When you're shopping for budget-friendly foods, don't overlook eggs. They're a bargain and are incredibly versatile. Turn hard-boiled eggs into edible decorations, or use them for a platter of deviled eggs or egg salad for the small sandwiches we mentioned earlier. Bake them up in mini muffin pans for a simple crustless quiche, or make a yummy vegetable frittata served in slim wedges; both these options are great for using up the leftover ingredients you have on hand, which is good for keeping your food budget in check.
Parties let friends and family celebrate special events and express joy and hope for the future, but keep in mind, there's no rule that says you have to serve a big, elaborate spread at parties. Use these tips and the info on the next page to host a memorable bash, even if you're on a shoestring budget.