About 4 years ago, Jessica was turning 17 and deciding how to celebrate her birthday without blowing the family budget. Money was super tight back then with Darren only working one day a week and myself cleaning homes two days a week. We've always celebrated each birthday with a party or dinner out no matter how much money we've had. Birthdays are important and worthy of a celebration.
After much deliberation Jessica decided to have four or five of her friends over to watch a movie. Homemade sausage rolls and mini quiches were on the list. For sweets she decided on a few slices and MOO ( make our own ) sundaes. MOO sundaes have been a big hit with the teens. We've just put out a tub of no name vanilla icecream, choc topping, nuts and a few bowls of small lollies and let the teens design their own desserts.
Other party food I've made in previous years for my girls have been -
Jelly and custard cups
Bbq ( generally sausages in bread with toppings )
Dip and biscuit platters
Scones, jam and cream
As well as the sausage rolls and mini quiches. I've found homemade food is a bigger hit than a bowl of chips. Over the years I've also cut down on the food too as ' less is more ' seems to work better. It reduces food waste and reduces the cost.
Whatever food I make is made on a budget and most of the ingredients I already have. The money comes out of my food slush fund so that I don't break the budget. Generally for a larger party I make three savoury dishes and three sweet.
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