Frugal Birthday Party Food Ideas

Tomorrow is my son’s birthday party.  While I have figured out the cupcakes, goodie bags and entertainment, I needed help in the grown up food department.  The party is to be held after lunch but I wanted to have a small appetizer people could enjoy while there.  But I didn’t want it to bee too much work or too expensive.  I stopped by Costco looking for a quick alternative but what they had available was more money than I wanted to spend.

So I turned to Twitter for advice.  I asked my followers for ideas on a cold appetizer I could make that could be enjoyed by adults and children at the same time.  Here are some of the helpful ideas I received in response:


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All of the ideas are great, simple and budget friendly.  but ultimately I decided to go with the roll-ups.  Originally I wanted to make turkey roll up, but couldn’t find a recipe I liked.  The recipe shared by Amy looks so good and easy to make.  It looks perfect to eat at room temperature and can make even a day ahead.  These were all things I really needed in this case.  I just bought all of the ingredients and it was a total of $3.97, since I had salsa and sour cream in my pantry.

You will find the link to the recipes shared by clicking on each image.  I want to thank Amy, Andrea, Samantha, Phoebe and Sandy for helping me out when I really needed.  how about you, do you have any ideas for easy to make and delicious cold appetizers?

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  • Kelly

    Yeah I’ll bet you had salsa in your pantry after that Pace coupon earlier this week. ha

  • Thank-you for the thank-you 🙂 Glad we could help! Hope the party turns out great!!

  • Michelle

    How funny; my daughter’s birthday party is tomorrow! Those tortilla wraps look/sound SOOOO GOOD. I’ve just decided to make them. Thanks!

  • Kris

    We’re having a birthday party tomorrow too! My eldest turns 6 on Sunday and my youngest 4 on April 15. We always have their parties together. That certainly helps the food budget, and the gas budget of the families that have to travel. We are having a lunch of “make your own Mexican dish.” I have the basic ingredients prepared and they can eat their creation with chips, on a salad, in a tortilla, or on a tostada. Leftovers can be put into a casserole. Happy birthday!

  • Thanks so much for including my link. (I’m enjoying a nice boost in traffic over at Finer Things.) Enjoy the roll-ups. They are a fave around here!

  • Thank you for including my tweet!

    Hope you have a great birthday party! 🙂

  • Just wanted to say, enjoy the party! I know he will love his special day!

  • Do you really have to be frugal or can you just be sensible and not over spend. You don’t have to go over board with big presents, spend your money wisely and the party will be a hit.

  • laura Morrison

    I have a girlfriends 21st in 2 weeks me and her other best friend are oragnising the party we have no clue what people like & most of our friends are fussy eater’s.. any good suggestions?