Save money on wedding food and provide a nice experience for your guests! These easy tips will help you plan your wedding menu without breaking the budget!
Planing your wedding menu can be a little bit stressful and very expensive if you’re not careful but it is possible to save money on wedding food and still provide a nice experience for your guests.
Inexpensive Wedding Menus:
I will mostly be giving hints for what I call a “finger food buffet”. Finger foods are a good way to save money on wedding food, making a happy medium between just cake and punch and a sit-down dinner. Be sure to pick things that can be prepared in advance to make it easier.
The things I list are just a few ideas of things that you could use for your wedding menu. Some wedding foods will be more expensive than others. Use only what will fit into your budget.
Large platters of fruit with or without dips
Large platters of veggies with or without dip
Cheese and Cracker Platter
Cold Cut Platter
Mints*, nuts or spiced nutsAdditional Wedding Food Tips:
If you want to go one step further than just finger foods, you can add in any number of different types of salads.
Everything you serve should be attractively cut, arranged on platters and garnished. You can buy some very nice silver or crystal like platters at party stores. Don’t forget to plan for decorations for the food table.
This all may seem like a lot of work but remember, you can do a good portion ahead of time, you don’t have to serve everything listed and enlist help. Also you can cut corners in some areas. For example I will be giving you a recipe for wedding mints to make but if you don’t have time for those, just substitute some of those pastel party mints that you can buy. In the same way if you don’t want the work of “tea” sandwiches, just have a cold cut platter.
Try this yummy Molded Party Mints Recipe!
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Here’s an easy how-to tip to save money growing your own green onions in the house. It’s easy to plant and grow fresh green onions and they make a great topping for many kinds of foods!
We love green onions around here and I’ve often grown them in the garden! Even though we are moving, I decided to throw some green onion sets in a pot and save some money. A bag of green onion sets cost $1.49 for 80. A bunch of green onions in the store costs over $1.00. Once they start growing you can harvest several batches of green onions and save a lot of money!
Just put a few onion sets one inch apart in the bottom of your pot.
Cover with soil, water and set in a sunny window. In a week you will have a great bunch of green onions to start enjoying! -Tawra
Here’s an easy and free homemade hair conditioner that will make your hair feel silky and soft like nothing else!
Boy, I bet that title got everyone’s attention! We love free and we especially love homemade. It’s funny– I remember when I was younger how the word homemade made everyone turn their noses up and gasp in horror. Things really have a way of coming and going with different generations.
Anyway back to the hair conditioner. There is one type of hair conditioner I rarely hear mentioned and I love it for my long hair. Of all of the products I have tried in my 60 plus (ouch) years this still makes my hair feel silky and soft like nothing else and the added bonus is, it’s free!
What is it? Rain water. Yes you read me right. When we have a downpour, I will either stick my head out and let it get rained on and/or I will set bowls out to catch the rain water for me and then I will put in a pitcher to use it.Here are a couple of things to note about this hair conditioner:
1. Wider shallow bowls work best to catch the rain water, even something like a 9×13 pan because it is spread out over more surface area. Set out more than one container because you really don’t catch that much in one bowl. You don’t really need a huge amount because you are just coating your hair with it.
2. Use this as your very last rinse. Don’t re-rinse with regular water after you use this because it will defeat the purpose.
3. You can use this free hair conditioner in the winter too. It is even easier to use in the winter because I scoop large bowls of snow and let it melt to use later. When you use snow you can just pack it into a pitcher and let it melt in the pitcher.
4. You can save it. Just leave it in the pitcher after you’ve collected it and save it for your next shampoo.
This homemade strawberry fruit roll-ups recipe is an easy to make alternative to store bought fruit roll-ups. Great for school lunches, picnics, road trips and more!
3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries*
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
Place strawberries in a blender and process until smooth. Measure 2 cups of strawberry puree. Stir in lemon juice and corn syrup. Line a 15×10 inch jellyroll pan with parchment paper. Pour strawberry mixture in prepared pan and spread thin, leaving 1 inch on all sides. You can adjust this to fit your dehydrator or another pan; be sure it is spread thin on the pan. Dry in an oven at 150° or a dehydrator for 7-8 hours or until surface is no longer sticky. Remove leather from pan while still warm and roll up jellyroll fashion. Cut into logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Make five 2 inch logs.
*Any other fruit may be used in place of the strawberries.
For more quick and easy recipes like this easy strawberry fruit roll-ups recipe, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!
Homemade cookies are a yummy dessert that virtually everyone loves for any occasion! Try these easy tips that will help you make homemade cookies easier!
Click here to get the Dining On A Dime Cookbook, with tasty recipes and great tips to make your life easier and save you money!
This homemade milk bath recipe and homemade beauty products make it easy spoil yourself without spending a lot! Take a break with these easy recipes!
Lock yourself in the bathroom, put on some soothing music and light a candle… If you are lucky, you may have 5 minutes of peace and total quiet before your hubby and kids notice you are missing.
Every time I soak in the tub, I think of one of my favorite cartoons. It it shows the woman laying in a bubble bath and yelling to her husband, “We really need to get new faucets for this tub. I can’t turn these on and off with my toes.” " class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> " class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />
Here is a recipe for a homemade milk bath and tips that will help you relax and feel better!Milk Bath Recipe
3 cups dry milk
5-6 drops essential or fragrance oil
Mix ingredients and add ½ cup to your bath water. If you don’t have dry milk, try adding 2-3 tablespoons baby oil for a relaxing bath!
Eyes looking a little rough around the edges? Try cucumber slices or tea bags on the eyes to help reduce puffiness. Try it for half an hour while soaking in the tub.
To save money on manicures, don’t get them so often. Instead, use a nail buffer to shine nails between manicures.
Go to the local beauty school to have manicures, pedicures and facials. You can feel pampered without spending a fortune. Five bucks is a great deal for a facial!
After Christmas sales can offer many great deals on bath and beauty products. Purchase nail care kits after Christmas at half price. You can get several polishes and tools for $2-$4. If you family loves to receive perfume, cologne or aftershave, stock up after Christmas when gift sets are on clearance. Give for Mother’s Day, Father’s day, Birthday’s, etc.
For more easy recipes and tips for homemade beauty products, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!
These tips for cooking vegetables include easy ideas to prepare and cook your veggies, along with great ideas for spicing up various vegetable dishes!
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Spice up that corn!