This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.
Whether it’s poolside parties in the middle of summer or holiday get-togethers as fall melts into winter, rarely a season goes by when there won’t be an occasion to host a party or gathering of friends and family. But when you’re trying to save your hard-earned cash, throwing a shindig can get pricey. Fortunately, it’s totally possible to host a party without spending a pretty penny. It comes down to developing a clever approach for preparing one of the most important components of any party: the appetizers.
Regardless of the occasion or event, appetizers are essential for getting the party started. They’re extremely easy to split and share, making them ideal for entertaining a large group of guests. And thanks to the bite-sized nature of party appetizers, they’re perfect for keeping everyone occupied while they socialize and chat the day away. It doesn’t hurt that there’s less cleanup, too.