Inexpensive 'Thank You' Church Dinner

Any ideas for the nicest church dinner I can provide on the cheap? I have a $900 budget to feed 125 people. It's an annual 'thank you' to volunteers.

Pete from Brockton, MA

Showing: Answers Sort: Relevance

Meatless lasagne, cheese manicotti or spaghetti with Italian bread + a large salad would feed 125 people. I believe you would have enough money left over to purchase all of your paper supplies for the dinner. If you stick with a meatless dinner, there is a big savings.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Have you priced food at Cost Co or Sam's Club.

Paper plates, dinner ware and cups would certainly be cheaper. All their food products come in large quantitys, from frozen meals to canned and boxed goods. Salads and fresh fruits and vegi's are also sold in large quantitys.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

I completely agree with MCW. A spaghetti dinner is a great way to go. We use it often for Scouting events that require food or sit down events.

You should have money left over after the supplies and food if you budget it right. You may even be able get a local supermarket to donate some of the food or supplies to your event.

Hope this helps!


ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

I went to the Golden Corral today and they had signs on the counter advertising discount catering. Maybe your local Golden Corral or some other restaurant could give you a good deal.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Potato salad for 100 people- from My CWA (country womens Association Aust cookbook)

3 and a 1/2 kg (1 stone) potatoes, 500gr (1 lb.) white onions, 1 tin peas, 1 litre of salad dressing, chopped parsley or mint.

Good luck!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

How about a Hamo or turkey sandwiches on croissants. Potato, macaroni or pasta salad and some baked beans in a roaster pans. You can make some nice sheet cakes and decorate them or order them from a WalMart bakery. $900 can go along way for 125 people that about $7.20 a person. Check with a local restaurant or hotel to see if there menu is less than 7.20 per person. ANother idea is buy fried chicken from WalMart deli (already cooked) then all you have to do is supply the sides dishes and the dessert! Good luck!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Bless you heart! You have a great budget to feed 125 people. My husband and I cook every Wednesday night at church for 50-70 people, and our budget is anywhere from $100.00 to $130.00. Just go on-line and Google in meals for large groups and you can get lots of ideas.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

If you shred the lettuce with a knife (even though we were always taught not to) like cole slaw: the lettuce goes farther and you can buy grape tomatoes and cut them in hal, grate carrots and put dressing on side.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

$900.00 is NOT "on the cheap". Call several established restaurants, tell them your budget is $700.00 and compare what they offer. Use $100 divided for a gracious tip for the (probably) 3 - 4 servers and any additional after-tax money for decorations or take-home center pieces

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Holidays and Parties Parties ChurchJanuary 30, 2008
More to Explore
ThriftyFun on Facebook
ThriftyFun on Pinterest
Enter a Contest
Free Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Related Guides
Church Decorated for Wedding
Decorating a Church for a Wedding
Freshly baked white dinner rolls.
Saving Money on Dinner Rolls
daughter giving mother a gift
Thank You Speech for Mother's 80 Birthday
thank you note ideas
Sending Thank You Notes
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on May 14, 2016 at 10:05:49 PM on in 342 msecs. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
To Top
Loading Something Awesome!