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10 Party Food Ideas on a Budget


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Be the Baker
If you don't feel confident making fancy swirls and embellishments with a piping bag and tip, use fruit or chopped nuts to decorate your cake -- it'll enhance the flavor, too!
If you don't feel confident making fancy swirls and embellishments with a piping bag and tip, use fruit or chopped nuts to decorate your cake -- it'll enhance the flavor, too!
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If your celebration calls for cake, you'll save a bundle if you make it yourself. Store-bought cakes are expensive, and they don't usually taste better than cakes made at home from scratch or from a mix. What you're really paying for is fancy decorations. Pastry bags and special frosting tips -- often sold right beside the cake mixes in the grocery store -- make it easy to add frills and a personal message to your cake.

To get gourmet taste from your homemade layer cake, spread lemon curd or raspberry preserves -- instead of frosting -- between the layers. Frost the top and sides as usual.

If you're feeding a large crowd, skip the stacks and make a sheet cake. It's easier to decorate, and you'll be able to get more servings out it than a layered cake.


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