Tips for Budget-Friendly Food & Beverage for Events All Year
These creative ideas can be used when planning your next event.
Any rice- or noodle-based culture cuisine is the cheapest to cater to.
Delicious and inexpensive Mexican, Indian, Thai and Thai cuisines are available. If you host an event in the morning, offer brunch or breakfast. These meals are usually not meat-heavy (often the most expensive) and can be made with delicious produce such as fresh berries, grapefruits and bananas.
Consider the time of day when looking for catering menu ideas to cater to large groups.
This handy chart from Fun Cheap shows that not all events require a meal. There are many places where the lighter fare is appropriate. This could play a part in the time you decide to start your event.
We all know that meat can be expensive. There are many ways to make a delicious and classy vegetarian menu, no matter what event. These vegetarian menu ideas are stunning.
Choose a longer tray service over a sit-down meal.
Butlered hors-d’oeuvres might be the best style of service for your next event. This flexible option allows you to provide your attendees with what they want.
Adding some lobster tacos or steak tartare bites can make it more extravagant. Adding lobster tacos and steak tartare bites can make it more expensive.
Do you want to make sure your guests are satisfied? You can provide guests with more affordable and heavier snacks such as mini grilled cheese sandwiches, tortellini, sauce cups, and even spinach puffs.
You might consider a self-serve buffet with main dishes, desserts and coffees.
This guide to setting up a buffet table will help you get started. This tip is great if you have many children, picky eaters, or want to cut down on waitstaff expenses.
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- Serve whole food power bowls. These can be made at home or prepared in small bowls. Use inexpensive ingredients such as sweet potatoes or whole grains for the base.
- Create a caramel apple bar. A caramel apple bar is always a big hit. It can be made with whole or sliced farm-fresh apples mixed with warm, gooey caramel. Sprinkles, mini marshmallows and crushed nuts can be added to the mix for dipping.
- Make 3 bean chili shooters: This chili is cheaper than the meat-based version but still delicious and filling. This is a great way for the chili cookoff to offer samples.
- Football snacks should be prioritized. Chips, dips and finger food are the main attractions at any Super Bowl party so they will be a big hit with your guests. These rules will help you serve Super Bowl food.
- Mini pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls are a great idea. Any baked good combined with pumpkin and spices can be delicious and affordable. However, these 75 pumpkin recipes will help you get started if you are looking for inspiration.
- Choose pulled chicken instead of pork. It is easy to prepare and tastes great in sandwiches. Serve it with potato salad, corn-on-the-cob, or any of these delicious BBQ side dishes.
- Enjoy the less expensive Thanksgiving dishes. You can add holiday flair to your event with green bean casseroles, sweet potato desserts, and apple pies.
- Make simple fruit tarts. These are visually stunning and can be easily cut into small pieces to serve large groups. These gorgeous recipes are worth a look.
- Combine sweet and savory flavors. We love things like tomato soup, grilled cheese, and candied bacon. These apple-based combos won’t break your bank.
- Creamy sauces make meals more hearty. Add cream or cheese to your cream-based sauces. This pumpkin and sage cream sauce recipe will give you some Fall-themed bonus points.