10 Party Food Ideas on a Budget

Do the Dip

Dips are easy and popular party fare, so save money by making your own rather than purchasing the ready-made. Start with a basic hummus, guacamole or creamy fruit dip. Then add your personal touch with unique seasonings and eye-catching presentations.

A cheese ball isn't quite a dip, but it's easy to make, delicious to eat and pretty to look at. Plus, it holds its shape, so you can sculpt it to go along with your party theme. And if you have leftovers, it can be reshaped and served again -- trust us, no one will know.

Serve your creations with fresh fruit and veggie slices, chips and crackers. In fact, now that you have your dips, the next page will tell you how to make your own chips and crackers.

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