I'm hosting a party. What are some simple, cheap foods I could serve?

I'm feeling a little blank here. I am hosting a Partylite party Friday and could use some simple, cheap things to prepare. Any ideas? I'm looking for something besides the usual veggie platter and cookie try. Anything that could be made in advance would be great-I am off tomorrow, but working all day Friday before the party. Thanks, ladies!

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chillemi78

Asked by chillemi78 at 7:05 PM on Oct. 15, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • we always make some of the "little smokies" in a crock pot. for the sauce we use a jar (the larger sized) or grape jelly and a spicy mustard that's called "mister hot" (i think). i've used other brown mustards and it didn't really matter too much on the brand of it. the grape jelly, the cheap stuff works. you can also brown a lb of hamburger, and mix it into a crock pot with a can of chilli beans, 10 ozs (give or take depending on your taste) or salsa, and 1/2 block of velveta. serve with tortilla chips.

    our chirstmas is usually finger food type items. if you're interested in more, i have bunches i can suggest.
    Tarable525

    Answer by Tarable525 at 7:22 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • send a message if interested, i just browse through the answers section and almost never make it back to the same one.
    Tarable525

    Answer by Tarable525 at 7:23 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • Try pinwheels: take flour tortillas, spread with a cream cheese/herb mixture; roll up, and slice into bite sized pieces. Or, take a store bought pizza crust, baste it with olive oil, pressed garlic, and Italian seasonings; bake according to directions. Slice into bread sticks and serve with several dip options: pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, sour cream, cream cheese/herbs, cheese dip.... A great beverage is to take 1/2 pitcher water, 1/2 pitcher Sprite (or other lemon lime soda); mix with lemonade powder. Add small jar of marischino cherries, juice and all. Serve over ice; make sure each serving gets a cherry!
    Take another pizza crust, cut into eight equal pieces. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, Italian seasonings, sesame seeds, etc; wrap around a hot dog (Nathan's dogs are the best!!), sprinkle again with Parmesan cheese/sesame seeds/poppy seeds. Bake for about 10 - 12 minutes. Yummy!
    Have fun!!!!
    ChefMom94

    Answer by ChefMom94 at 7:25 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • My mom used to do Home Interior parties when I was a kid. We'd spend all afternoon making good things to eat, which was the main reason my sister and I went! lol
    One of my favorite was what we called veggie pizza: open a few cans of crescent rolls (like pillsbury), and pat them into a baking sheet. Bake until a deep golden brown, about 12-16 minutes. Let cool. In the meantime, combine 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, 16 ounces of sour cream and a package of hidden valley ranch dip mix. Mix until smooth, then spread over the crescent roll base. Chop up the raw veggies (I use broccoli, dauliflower, red cabbage, shredded carrots, etc) and spread them over the dressing. It is sooooo tasty!
    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 7:30 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • A great dip:
    8 ounces cream cheese
    8 ounces braunschweiger
    1 cup green olives (with pimientos), chopped
    1/2 cup finely minced green onions (about a bunch)
    2-3 tbsp Worcestershire

    Let the cream cheese and braunschweiger sit on the counter about 15 min to soften. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Use 2tbsp of the Worcestershire sauce, taste, then add more as needed. Cover and chill for at least an hour to let the flavors mingle. Serve with assorted crackers, additional olives (green & black).

    Pizza bites are really easy. Get a package of puff pastry. Thaw, cut into 1 1/2" squares. If you have a mini muffin tin, put a square into each muffin spot. If you don't have on you can make these on a baking sheet..they're just neater in the muffin tin! Add jarred pizza sauce, pesto sauce or bbq sauce, plus whatever toppings you want and bake about 10 min. Easy!
    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 7:42 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • One more:

    Artichoke Dip:
    1 large jar marinated artichoke hearts (or 2 small) chopped
    8 ounces cream cheese
    1 cup mayonaisse
    2 cups fresh grated parmesan (not the green can kind, which has added ingred)
    2 tbsp paprika

    Drain & chop the artichokes, and combine everything in a glass baking dish. Bake at 350*f for 20-30 min, until bubbly and browned at the edges. Serve with crackers, baguette slices, tortilla chips.
    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 7:47 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • Okay, this sounds VERY strange, but my family always has olive dip. Its green olives and cream cheese. lol... You mince the olives, pour a little of the juice in with the cheese, add the olives, and mix with a blender. You serve it with original Doritto's, and its the best!
    barrettboys

    Answer by barrettboys at 11:31 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • This is always a big hit, and so easy, you can make it the day before.
    “Margarita” Dip
    1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
    ¼ cup frozen limeade concentrate, partially thawed
    2 Tbsp. orange juice
    1 cup thawed Cool Whip
    1-2 drops of green food coloring-optional
    Beat cream cheese, limeade concentrate and orange juice, and food coloring, if using. in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping, cover.
    Refrigerate at least l hour. Serve with cut up fresh fruit and vanilla wafers.
    Jazz it up by serving in a wide-brimmed margarita glass. Wipe rim with lime and dip rim in sugar before filling with dip!
    SweetLuci

    Answer by SweetLuci at 10:14 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

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  • Also cheap, easy and do-ahead is Pimento cheese filled celery sticks. So simple, but a real winner. Another is to take a block of cream cheese and pour peach or apricot preserves over top and serve with crackers. The combination of salty and sweet is addictive. Olives drained, then add lemon peel, a little garlic and a little olive or veg. oil , and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning or fresh parsley or rosemary and let sit overnight. Yummy!
    SweetLuci

    Answer by SweetLuci at 10:14 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

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  • Veggie Pizza... Roll crescent rolls or breadsticks onto a cookie sheet and cook at 300, pressing with a spatula every few minutes to keep them flat
    Make a sauce by combining hidden valley ranch powdered dip mix w/ sourcream and cream cheese...
    Spread onto cooled crust
    Top with chopped fresh veggies (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, peppers, etc.)
    Add cheese if desired
    Serve cold
    Kimebs

    Answer by Kimebs at 10:35 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

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