5 Party Appetizers That Won't Break the Bank

It's party season! We're turning our focus to entertaining and all that it entails. So I thought that today we could back up and look back at the beginning of a meal: appetizers. Whether you're hosting a graduation get-together, a wedding reception, or a simple brunch for friends — appetizers are a big consideration. When I planned my mom's 60th birthday bash I learned quickly that the costs add up. Fast.

So, in an effort not to break the bank, my sisters and I did some appetizer research like you wouldn't believe. We planned a menu that consists of simple bites that we'd really like to eat: nothing fussy, nothing too pricey.

And I thought I'd share a few of our ideas with you here today. From a simple dip to incredible olives, these bites will keep guests occupied, delighted, and satiated while standing around enjoying each others' company. And isn't that what any good party is all about, anyway?

Herb-Marinated Feta and Olives - Epicurious
Zucchini Toasts - Sprouted Kitchen
Hank's Tomatillo Avocado Dip - The Hungry Texan
Cheese Straws - Saveur
White Bean Hummus - Orangette

What are your favorite crowd-pleasing yet economical appetizers?

Related: Crusty Bites: 10 Appetizers Served on Toast

(Image: Megan Gordon)

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