10 Budget-friendly Cocktail Hors d'Oeuvres


Crudite Platters

Crudité platters, also known as vegetable trays, offer endless, economical options. What's more, fresh veggies offer loads of vitamins and minerals, as well as different textures and flavors. And everything doesn't have to be fresh -- no one will complain if you slip in some baby dill pickles or a stack of bread and butter slices.

You can slice radishes, celery, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers (all crudité platter staples) into chips, wedges, sticks or whichever shape works best for sampling delicious dips. Then, arrange them on a tray or platter or inside individual martini glasses, centered around Creamy Dill Veggie Dip, roasted garlic or red pepper hummus or a zesty spinach dip with water chestnuts. For an elegant appetizer that's also budget-friendly, try Shrimp Dip with Crudités.