I am giving a party at which I expect about 100 people--could be 150 but I'll know a week ahead how many. I am looking for good ideas for less expensive foods to make. The expensive ones I can think of myself! ;)
Some make-aheads would also be good. I was already thinking creamed mushroom tarts (not cheap), baklava, hummus, and focaccia (not a make-ahead). These are kind of my hit parade. I'm planning on both savory and sweet. I don't like chick peas but it is an easy, cheap, healthy thing to include. People who tell me they love hummus come to my parties and the other stuff is vacuumed up, and the hummus is never all gone! I've made roasted garlic hummus, also roasted red pepper. That gets $$$.