One great way to save money on food for your party is to have everyone bring something, potluck style.
Have a few great classics on hand that you know everyone will love, and let the other dishes serve as complimentary. Party staple cheap eats include chips, cookies, pretzels, fruit, party mix, crackers and cheese, pigs in a blanket, and ice cream.
If you are thinking of getting it catered, talk to the manager of a local restaurant you enjoy, and negotiate a deal.
Also, shopping in bulk from membership-only warehouses like Costco will help you save, as will buying disposable tableware.
Don't forget to check your local supermarket circulars for deals as well.
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