I'm not exactly an uber football fan...but I AM a fan of parties...so bring on Superbowl XLV! :-)
Here are some really inexpensive ideas and you probably have most of these things already at your casa!
#1: For a table runner/table cloth....use black paper & draw plays on them with chalk. You could also go to your local school supply store & get a piece of green paper cut to your table dimensions. (My mom's a teacher & she said it's around $0.75/yard or so...SCORE!) On the green paper, draw a football field in chalk.
#2: Serving Dishes - Use plain white dishes, but use ribbon in the different team colors to spice the dishes up. (see pic below) You could also get some little numbers (felt or iron on) that correspond with the popular players & decorate the bowls/plates. (BONUS: By finding out which players are the most popular & what they're numbers are...you will impress the socks off your man! :p)
#3: Want some fun, cheap-o koozies? Take some of those striped knee-high socks & cut the bottom portion off...voila...koozie & you've saved someone the embarrassment of wearing those in public. (No offense if you have a pair...or two...I just have traumatic childhood memories of my dad wearing those, along with short shorts when I was in elementary school....in the 80s. My dad is the best, but not the best fashion sense)
#4: Have a little more time on your hands & want some budget-friendly coasters? Go to Home Depot or Lowes & buy a little bit of that fake grass...cut some circles out of it...and you have authentic turf coasters!
This is, in my opinion, one of the BEST Superbowl recipes ever! It transforms the football favorite fare of wings (say that three times fast...and no, I'm not really sure that makes sense) & makes it into a dip. Trust me...you will have no leftovers.
It's got a really complicated name, too...
Wing Dip :-)
3 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Cream Cheese (8 oz)
Blue Cheese/Ranch Dressing (8oz) I personally like the Ranch
1 to 1/2 tbs. of Franks Buffalo Sauce (depending on your preference)
8oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil/cook chicken & shred. Place chicken aside. Mix softened cream cheese & dressing (ranch or blue cheese) together until well blended. Add Franks Buffalo Sauce to the chicken & coat. Spread chicken into a 9x11 glass baking dish. Cover the chicken layer with the cream cheese & dressing mixture. Spread the cheese over the top. Cook for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese starts to bubble.
Serve with Tostitos chips or whatever you prefer! :-)
A desert item you can make that is easy, cheap & everyone loves...
Just make the brownies from the box mix, bake them, then once they're cool, cut them into football shapes (tip: get the more cake-like brownies so you can cut them easier). Use some white icing on the football shapes to represent the seams.
Superbowl Commercial Rating -
Who does not love the superbowl commercials? All-time favorite one from last year...two words....Betty. White. :-)
Give your guests some paper & pen & have them rate each commercial throughout the game. At the end, tally the ratings up to determine the favorite commercial. It will be fun to see how it stacks up the next day with the rest of the worlds.
Players Number Lottery -
Place the numbers of the players that will have an opportunity to score during the game in a hat/bowl. As the guests arrive, have them draw a number or two. If their player scores during the game, give them a little prize.