Friday, January 31, 2014

Are you ready for some football (on a budget)?

The Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday night. Is anyone ready? Well, I don't really care for football that much but my hubby does. I will watch it once in a while with him and root for his team. Other than that it is usually minimal. I think people take sports way too seriously. My hubby is great about it though. If it is a nice day out and football is on but the boys want to play, out he goes. Making memories is way more important than the scoreboard. But, we do enjoy watching the big game together each year.

Today I am sharing ways to have a Super Bowl party on a budget. Hubby and I are not having our annual party this year because, well frankly we just didn't feel like it. LOL! But, we usually have friends and family over for some fun. We make it a kid-friendly event since we have little ones who enjoy playing with other kids. It also helps the grown-ups to not have to fit the bill for a sitter ;-)

So here are some ideas for throwing an awesome Super Bowl party on a budget:

1. Make the party a potluck- have everyone bring their favorite snack dish to share.

2. Make the party BYOB- whether it's soda, beer, or juice for the kids.

3. Don't go all out on decorations- sure it looks nice and makes you feel good, but will it really matter to the party guests if you forgo the streamers? Get some football napkins, plates, and cups (at the Dollar Store). That's all you need.

4. Make something in the slow cooker- I usually make cheese dip (I will share my recipe below). This not only saves money (because it feeds a crowd) but it saves time.

5. Have coloring books, crayons, board games, and a movie ready for the little ones. This way they can be occupied while you enjoy rooting for your team.

6. If you feel it necessary, hire a teenager (maybe from church or a neighbor) and have everyone pool in money. Have the babysitter keep an eye on the littles so you can spend time with your guests and it's affordable since everyone is chipping in.

Here is my recipe for Cheese Dip:

1 lb. ground beef, browned
1 jar salsa or 1 can Rotel
1 block Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 small can green chilies (for that extra kick)

Put all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. During the actual game turn the slow cooker to the warm setting. Serve with tortilla chips.

Your guests will absolutely love this dip. Do you have a go-to Super Bowl recipe that can feed a crowd? Please share your recipes below. I would love to try some of them out.

What will you be doing this year for the big game? We are staying home and having a Jensen Family Super Bowl party (where the kids go to bed at half time and the grown-ups stay up late and eat all the leftovers).

Have a blessed weekend with whatever you do!!



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