How to Host a $30 Baseball Tailgate Party

by Lynn Lilly, Apr 06 2016

Yes, you read the title right. I am going to show you how to host a baseball themed tailgate for under $30.... $29.49 to be exact! I love hosting parties but they sure do get expensive. I have become pretty thrifty so I can continue to host parties for every occasion. Let me share my thrifty party hostess magic....

Baseball Tailgate


  • Get used to going to your local dollar store
  • Save left over items after each party
  • But standard party essentials year round when you see them on sale
  • Get creative and think outside of the box. Think about ways you can use items you already have.

Decorations: $7

  • We purchased plates, napkins, construction paper, utensils from the dollar store
  • I had tissue paper, string and scrap ribbon at home.
  • I purchased baseball themed scrapbook paper at Michaels
  • I used items like tin buckets, a homemade cake stand (plastic plate and cup glued together), serving dishes, a painted terra cotta pot and red solo cups
  • I cut out letters to make labels with ribbon
  • I glued baseball themed scrapbook paper to the bottom of my clear plates
  • I painted a mason jar I had at home to display the utensils
  • I jazzed up the paper cups with ribbon and construction paper baseballs
  • I made a sign for the ball park crunch with construction paper and put it in a frame I had at home. 

Baseball Tailgate

Baseball Tailgate

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Baseball Party

Food: $18.89
  • I went with mostly dried stacks. I got the following from my dollar store: baking chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, cheese puffs, crackers, potato skin chips, nacho chips, peanuts, bubble gum, white loaf bread, hot sauce and cookie mix. 
  • I used one of my home organizers from deflecto to create a DIY snack station.
  • I made ball park crunch by drizzling pre-popped popcorn with chocolate and mixing it with some left over peanut butter candy I had from Easter.
  • I whipped up the the cookie mix from the dollar store by just adding water and butter. They actually taste really good!
  • I also made beer & bacon cheese spread and mini beer & bacon grilled cheese sandwiches.  The recipe for both is below. I had to pick up the majority of the ingredients for these items from the grocery store. 



Snack Mix

Beer & Bacon Cheese Spread


  • 1lb of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup of bacon bits
  • 3 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground red pepper*
  • 1/2 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 1 12 ounce beer*

*I had these items at home


  1. Used a stand up electric mixer to beat together cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, garlic, onion, red pepper and hot sauce until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Keep the mixer running on a low speed and slowly add the beer.
  3. Mix until the spread is creamy. 
  4. Place the spread in a covered container and refrigerate for 2 hours. 

Once your dip has chilled for 2 hours you can serve it with crackers or make grilled cheese! If you want to make grilled cheese, butter the outside of a pieces of bread. Fill with a layer of the dip and make a sandwich with the buttered side facing outward. Grill sandwiches on the stove top!

Bacon Beer & Cheese Spread

 Bacon & Beer Grilled Cheese

Drink, Pitchers Punch: $3.69


  • 1 gallon pink lemonade (grocery store)
  • Vodka*
  • Guava juice (dollar store)
  • Lemon lime soda (dollar store)

To make a punch that serves approximately 10 people..... 

Mix 1 gallon pink lemonade, 1 bottle of vodka, 1 12 ounce can of guava juice and 2 12 ounce cans of lemon lime soda. Serve over ice. 

Alcoholic Punch

Remember, with a little bit of creativity you can still be the hostess with the mostess! 

Happy Tailgating! 

xoxo- LL


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