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Make Your Party Special With These Ideas for Cheap Birthday Party Food

written by: P Reddy•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 8/1/2010

Ideas for cheap birthday party food. Throwing a party does not have to be expensive and this article will explore ideas on how to cut costs when it comes to food and drinks.

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    Throwing a party does not have to be an expensive ordeal. Whether the party is a children's party or a party for adults, there are ways to minimize the costs when it comes to food and drinks.

    When planning a party it is important to spend some time organizing the details. If there is a set budget, it will be easier to stay on track and not overspend.

    Cheap birthday party food can be obtained by buying food at cheaper prices than at normal retail outlets, or it may simply be a matter of being creative and choosing cheap meals to feed the guests.

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    Where to Buy Inexpensive Food

    Often the only place that people look when it comes to food is the supermarket. This is a mistake, as there are many vendors which sell the same products as a supermarket for a fraction of the price.

    If the party in question is for adults or the office, it may be habitual to use a caterer. However, it is much cheaper to find a local deli and use the products that they sell there.

    In terms of food that will need to be cooked, there are many reduced -price supermarkets nowadays. These stores sell products that are nearing their expiration dates or are end of the line brands. This of course means big savings for the consumer.

    Other places to look are department stores and on the Internet. Department stores often sell candy and desserts and it is likely one might find a good deal there. The Internet is a great resource as often companies offer their seconds to online outlets. Some Internet stores are able to offer big discounts on food and drink as they do not have to pay overhead costs such as hiring sales staff.

    One way to save on alcohol is to buy directly from the manufacturer. By taking some time out to shop at their online store or pop into a local vineyard, one could potentially save hundreds of dollars. Some vineyards have sales where they sell bottles of wine for as low as one dollar a bottle.

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    Cheap Food Ideas

    Before all the party food is purchased it is important to consider what will be served. Listed below are some ideas for cheap birthday party food:

    • Consider a theme party. By choosing a theme for the night, one can cut down on most party foods. Some ethnic foods are cheaper to cook than their alternatives. As an example, nachos are a great inexpensive dish and a Mexican theme night has the potential to be a lot of fun.
    • Potluck parties will help relieve the cost while also taking off the pressure to cook for a number of people.
    • Limit choices. By keeping the menu simple one will save on cost. The more foods that are available, the more ingredients that will need to be purchased.