Here are some ideas on things you can serve when you have people over or when you need to bring a potluck item or something for a party. They are easy on your budget and they won’t make you feel bad for being the jerk that brings something crappy to the party:
- Things on Sticks
- Bring a Plate of Orange Slices
- Humpty Dumpty Nacho Dip
- Little Cheesy Guys
- Bacon Spiral Power Bites
- Cheesy Bacon Mini-Balls
- Golden Dynamite Dip
- Basic Tasty Bruschetta
- Miracle Macaroni Salad
- Tasty Lasagna Rippers
- Pizza Pillows
- Poppin’ Party Quesadillas
- Tasty Tuna Tucks
- Slammin’ Clams
- Devilled Delights
- The Almighty Tuna Melt
- This Salad is Really Good
It can really suck sometimes when you’re invited somewhere where you’re asked to bring a food item.
I’ve been there. A million thoughts run through your mind. What can I bring? How much do I have to spend on this thing? Can I only go to the party if I bring something? Will a 2-litre bottle of Coke be enough?
Worry not, my friends. There are some excellent options for us low-income folks, so we can go to that party and have our food be the star of the show. Trust me. I’ve been there, and I’ve done that.
You should know that there are advantages to each kind of food you might need to talk to a party:
- Snacks/Appetizers: Don’t kill yourself trying to think of an appetizer that’s going to be “enough for everyone”. Guests aren’t supposed to fill up on appetizers because they will ruin their dinner. I don’t recommend bringing just a bag of chips, but a bag of chips and a couple of dips is a different story. There are also a lot of other things you can bring if you’re in charge of snacks/appetizers. Recipes will be posted on here to help you out. Check out “Things on Sticks” for a great starter idea!
- Side dishes for dinner: If you can, try to get dibs on a potato dish. Potatoes are big and relatively cheap. Everyone loves mashed potatoes and they are very filling. Make some mashed potatoes and you’ll be a hit, only spending maybe $10 or $15 bucks. If you can’t get dibs on potatoes, there’s a few other veggie options that won’t break your budget. Or, better yet, make a rice or pasta salad. Cheap, filling, and delicious. Recipes will be posted to give you some ideas.
- Dessert: Desserts are scary to think about because they are supposed to look elegant and fancy and are often hard to make, right? WRONG! First of all, most people are too full to eat dessert, so you don’t have to worry about bringing enough dessert to fill everyone’s stomachs. Second of all, I’ve found a few cheap and easy dessert ideas that will delight your guests and leave money in your pocket.
- The Main Course: Definitely the most expensive part of the meal. But if you’re going to someone else’s house, you probably won’t be asked to bring the main course. If you are, pasta dishes are an easy out.