Bring the energy of the stadium home by using team colors to set the scene. Hang team pennants or banners around your party area, and ask guests to come dressed up as their favorite players. If you have a shady yard (or the game is at night), move the game outdoors with a screen you can make yourself after a trip to the hardware store (OK, the projector will send you over $100).
No tailgate is complete without good food and drink, and you’ll find savings by focusing your menu on foods you can make in large quantities. This fruity sangria is great for a crowd, especially when served in a cooler emblazoned with your team's logo. Make your own with a plain beverage cooler for $20 and stickers with your team’s logo. With access to electricity, opt for money-saving meals like Frito pie and sloppy Joes, which you can have keeping warm in the crockpot while you catch up with friends outdoors.