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whats a good, inexpensive yet fun menu for an outdoor graduation party?

I am on a very tight budget..but am having about 30 people over for a casual party for my daughter. anyone have any fun, tasty ideas?

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AnnikaJan

Asked by AnnikaJan at 2:31 PM on Jul. 10, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • ummmmmmmmmmm..lasagna.........cheap and easy to make ,,watch for sales........a spiral ham...........and next to it rolls and a veggie casserole,,,,,that way people have a choice of sandwich or meal.... macaroni salad,,,2 boxes elbows 2.00..mix w. mayo,,,redwine vinegar....a cucmber cut up into little bite size peices and a can of corn,,,,of course salt pepper garlic,,,,send me a message if u need more ideas
    cameron536

    Answer by cameron536 at 3:09 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • sausage & peppers go a long way-- Get celentano's frozen stuffed shells in the supermarket (large family tray)-- whip up a salad with everything in it: lettuce, green beans (canned) tomato, corn, chic peas, slice red onions,croutons, olives & top with bacon bits-- some dinner rollsyou can make your own meatballs and or as an extra hamburgers, hotdogs get yourself 2 boxes of suddenly salads by betty crocker or store made potato salads-- some dips & don't forget the chips-- a box of hors d'oeuvres and viola!! Good luck & have fun~
    Bellafleurs

    Answer by Bellafleurs at 3:55 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • Is there family you could ask to bring something? My twin brother's graduated this year and asked my mother to make tacos. She bought the meat, had someone else bring toppings, I brought spanish rice, had someone else bring beans and etc. At least in my family, people don't mind helping out because it is such a big project.
    kabbot01

    Answer by kabbot01 at 4:03 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • Hamburgers... have a BBQ! It's summertime & EVERYONE loves summer food! You can make/buy pasta salad, baked beans, get fresh fruit, etc. Yum!!!
    crazysocks830

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 5:55 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • Baked potatoes are kind of cheap, have toppings out.
    Bottled water is healthy and inexpensive. Have a maekr (not one that smells strong) handy for writing everyone's names on their water or even go a step further and make graduation style tage to tie on the waters and label.
    Punch is inexpensive and looks nice. 1 bottle 7up or sprite with 1 box each lime and orange sherbert. Mix and serve!
    crockpot beans or mixed veggies
    TXdanielly

    Answer by TXdanielly at 8:58 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • rigatoni always goes over well for a group, do some frit salads and maybe even a spinach dip. Good luck, i'll bet you have a great time.
    HippyMomma39

    Answer by HippyMomma39 at 12:15 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

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