We are planning a high school graduation party for Saturday, August 5, from 7-11 P.M. I need some ideas for food and drinks that are easy and won't break the bank since I am on a budget.
We just did two birthdays on a budget! One was for a 1st birthday and the other for 3rd. I did "finger" foods: deviled eggs, meatballs, layered salad, relish tray, fruit tray - I did everything by watching the grocery ads and made everything except the meatballs. Also for drinks: just made Tea or Kool-Aid, and had a bucket of ice nearby. Didn't overdue the decorations either! Went very plain, since they get thrown away anyhow! But, I think the simpler it is the better time everyone has! (07/11/2006)
If you want to be a bit more fancy in the drinks, other than plain tea or Kool aid, Visit your local dollar store and pick up some ginger ale and bottles of fruit juices (apple, pineapple, grapefruit, mixed juices (strawberry/kiwi). You can start with a base of tea, or just mix together the soda and juices. Some people add sherbet to their punches. Personally, after a while, the sherbet melts, and while it tastes good, it looks pretty icky. The night before I would make a big block of ice [or 2 for when first one melts] in a large freezer safe plastic bowl or container (you can make the ice from a mixture of the drink itself so it doesn't get watered down). (07/11/2006)
I recently had a bridal shower for my daughter. We served nachos, fresh fruit, and Sneaky Pete's. Sneaky Pete's is a punch. The recipe is easy and it is so good.
3 cans frozen orange juice thawed
3 cans frozen lemonade thawed
1 46 ounce can pineapple juice
1 2 ltr. bottle of sprite or 7 up
5 cups of sugar
9 quarts of water
Mix all together, and put in freezer until slushy.
I would serve Hot Ham sandwiches and chips. You can buy a 5# oblong shaped ham (like Farmland) for $6-$8. Ask the deli dept. in your store to shave it. Last time I did this, the ham was $1.20 a #! Buy store brand hamburger buns and chips. Heat and serve ham in a slow cooker. Deviled eggs and carrot sticks are inexpensive as are baked beans. (07/12/2006)
By Donna R.
I just did a high school graduation party and I threw a Dessert Party. It was a big success and fun. I cooked pies the day before. I went to Sam's and bought cookies and a big graduation cake and a big cobbler. We had coffee, bottled waters and 3 liter Cokes for drinks. I had one kitchen wall decorated behind the food table with pictures of the graduate growing up with family members. A big congratulations banner was bought at the dollar store. Everybody loved it. I put on the Invitations that the party was from 2-4 p.m. (07/14/2006)
I just had a graduation party for my daughter that went very well. I bought most of the lunch meats and cheeses at a GFS store nearby at low prices and they sliced them for free. Family members brought some of the other dishes to share as well. I made relish and veggie trays from scratch as well as the meat and cheese/cracker trays. (07/15/2006)
Make it a simple theme like a nacho bar. Buy store brand, sour cream, cheese to shred, salsa, tortilla chips, cans of re-fried beans that you warm up in a sauce pan while adding salsa to taste, make rotel cheese dip, cokes, tea, and the cake that says congrats! (07/15/2006)
When I throw a party I always serve iced tea and lemonade (the powdered stuff with a few lemons floating in it). These are the cheapest drinks as far as I'm concerned and everyone seems to like them. Sometimes I make one batch of sweet tea and a batch of regular. If you have clear containers sun tea is awesome as there's no boiling water heating up the kitchen. (07/17/2006)
I just had a party last weekend. I had chicken from my local deli, It was only $39.99 for 100 pieces, and I got 16 pounds of potato salad for $16.00. I went to a discount store for chips and pop, and had relatives chip in and make a big pan of rigatoni and meatballs and the graduation cake. All together I did this for $100.00 and we had a crowd, with plenty of leftovers. (06/29/2008)
By A guest
We asked three other families of our son's friends if they'd like to have a group graduation party. We split the cost of the rent of a local church's gym (cheaper than a hall) and all the food. We watched for sales and started stocking up about 2-3 months in advance. We split the tasks according to each persons strengths. Some were good with money, others at bargain shopping. Others at planning the timing of the cooking and others were gifted in decorations. We served sirloin steak cut into palm size pieces, hot dogs, pulled pork on a bun, baked potatoes with all the sides, baked beans, a veggie tray, chips and one large cake with all their names.
Some family members brought their favorite dishes, as well. Our drink was punch served in a large container with a spout. We recruited a friend to do the grilling and we baked the potatoes in foil that morning, keeping them warm in foil covered tins. Each family contributed about $220.00 and that included even the tableware. Each family also decorated their own Senior's table, as a separate expense. The Seniors loved trying to out due each other with their table! We received compliments for a very delicious meal and a creative solution to an expensive party! (03/15/2010)
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