party On A Budget
Football season is gearing up and I bet you are looking forward to all the yummy tailgate foods and fun times cheering your team on.
How can you host an awesome tailgate party at home when you are on a budget? In this post, I will share some tips to having the best “game” when it comes to budget tailgate party planning!
Make sure you get everyone invited in on the action. The point of tailgating is to have a community football event, right? Make your party like a potluck and ask everyone to bring something.
If you want to do something extra special like smoking a large cut of meat, but don’t have the money to buy the equipment needed, consider borrowing or even renting it.
If you must have decorations, do something cheap like streamers in the opposing teams colors. Don’t waste cash on buying expensive officially licensed products. Anyone who loves their team, knows their colors!
If you will be having kids around for the party, avoid paying for babysitters by creating a kids only space and checking in on them. You could set up a simple area for crafts, movies ect and ask a responsible older child to keep an eye on the younger ones in exchange for a movie later on.
Make sure you use coupons for all those snack you will need. There are so many coupons out there for junk food, there is no reason to pay full price for them. You can check out available coupons in our coupon database, the latest printable coupons here, or from coupons.com
If you are going to allow alcohol at your party, make it a strict rule that everyone brings their own. Also, have a backup plan for those that cannot drive so everyone gets home safe.
No matter how tempting, don’t use plastic plates and utensils. It may save you time, but they can quickly add up in cost.
There are many snacks you can do that don’t break the bank. Try air popped popcorn, generic chips, even fruit punch rather than soda. Don’t feel the need to go crazy overboard on snacks. If everyone brings something, you will most likely have more than enough. I have a list of 10 easy game day appetizers here that you can browse and find a great recipe for your party!
Don’t always play host. If you do regular parties with friends, ask that you do a rotating hosting schedule so you can all keep costs lower.
Keep your guest list down. You can still have an awesome party with just a few close friends.
Enjoy your party and have fun!