(Closed) Cheap DIY Appetizers

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4097 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@s12578:  pigs in a blanket, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, pierogies w/ sour cream, buffalo wings, pretzel bites, mozzarella sticks, shrimp cocktail, pizza bagels, spinach & artichoke  dip w/ tortilla chips, cheese fondue…

if you have a Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Costco – any of those places, you can buy appetizers in bulk and just pop ’em in the oven real quick.

Post # 4
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014


and I’m thinking I may get some trays that Walmart deli makes.

Post # 5
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Following, need ideas for my cocktail reception since I want to make as much as I can too.

Post # 6
206 posts
Helper bee


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If this is DIY, I would do a majority of cold apps and two or three hot apps.

My cold apps would be ( If I was planning a DIY menu)

A cheeseball shaped as a wedding cake (feeds a lot) with baskets of assorted crackers and sliced breads.

Stuffed new potatoes (A take on deviled eggs-can be served hot or cold I would serve cold or room temp, can also be prepared as a Veggie option minus the bacon, I would do half no bacon, no one would miss it)

A meat and cheese platter (This would depend on if you are having a lighter meal after apps and if your budget is open to buying bulk meat. Buy an inexpensive meat slicer and slice it yourself. GFS sells the deli meat whole. Same with cheese) Bread and buns with condiments.

Roasted veggies & fruit tray (veggies can be roasted (such as eggplant, peppers, onions, squash etc. in olive oil the day before and I would serve at room temp) Fruit tray – I would have a store do. But it could get expensive but I would omit if budget doesn’t allow. Also depending on where you are located and what time of year your wedding is, there could be a limited amount of produce at good prices.

Hot apps:

Cocktail franks/sweet and sour meatballs- (Chafing dish item. If your wedding is casual I would use crockpots. I would use all beef franks/meatballs just incase there is anyone who doesn’t eat pork attending. GFS has large cans of a variety of sauces for cheap.)

Nacho bar- You can rent those dispensers or again use a crockpot. Those giant cans of cheese sauce at Sams and GFS are like $5 and make a lot of servings! Buy bulk chips, bulk peppers, salsa, and black olives and there ya go! You can even get those paper cartons cheap too.

Hope this helps!

Also, theres a website available that has all kinds of wedding menus, quanity amounts and recipes.


Post # 7
1441 posts
Bumble bee

hummus / pita chips or crackers / olive tapenade easily made ahead and actually better if they set overnight.  Hummus especially is very inexpensive to make.

Marinade chicken tenders, thread on skewer and broil.  May be served hot or cold. 

caprese bites – grape tomatoes cut in half  leaf of fresh basil and slice of moz. cheese placed in center then skewered together.

Tartlette pan lined wiht won-ton wrapper and filled with any kind of filling you like:  asian salad bites, mexican/taco type bites, pulled pork bites

Cilantro lime shrimp



Post # 8
452 posts
Helper bee

@s12578:  I have been thinking about this too! I would only do seafood if you have a good way to keep it cold and fresh! Some PP already mention similar so if I repeat it’s because I agree it’s a good idea. Here are some things I have thought of that would be easy and also look nice:


Fruit Kabobs (on skewers)

Hummus and pita bread or veggies

Mixed Nuts


Stacked Caprese Salad (Basil, Mozarella and Tomato stacked)

Smoked Salmon w cucumber slices, capers, red onions, mini toasts


Baked encrusted brie wheels with crackers / Baked Goat Cheese

Crab Dip or Artichoke Dip

Flatbread pizza (pesto works well)


Mini Quiche

Toasted Ravioli w/marinera dip

Meat, cheese, or ham and cheese empanadas

Crab cakes

Meatloaf stacked on Mashed Potatos or Mac’n Cheese casserole (served in mini muffin cups)

Okay, I am getting pretty hungry now Smile

Post # 9
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Fruit and veggies are always a safe option that many people enjoy.  You can scoop out cantelope, honeydew and watermelon with a scooper to make them look nice. 

Mini-muffin mac-n-cheese is a hot option.  It’s much easier than it sounds and can be totally affordable. 

If you have access to a fryer (just an at-home model) crab rangoons look fancy but they’re pretty affordable. You can also bake them, which will make life easier.  Fake crab meat and cream cheese can be bought in bulk at Sam’s/Costco/BJ’s and wonton wrappers can be bought in an Asian grocery or the local grocery store. 

Great post!  I love the ideas so far!


Post # 10
2024 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had melon balls with a thin strip of prosciutto on toothpicks once—so good!  Much cheaper than the full-size version, as one pack of prosciutto can garnish 2-3 melons.

Post # 11
2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

For hot apps we are having:

Vegetarian sausage rolls (my friend makes them using supermarket puff pastry and vegan meat substitute – they actually taste the same as regular sausage rolls).


Moroccan chicken pastries

Lamb and pinenut filo pastries 

All of these will be DIY, made with supermarket pastry from the freezer. they will be made some weeks in advance and frozen, then reheated on the day.

For cold apps we are having:

Cheese, olives and meat platter from a local deli (cheap because my Fiance knows the owner)

Zucchini slice (this recipe): http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/5546/zucchini+slice

Sushi platter from a local store 

Post # 11
771 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Blue Hound Farm



Post # 12
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Roasted veggie tray is a great idea! All you need are big jars of roasted peppers, mushrooms, and olives in oil. Mix in with some fresh crunchy veggies. Add some tall vases of breadsticks and it’s an instant antipasto station.

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