Thrifty Super Bowl Parties (GO HAWKS!)

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
January 22, 2015

Now that we’ve all recovered from the NFC Championship game—and our collective region-wide heart attack has given way back to our normal pulse and calmed breathing—let’s talk about planning a Super Bowl party.

Since this is our third trip to the Super Bowl, we’re definitely getting the hang of throwing twelves-themed parties. This being Seattle, the land of eco-friendliness, we’ve got a few tips for how you throw an awesome, budget-conscious, and eco-friendly Super Bowl party (heretofore referred to as the “SBP”).

Tip #1: Make sure you have enough seating.
One of the biggest SBP blunders that happens at parties across the country is the lack of seating. While we do live in a city full of amped-stand-the-whole-game fans, make sure there’s enough seating to go around. If you don’t have enough seating for the people you invited, try to find some thrifted big throw pillows for the floor, or some camping chairs to add seats.

Tip #2: Thrift your décor.
Nothing quite completes the feel of a Super Bowl party like the team-themed décor—and it doesn’t have to be expensive—and it doesn’t need to be something that’ll wind up as more waste. You can find blue and green textiles and table clothes to decorate your party-throwing space—as well as serving platters and bowls for the food spread at many of our twenty-four stores.

Tip #3: Make your food, rather than ordering it—or have it potluck-style.
One way to cut back on waste is to make your own food, or have your guests bring their favorite dishes. This reduces the use of waste-producing things like to-go boxes and plastic bags—and gives you the opportunity to show off your culinary skills! (Or learn some culinary skills…) If you don’t have the right item to achieve your food goals—like a slow cooker for that pulled pork, or additional baking sheets for the mass production of nachos—check the shelves at Goodwill! Pro-tip: Potluck-style parties will also reduce the number of dishes YOU have to wash at the end of the night.

Tip #4: Ditch the plastic ware.
We know that SBPs can be tough to clean up after—and in an instance like this, consider recyclable and compostable paper plates/cups. Another way is to reduce the use of non-recyclables like plastic ware and stock up on (reusable) forks, knives, and spoons inexpensively from Goodwill! They don’t take up much space, so they can be stored and reused for future parties.

Tip #5: Clean green.
Leave the one-off cleaning supplies on the shelf at the store, and avoid the harsh chemicals. You can stock-pile things like bar mops and kitchen towels from Goodwill, and then use effective household cleaners like baking soda (deodorizes!) and white vinegar (disinfects!). Goodwill also carries a variety of new household cleaning supplies like sponges and scrub brushes.

In an upcoming blog, we’ll share some of our favorite Seahawks-themed Super Bowl party snack recipes—so stay tuned! (And tune in on Facebook for our Twelve Days of 12th Man!)

(Bonus tip: All of the items in the images here were on the shelves at our Seattle Flagship store on 1/21/2015—they may still be there if you hurry in!)


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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