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6 ways to throw a game-day party on a budget

6 ways to throw a game-day party on a budget

It’s your turn to host the gang to watch the big game. And whether it’s football or basketball, pro or college, you can throw a great game-day bash without breaking the bank.

1. Ask your friends to RSVP

One easy way to save money is to avoid preparing food and drinks for 35 people when only 15 guests are actually coming. A little extra is OK, but over-preparing too much is a waste of food and money. Ask your friends to RSVP in advance so you can accurately prepare.

2. Let guests bring drinks

When it comes to beverages, asking friends to bring what they prefer is totally acceptable for a game-day bash. They won’t balk at picking up a 6-pack of soda or beer, or even a bottle of wine. If your guests will be supplying all the needed soft drinks, maybe you can provide one or two liquors and fix some team-themed cocktails. (Please drink responsibly.)

3. Make it pot luck

Asking a few guests to bring easy pot-luck items (chips and dip, cheese and crackers, brownies) can load up your table with yummy sides or desserts, allowing you to focus on main items.

4. Try Subway® catering

Sandwich Platters from Subway are perfect for hungry crowds. Sandwich Platters from Subway are perfect for hungry crowds. (Photo: Subway®)

Did you know there are several awesome party-food choices at Subway restaurants, like Giant Subs built from the bread up (allow 24 hours), platters stacked with your favorite sandwiches, freshly baked cookie platters and more. Need it quick? Call 877-360-CATER(2283) or order online.

5. Add your own entertainment

For guests who might not be as into the game as everyone else, try bingo! Make up bingo cards filled with words related to the game, and have players mark the cards as they hear the words. First person to fill a sheet wins.

6. Save on decorations

Skip the team-themed decorations, which can be more expensive, and opt for sports-themed decor instead. Skip the team-themed decorations, which can be more expensive, and opt for sports-themed decor instead. (Photo: Arina P Habich/Shutterstock)

One way to save some serious money is to buy generic decorations rather than team-specific, which often cost significantly more due to licensing. Plus, they could be used for future parties, too, so your investment lasts longer.

There will be enough team-specific colors at the party courtesy of the guests wearing jerseys — not to mention the face-painters. There’s bound to be one or two, right?

Top Image Credit: ©Sean Locke/Stocksy United

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