Budget And Delicious Food For College Party

Going off to college may give you that first taste of freedom. You have no parents to tell you off when you stumble through the door at two in the morning after a great party. What’s more, nobody prevents you from throwing your own party! Whether you want to make it big or small, you need to provide good food for your guests. Below you will find an amazing list of inexpensive party food ideas, so you can learn what to serve even on a tight student budget. But first, check an important tip for students!


Do not forget about studying

Of course, having fun is a part of college life. Parties bring positive emotions and provide unforgettable memories. They help you to make new friends and maybe even build lifelong relationships. Going to a party is a great way to recharge yourself and clear up the mind after classes. But sometimes students forget about math homework assignments and get absorbed with the nightlife and forget about their studies. Naturally, it leads to negative consequences, such as poor grades and failed exams.

That’s why it’s important to find the right balance between your studies and leisure activities. You should always complete your assignments due to the deadline date and properly prepare for your assessments. If you have difficulties with your writing tasks, you can check the Edubirdie Examples page that contains tons of essay samples on various topics. By following some expert examples, you will complete an excellent paper and improve your grades. If you keep up with the studies, why not celebrate it with a  party? Read how to make it great below.

The best party foods ideas

Pasta bar

To make a filling dinner party, organize a pasta bar. You can provide several different types of pre-cooked pasta and offer a variety of sauces and toppings for your guests. Also, put on the table Italian sausage, chicken, meatballs, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and sautéed spinach. Your pasta bar will look more complete with grated Parmesan, chopped basil and hot pepper flakes. Besides, you can ask your friends to bring green salads and breads to have a wider food choice.


Dip party

To save money, ask everyone to bring a creative dip to your party. They can be salsa, guacamole, hummus, bean dip, cheese, onion dip, sweet cream cheese, whipped cream. Get some dipping items like waffles, chips, marshmallows, Turkish delights, apple wedges, crackers, cookies and anything else you like. This is an easy but still very delicious option.

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Taco bar


Is there anybody who doesn’t love tacos? Buy everything one would need for a taco and let your guests build it on their own! For sure, it must be fun. Besides, everybody will enjoy something to their taste. Tacos are not only simple to make but also easy on your wallet. You can offer the following fillings for tacos: ground beef, spicy chicken, seasoned black beans, fresh chopped onion, shredded cheese, pickled jalapenos, chopped lettuce, and tomatoes.

Snack boards

Think what you and your friends like and serve snack boards depending on that. This is a simple idea that doesn’t require much time. Build your snack board with fruits like strawberries, cherries, dried cranberries, and apricots and add some cheese there, for example, Cheddar, Brie, Gouda and Parmesan. You can also put baguettes, nut thins, pita chips and pretzels, supplementing them with dips like hummus, salsa and guacamole.

Home-made parfaits


If you are going to throw a brunch party, why not make your own parfaits? For those, you’ll need just several main ingredients: yogurt, granola, fresh fruit and some superfoods. For example, you can mix Açai berries, frozen banana, honey, pomegranate seeds and crunchy granola. Another great recipe to try includes strawberries, vanilla-scented whipped cream, melted marshmallows, and crumbled meringue cookies. You can experiment with different products and even invent your own recipe, there are no rules!

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Sandwich bar

To create a sandwich bar on a budget, you can use homemade hamburger buns, baguette, whole wheat focaccia, Italian sandwich rolls and pita bread as a basis. Some great fillings could be sliced turkey breast, grilled chicken, canned tuna, hard boiled eggs and sliced cheese. Complete your bar with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, bell pepper, cucumbers and bacon. Let everybody make their unique perfect sandwich.

Final thoughts

Student life would be really boring without parties. And there is no need to spend tons of money on them. You can have a party even if you live on a tight budget. Hopefully, the ideas offered in this article will help you organize a nice gathering with your friends.

Author’s BIO

James Collins is a life coach and academic tutor for college students. He helps young people achieve ambitious study goals fast and effectively. James believes that great academic success is impossible without proper rest, so in his free time he organizes parties for youths. Since James’ passion is cooking, he prepares all the food for those parties by himself.

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2 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    You don’t need to be in college to appreciate this advice! Solid tips for anyone on a budget.

  2. Some really good tips for work/school/life balance!

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