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Inexpensive party food

I need some ideas for inexpensive party foods for about 20 people. I have the trays to keep foods hot and crockpots as well. I want foods that won't take too long and are relatively easy to prepare.

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  1. Do you want aps or main courses/sides?

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    1. re: Vidute

      I want both. it is a 40th birthday party.

    2. Also, what kind of get together? Football game, Christmas party, Winter Equinox, etc.?

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      1. assorted cheeses on tooth picks/crackers/sliced assortment of sliced sausages on tooth picks.

        1. Have a soup smorgasbord, with 4 or more choices (include chunky, pureed, thin, and a chili), with assorted garnishes like sour cream, shredded cheese, chives, croutons, plus crusty bread/rolls and good butter.

          1. Fried/ baked chickpeas. Meatballs in sauce in the crockpot (can serve on slider rolls, if you want to make them more of a meal). Assorted sausages cut into pieces, with peppers/onions or sauerkraut all baked in the crockpot.