Thursday, February 3, 2011

Get Your Game On

You don’t need to be a football fan to be excited for the Super Bowl. Whether it’s the commercials or the nonstop beer drinking that gets you going on game day, we happen to be the girls who happily don their oversized men’s jerseys and perch on the couch for all the pre-game nonsense, similar to the red carpet coverage we salivate over each awards show season.

No matter your attachment to the day, we have no doubt that there is one thing we all love to do on a Sunday: host a party.

This Superbowl Sunday, invite your nearest and dearest over for a potluck party with a little football action on the side. Plus, the occasion practically demands a low-key celebration. Think less is more. Here are some of our tips and tricks for keeping costs down when throwing the party of the month:

-       If you’re hosting the party and also contributing a majority of the food, skip buying alcohol. You are a Brooklyn Bitch on a Budget, after all, and you are officially excused from throwing down for the Heinken. Exchange cooking duty for liquor run responsibilities (cook an extra dish in lieu of your friend who will keep you happily buzzed all afternoon), and everybody will be happy.
-       Take a trip to Jack’s 99 Cent Store for paper napkins, plates, and utensils. If you feel like getting fancy, pick up a few spools of ribbon in your team’s colors and tie off your napkins with the silverware inside.
-       Overly protective of your table tops and counter surfaces? Cut circles of Astro Turf to act as makeshift coasters.
-       Instead of going through the inevitable trouble of laundering and cleaning a table cloth that will be stained and ruined by 3pm, purchase a roll of wrapping paper in your team’s colors and use to cover all hard surfaces.
-       Stick with beer and soda. Liquor and juices begin to get expensive, especially when you’re looking to purchase all of the mixers for cocktails of your guest’s choosing. Most Brooklyn supermarkets are offering specials for six packs on Superbowl Sunday, or take the trek to the discount liquor wholesaler near NYU for the cheapest beer deals. If you want to get serious, stock your fridge with Iron City Beer and Green Bay Lager, the official beers for the Steelers and the Packers.
-       In terms of food, the more cheap appetizers, the better. Tortilla chips and salsa, potato chips and onion dip, layered bean/cheese/salsa dip, pretzels, nachos, homemade pizza bagels, Cheese Doodles, wings, and Tyson chicken fingers ensure that your guests will be so full of snacks, there will be no need to prepare a main course.
-       Take a cue from Real Simple, and create a potato bar. All you need? Bake a handful of potatoes (one per guest), set out bowls of cheese, sour cream, butter, chives, chopped red onion, salsa, and jalapeno peppers and allow your friends to make their own. 
-       Re-arrange your living room furniture for prime television viewing. This may mean you have to store things in your room during the big game, but how will you get to watch the Black Eyed Peas otherwise?
-       Don’t have a jersey of your own and set on dressing the part? Luckily for you, there are cheap clothing manufacturers all around the city that are here to help. Most specifically, the K-Mart in Astor Place is offering blow-out sales for apparel from both teams in the Big Game. Visit the Boy’s Department for a jersey that is small enough to still be cute.

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