The Ten Party Project will be just as it sounds: I’ll host ten parties in 2010. The parties will range from small dinners to a giant New Year’s bash. All will have similar set-ups including: invitations, entertainment, food, décor, and budget. I’ll recap (and sometimes plan) them here on the blog with full budget breakdowns.
To begin my 2010 goal of hosting ten parties, I decided to go with something small and casual. My alma mater, University of Texas, was in the BCS Championship so finding a reason to celebrate was easy!
BCS Championship Football Viewing Party
For this low-key event, invites were given through a mix of text messages and emails. Invitations went out less than a week prior to the event.
The football game provided all of the entertainment for the evening.
To keep costs low, the menu was simplified to three drink options (Coke, Dr. Pepper, or water), two snacks (chips & queso or Nacho Cheese Doritos), one main dish (taco soup) and one dessert (chocolate football cupcakes).
Friends got a kick out of using actual bench seats while they watched the game.
I didn’t purchase any decorations for this event. To set the mood, we wore our team’s colors (UT) and set out a few football seats. In addition, I used a little leftover white frosting to create stitching on the cupcakes for a football-like effect.
Tortilla Chips $2.50
Velveeta Cheese $3.69
Rotel (owned can)
Dr. Pepper $1.49
Taco Seasoning (owned package)
Veggie Ground Beef $1.78 (with coupon)
Black Beans $.62
Green Beans $.63
Pinto Beans $.53
Diced Tomatoes $.75
ake Mix $1.00
Eggs, oil (owned)
Grand Total: $19.88 (less than a dinner out for the two of us)
$19.88/ 6 people = $3.33/ person
Lessons learned: I’m going to try and prepare a bit more for the next party. Although I’ve made cupcakes a million times, with the hectic cleaning frenzy that Nate and I were in, I left a batch in too long and they ended up overcooked. In addition to that happening, the melted white chocolate I was planning on using for the football stitching wasn’t melting and the garbage disposal ended up backing up at the last minute. Going with a small, low-key party as the first was a great idea!
Thankfully, he was able to fix the problem!
Also, I’m going to look at buying less expensive snacks for the next party. If Nate didn’t need those Nacho Cheese Doritos and I didn’t have a craving for Velveeta queso, we could have saved a bit by going with an alternative snack or off-brand.
Anyone planning a Super Bowl Party? Have any ideas for parties you think I should do this year?
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*Before you ask... yes, we lost.