My husband has been really involved in sports watching this year, and more than any other year I have ever known him. It’s like a professional football player came to him in the middle of the night and bit him in the butt and gave him some kind of football fever. Seriously! We moved right after the season started to a bigger home, so I knew he would want to entertain friends and family, especially during the Big Game once it came around. Well, the time is almost here, so for me, that means it’s time to plan the food menu! What are some great ideas and recipes for a football party, you ask? Well, let me show you some frugal and easy tips!
I have thrown about a dozen parties since Christmas, and with that, I have learned a ton of things to keep it easy on my time and budget. I love to entertain, but I do not like to spend a lot of money and time doing it. I live a busy life and want to find great ways to keep things as simple as possible! I feel like I did that with this here football party spread here!
Easy & Frugal Football (Big Game) Party Tips
1. Plan an easy, balanced, frugal menu
For my Big Game party, I picked up some pre-made Red Baron frozen pizzas. Not only are they delicious, but you can pop them in the oven right as the guests arrive and you don’t have to worry about slaving in the kitchen while everyone mingles. You can mingle too!
Red Baron has a ton of crusts and topping varieties, so you can meet the tastebud needs of every guest of your party. Not only are they tasty, but they’re a great price too.
For dessert I picked up a delicious Edwards Creme pie. They come frozen, so all you have to do is put it out on your party spread and it will be ready to go when dessert time comes!
I got the Red Baron pizzas and the Edwards Pie at Target! Right now, you can save 5% on Red Baron pizza when you use their Cartwheel app. Score!
2. Prep for party spread ahead of time! To balance everything out, I made this walking salad tray ahead of time, so I could focus on getting the house cleaned and ready for guests. This walking salad tray is not only frugal, but so easy to prep in advance!
On my salad tray I have 2 bags of butter greens (it’s a type of really yummy lettuce), shredded cheese, sliced mushrooms, sliced peppers (red, yellow, orange), croutons, and I made Italian dressing from a seasoning packet.
I also have frozen peas (they will thaw when it’s time to eat), drained canned chickpeas, sliced hardboiled eggs, and ranch dressing from a season packet. I found some cute containers at a party store for a buck to put themed forks and white napkins in for easy guest access.
3. Buy cheap party supplies. You can find most of your party supplies at a dollar store and even sometimes cheap at your big box stores too. The football themed plates and napkins I found for less than a buck, as well as a set of forks too. The bowls I used for my walking salads I found at my local party store for less than $3 bucks for a set of 8. They fit perfectly in my theme, and are perfect to hold my guest’s salads!
What’s a walking salad, you ask? Well, it’s basically a salad in some type of container that’s easy to hold with one hand so you can hold your fork in another. A lot of people who go to parties tend to stand and eat, so having a walking salad helps cut down on messes and trying to balance a large, flimsy plate in your hand while trying to stab a salad with a fork. I got this idea after seeing walking tacos at local fairs. You can stand, walk and eat, all at the same time!
If you really wanted to, you could eat your slice of pizza without a plate by eating it with one hand, so that could save you even more money on party supplies! A salad is always a nice addition to any pizza, so it’s nice to keep it as convenient as possible.