Looking for party finger foods on a budget? Hosting a party can be expensive, so here are some tips, ideas, and recipes for entertaining on a budget.
Budget Finger Food Ideas For Your Party!
Party Finger Food Ideas On A Budget
So we all know that parties are fun, right? But in planning all that fun, the bills can add up. But, my dear readers, there are ways we can cut those costs with just a little bit of prep and planning! They might all seem like little small savings but wow, those savings ADD UP!!
The Planning Part of the Party!
Ok, obviously you need to plan, I know. But, knowing how much money can be spent vs knowing what is actually needed for the party really helps prevent blowing a bunch of money that you didn’t intend on.
Points to use as your party guideline:
Set a budget – Find a dollar figure amount and DON’T go over it.
Who are the guests – How many adults? Are children coming? Are there any special diets that you don’t want to exclude? Even if someone is gluten-free, having one option for them goes a long way in making a party enjoyable for them!
How many guests will be attending? – Knowing this number will help in figuring out how much food and supplies you’ll probably need.
If you’re only serving appetizer/snack type food, there’s a cute little calculator here that will help you calculate how many appetizers you need for the length of time of your party.
If you don’t want to leave it up to a calculator, you can estimate that lets say for a party of 10, you’ll want to serve around 4 – 5 different finger foods, each type having around 12 pieces.
BUDGET PARTY DECOR TIPS
Think about party decorations to set a theme or just make the atmosphere more festive, then make a list of the minimum decorations with the biggest impact.
Start looking for sales and stock up if you have time. Dollar stores are usually the cheapest place to find generic, cheap party decorations. A lot of time, they’ll have bits and bobs that will go along with practically any party theme.
Ask your friends and family if they have any extra serving platters, serving cutlery or anything party-related that you can borrow. Also, don’t forget about seating! Foldable chairs are a great item to borrow!
Party Food Can Still Be Done On A Budget!
Not everybody at the party needs to like everything, but there should be a few things that each guest will enjoy. Here are some party food ideas on a budget:
Dips are great because they are a nice start, can be made ahead, are easy, less expensive, and quick to make. Some dips are also pretty and go a long way like this Roasted Beet Hummus with Pita Chips from Happy Kitchen!
Check out more of these Party Foods on budget ideas below!
Remember, prices change quickly in the grocery stores, so have an optional dish and ingredient list ready in case, for example, the sausage or red peppers are too expensive.
Serve a variety such as potato or taco chips, crackers, pretzels, and popcorn. These items help fill up your guests and are an inexpensive option for you!
If serving red meat or pork, offer poultry or vegetarian options as well. Vegetarians in the group and those watching their diets for one reason or another will appreciate the options.
Skewered foods are nice, offering a party look and the ability to have food go further, such as having smaller slices of pork tenderloin or chicken marinated and skewered as one option rather than serving full slices, which would be costly.
Smaller servings of food are good to offer more choices, and variety will make the food seem more plentiful and make as much food yourself as possible, rather than purchasing it to save money.
Check out a few of these appetizer ideas that Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan!
Budget dessert finger foods are also an option!
An easy dessert idea for a party is an ice cream bar. It can include different toppings such as syrups, candies, fruits, and for adults, some liqueurs.
Serve smaller amounts of cheesecake, cookies, etc., to be able to offer more variety. Another option is a fresh fruit salad! They look amazing and offer a simple but refreshing dessert like this Fresh Fruit Platter from Veggie Desserts! (My mouth is watering right now!!)
Enjoy some of these dessert ideas below!
Budget Party Drinks for a Crowd
Serving alcoholic beverages can be a very expensive part of the party. I highly suggest that you ask your guests to bring their own alcohol, but if you really want to provide them yourself, here are some ways to ease the cost:
Instead of serving straight wine, add a carbonated water or beverage and a fresh fruit slice to make a wine spritzer – a lighter drinking option as well as lighter on the budget.
Punch either made with a wine or liquor base – go through websites and find different options and try to find recipes with ingredients already on hand
Have one main drink so those ingredients can be purchased in volume and, therefore, a bit cheaper, and a few alternatives – depending on crowd favorites, vodka is very versatile, with pop, orange juice, cranberry juice, tomato juice, and Clamato juice for mixes.
Don’t buy coolers but make them with a carbonated soda and liquor base, such as vodka and lemonade or a flavored brandy and lemon-lime pop.
Have carbonated and noncarbonated beverages to offer as well as water. Check out this recipe for Healthy Homemade Soda that’s way healthier than store-bought from Dogwoods and Dandelions!
Planning the party as much as possible will make it easier to look for sales, comparison shop, and borrow needed items. Planning the food and drink options will allow time to look for the best prices and different ways to offer variety. These tips should help to plan, make, and serve the party food ideas on a budget.