Ways to Save on Food for Parties
Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 7:00 am
What will you serve at the next party you host? Your guests will be expecting food and drinks. Providing it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, though. There are many ways to feed your guests without going into debt. Try some of these ideas at your next party.
Frugal Ways to Feed Your Guests
Focus on Finger Foods
Casual get-togethers call for simple, easy to eat, foods. Cut up a bunch of fresh vegetables instead of paying for a “party tray”. Cut blocks of cheese into cubes, and open a package of crackers to go with it. Mini hot dogs, baked in barbeque sauce, are a crowd pleaser. Your local grocery store will have plenty of frozen snacks that you can heat and serve.
Make it a Potluck
This is a great idea for parties that mostly involve family members. Things like family reunions, birthday parties that celebrate a milestone age, or anniversary celebrations are perfect for potlucks. Ask your relatives to bring a dish to share (or a beverage). Organize ahead of time so that you end up with enough main courses, sides, desserts, and drinks. Potlucks help spread the cost of the party out among everyone who attends.
Get Out the Grill
You can’t go wrong with a backyard barbeque when the weather is nice and warm. Most people are comfortable with foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetable burgers, and grilled vegetables.
Grill up a few different types of sausage, cut them into bite sized pieces, and hand them out for appetizers. You can find coupons for the meat and buns that you will be serving. Choose in season vegetables and bring the cost down a little bit more.
Chain restaurants sometimes offer coupons that help new customers save money on catering. Call ahead and do some price-checking on a few of the restaurants (or fast food places) in your area. Some places to start with include: Boston Market, Subway, and Panda Express.
Skip the Alcohol
One way to lower the cost of your party is to skip the alcohol. It tends to be more expensive than a 2-liter of soda or a pitcher of freshly made lemonade. Another option is to make your party B.Y.O.B. (which stands for “bring your own bottle). This will help spread the cost of the party among the guests (in the same way that a potluck does).
Order Some Pizza
Many pizza places will give you a discount if you order multiple pizzas at the same time. It is advisable to call ahead and place your order a few days before your party. Pizza parties are great for college students, teens, and children.