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As someone who had to transition from college life to the grown-up life, I always felt like entertaining at home is something you do when your life is settled and you have money in the bank. Slowly I started realizing that entertaining is not only for the grown-ups ad riches. First, people never grow up and secondly entertaining shouldn’t be expensive. Which is why I’m sharing 10 easy and cheap party appetizers ideas that won’t break the bank.
Entertaining at home with a low budget requires some planning. Keep the bar limited to the favorites. During my time in the Netherlands, I learned that people only served coffee, tea, beer, wine, soda, and 1 or 2 types of juice. Spirits weren’t something the host would offer and often it was reserved for the last few guests who were either family or close friends. While I always try to add a cocktail in the mix, it highly depends on who I’m hosting and how many people there are.
Use the leftover ingredients from the cheap party appetizers in this list to create other appetizers. That’s when you’re making the most use of your ingredients and you’re not spending tons on groceries. Talking about groceries, when you’re shopping for goodies choose the cheapest grocery store. There is a time for choosing convenience and going to a more expensive store. That time is not when you’re creating appetizers for 50 people.
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This is for all my cheese lovers! Aren’t we all? I love an appetizer that is both delicious as it is easy to make. Especially if you can prepare it before your guests arrive and just warm it up before serving.
#9 Baked Garlic Pepper Polenta Fries
What else can you do with cornmeal? Make polenta fries of course. Now you have 2 recipes you can make with the same ingredient. Talk about cheap party appetizers, huh?! Polenta fries are a unique appetizer to serve that everyone will love. They’re gluten-free and vegan.
#10 Whole 30 Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Layering flavors is a great way to create a memorable appetizer and adding seafood will always take your appetizer to the next level. By keeping it simple you’ll not only let the flavors of the ingredients do their magic, but you’ll also keep the costs low.