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Big pot of soup

Feeding a Large Crowd CheaplyPlanning an inexpensive meal for a crowd can seem daunting, but it is doable. This is a page about feeding a large crowd cheaply.


Party Food

Figuring How Much Food to Buy for PartiesThis is a page about figuring how much food to buy for parties. When planning a party, one of the trickiest parts is determining how much food you need. You don't want to run out of anything, but you also don't want to be stuck with endless leftovers. Here are some helpful tips to make it easier.


Blue Party Punch - ingredients

Blue Ocean Water Party Punch RecipeBlue punch may be just what you want to finish out your party theme. It is easy to make starting with blue Hawaiian Punch. Here is a recipe for making blue ocean water party punch.


Frugal Luncheon

Frugal Luncheon Menu Ideas?This is a page about frugal luncheon menu ideas. Don't let your budget make planning a luncheon frustrating.


Chicken Nuggets and Fruit at Birthday Party

Food Ideas for a 16th Birthday Party?Planning the food for a birthday party is dependent of several factors, such as the age of the guests, number of guests, location of the party, and of course budget. This is a page about food ideas for a 16th birthday party.


Lemonade cups on a table for serving to a large group.

Serving Lemonade to a Large Crowd?This is a page about serving lemonade to a large crowd. Preparing food and beverages for a large group requires estimating portion size and the overall quantity to prepare, with a bit extra just in case.


tea sandwiches

Bridal Shower Food IdeasAn important part of planning a bridal shower is deciding on the menu. This is a page about bridal shower food ideas.


Making a Jello Fish Bowl

Making a Jello Fish BowlThis is a page about making a Jello fishbowl. When looking for a fun dessert for kids to help make and eat, consider this cute Jello fish bowl.


A collection of different soups at a party.

Midwinter Soup PartyEach midwinter I have a soup party for family and friends. I make several different kinds of soup. I might have potato soup, pea soup, bean soup, chicken or Turkey vegetable; whatever I happen to have on hand.


Chocolate Cowboy Hats - edible cowboy hats

Chocolate Cowboy HatsThese chocolate cowboy hats are a wonderful edible craft. I am making them for my nephew's birthday/Halloween party where he will be dressing up as Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story (his absolute favourite). These only take a few food items and a bit of patience. They would also be awesome for a western movie lover or a baby shower!


Construction Themed Birthday Cake

Construction Themed Birthday CakeEven if you local bakery does not typically decorate a cake to match up with your child's chosen birthday theme you might be able to special order what you want; it doesn't have to be too intricate. The construction themed cake spotlighted on this page was decorated at a local supermarket bakery based on very detailed instructions for the look desired. You can then add additional embellishments to complete the concept.


Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)

Making a Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)Having a Harry Potter themed party? These Ferrero Rocher golden snitches make a great party favor or even a craft to make at the party.



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Preparing Food for a Sandwich Bar Party?I'm having a salad and sandwich bar party for my aunt in September. I'm wondering if I should pre-make some sandwiches, like a long sub sandwiches or have the fixings for everyone to make their own sandwich.


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Cheap Graduation Party Food Ideas?I am having a high school graduation party for my son, and we just moved and my funds are low. But I also want it to be nice.


Goldfish Themed Party Snacks - cake, gold fish crackers, and gummy candies

Goldfish Themed Party SnacksWhen planning a party it is fun to have the food match the theme you have chosen. This page offers some ideas for goldfish themed party snacks.


A bucket of ice.

Serving Ice at PartiesThis is a page about ice tricks for parties.It is nice to offer your guests ice for their drinks when you are hosting a party.


Brightly colored candy and dessert buffet

Having a Candy Buffet at a PartyThis is a page about having a candy buffet at a party. You can plan a candy buffet for a children's party or even an adult get together.


chili in crockpots

Setting Up a Chili BarThis is a page about setting up a chili bar. A chili bar is a tasty addition to the menu for your next party or family get together


items at a hot chocolate bar

Have a Hot Chocolate Bar at Your PartyThis is a page about have a hot chocolate bar at your party. Adding a hot chocolate bar to your party menu will surely please many of your guests.


bassinet basket filled with muffins

Baby Shower Food IdeasThis is a page about baby shower food ideas. Light snacks, sandwiches, and sweets are typical fare at a baby shower.


A plate of cold cuts and cheese.

Serving Cold Cuts to a Large Crowd?This is a page about serving cold cuts to a large crowd. A plate of cold cuts is a good choice for for a large gathering.


Burger shaped Cake

Making a Hamburger CakeThis page is about making a hamburger cake. For a person who really isn't into sweets, they may like a burger for their birthday.


Chocolate ice cream in the shape of a heart.

Making Ice Cream ShapesThis is a page about making ice cream shapes. A fun way to serve ice cream is to cut or mold it into shapes.


Serving Cheese

Serving Cheese at PartiesThis is a page about serving cheese at parties. A variety of cheeses is an excellent appetizer to serve at parties.


Winnie The Pooh Cake

Making a Winnie the Pooh CakeThis page is about making a Winnie the Pooh cake. A favorite character can be the theme of a special birthday cake.


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Food for 70 at Birthday Party?My son is turning one and I am having a rather large first birthday party (70 people). I am wanting to do Manwich, pasta salad, baked beans, and chips. I bought:


Fresh Fruit Cakes Being PRepared

Party Food IdeasThis page contains party food ideas. Preparing food for any party can be creative and fun for all ages.



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Planning a Reunion?I am planning a reunion at my church. We will be having it during our town's 100 anniversary and what our town calls "Oildorado Days".


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Refreshment Ideas for a Neighborhood Get Together?My husband finished building a waterfall in the front of our home. We would like to invite less than 30 of our neighbors over after dinner to christen it. I have no idea what to serve.


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How Many Appetizers Do I Need for 125 People?How much do you buy for 125 people? I am looking to purchase appetizers.


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Ideas for Food for a Twelfth Birthday Party?My daughter is going to be 12. She is having a birthday party and all of her friends are going to be there. What should I cook? Any ideas for foods kids would like?


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How Do I Make Party Platters for a Birthday Party?I need to know how I can make party platters and what to use, for a 60th birthday?


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Birthday Party Refreshments?My birthday was one day ago and my party is tomorrow. I don't have an idea what to serve my friends. Can anyone help?


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2 Liter Bottle for Party IceDuring the holidays or when you are having a large crowd over for a gathering, you never seem to have enough ice.


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Use Contractor Tubs For Summer Party FoodFor summer parties, some people use a kids swimming pool to put ice in to keep food cold. I found that by the end of the afternoon on a warm day, the food is literally "swimming" in water as the ice melts, creating a mess and watered down food in some cases.


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Tim Tam Car for Kids Party FoodFor childrens' party food, dig a small hole in the centre of a Timtam. With icing or chocolate, set a tiny teddy in the hole. Then stick 4 small marshmallows on the bottom for wheels. Great for kids and adults alike.


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Decorating with Food at a Party?I am looking for ideas for how to decorate with food for a first birthday party?


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Displaying Cupcakes at a Party?Does anyone have a cheap idea for displaying cupcakes at a child's birthday?


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Ideas For Buffet Style Party Food?I would appreciate some suggestions for food to serve for a party (buffet style) that does not need to be kept cold. I am looking for more hearty things, not chips and salsa, or fruit. Also, does anyone know how long you can leave out things like a meat and cheese tray or deviled eggs? Other ideas for ways to keep things cold in a clever way would be much appreciated. This is such a smart group! Thanks in advance for your help!


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Ideas for Hosting a Super Bowl Party?This is my first year of hosting a Super Bowl party. There will probably be close to 20 people. I need simple, cheap and quick ideas for food and/or decor. I'm a little nervous. Every time we have gone to another football party there usually is a huge spread of food. Any suggestions are appreciated.


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Meat Serving Sizes for a Mexican Fiesta?I am having a Mexican fiesta for about 60 people and I have no idea how to figure out how much meat (carnitas, carne asada and chicken fajitas) to order! Can you help?


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Mexican Fiesta BuffetI had the cheapest dinner party ever. I threw a Mexican Fiesta Buffet. I used my own dishes, didn't buy disposables, borrowed wine glasses for my delightful Sangria. Here is what I bought:



Chocolate Cowboy Hats - edible cowboy hats

Chocolate Cowboy HatsThese chocolate cowboy hats are a wonderful edible craft. I am making them for my nephew's birthday/Halloween party where he will be dressing up as Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story (his absolute favourite). These only take a few food items and a bit of patience. They would also be awesome for a western movie lover or a baby shower!


Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)

Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)My son had a Harry Potter themed birthday party. One of the treats I made were these Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitches. They were the perfect pairing to go with the red and gold Gryffindor cupcakes that we had.


chili in crockpots

Winter Party Chili BarSetting up a chili bar for our son's birthday was a great way to warm up our guests. We offered a number of different kinds with various toppings.


Summer Shark Fruit Bowl

Summer Shark Fruit BowlFruit bowl for summer fun with the kids and adults alike.


Goldfish Themed Party Snacks - napkins and plates along with partial of cake and snacks

Goldfish Themed Party SnacksOur son had a 'Sharky' Goldfish themed 3rd birthday party. Here are some of the snacks that we had for it.


Seahawks Super Bowl Treats

Seahawks Super Bowl TreatsOur son had a lot of fun making a treat table for the Super Bowl this year. We are Seahawks fans so he used Skittles and Costco cupcakes that were decorated in our team colors. He also had chips and slider burgers for people to enjoy. I just thought his set up was fun and wanted to share it. :)



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Menu Ideas for Ladies' Luncheon?I am having 7 girls over for lunch in May honoring a gal going to a mission field. I need a menu.


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Calculating Bread for Appetizers?How much bread per person should I plan for appetizer party?


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Feeding 35 People at Party Inexpensively?We have a special occasion, my husband is turning 65. Since I am now disabled and no one in the family has volunteered to help and everyone wants it to be a surprise, of course, what do I feed these family members and still make the birthday special on a low-cost budget? My husband does not eat beans!


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Food Ideas for a Sweet 16 Birthday Party?I am giving my daughter a sweet 16 and I am stuck on the menu. The theme will be Tiffany and Co. What are some good food menu items for teens? There will be a candy buffet and cake as well. I don't want to get food that they will pick over. Also, how many menu/food items?


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Cheese and Fruit for 150 People?How much cheese and fruit do I need for 150 people at an evening reception for an art retrospective.


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Finger Food Menu for a 16th Birthday Party?I'm having a, 'Gold' themed surprise birthday party for my daughter's 16th birthday and I need menu items that are finger food friendly and yummy. They also need to be budget friendly as well, as I have a very low budget.


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