Big Flavors, Bite-Sized Costs

Planning the perfect party? With these money-saving tips and budget-friendly recipes, you can dazzle with few dollars and entertain with ease.


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Looking to make a big impact on your party guests, not your bank account, this holiday? Swap a sit-down dinner for delicious small bites. Wow your guests with Creamy Mushroom-Leek Spread opens in a new tab, Shrimp with Pineapple-Ginger Dipping Sauce opens in a new tab, Cranberry-Orange Braised Beef on Ciabatta opens in a new tab and more.

Here are our favorite money-saving tips and budget-friendly recipes so you can be the host with the most and still keep the jingle in your pocket.

7 Ways to Cut Down on Spending

Start saving from the get-to with these money-savings tips:

  1. Click for coupons. Coupons are available online at opens in a new tab; print more before every shopping trip!

  2. Shop the sales. Thousands of items are on sale in your store right now; look for the sale signs and save. See what’s on sale opens in a new tab at your store before you plan the menu.

  3. Go for 365 Everyday Value®. Tastefully entertain with high-quality holiday basics at everyday value prices. We offer hundreds of organic selections too!

  4. Get more for less. Get volume discounts on many items when you buy a full case or more than a specific amount at once. Get the details at Customer Service.

  5. Bulk bin buying. Buying from bulk bins lets you get just the amount you need without paying for excess packaging.

  6. Hit the bar. Shop our stores’ salad bars when you need very small amounts of vegetables. Ingredients are prewashed, pre-chopped and often organic!

  7. Cut your costs in half. If you need only half a fish fillet, piece of cheese or loaf of fresh bread, we’re happy to provide just the half you need.

How Many Party Apps Should I Serve?

Prevent waste or hungry guests. Here’s our recommendation, per guest:

  • Dip or spread — ¼ cup dip (plus dippers)

  • Hors d’oeuvres — 5 pieces

  • Shrimp — 4-6 medium or large shrimp

  • Olives or antipasti — ½ cup

  • Cheese — 2 ounces

Let’s Eat!

Feast on these wallet-savvy small bites and then check out more of our favorite holiday recipes opens in a new tab including festive cocktails to complete your menu.

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Still hungry? Check out our Homemade Holiday video collection opens in a new tab, which features step-by step instructions for recipes like Spiced Almond-Date Bites, Mushroom and Chard Bruschetta and Mini Frittatas with Romesco Sauce.

We also have online ordering opens in a new tab for holiday parties including entrées, sides, desserts, party platters, appetizers and more. Shop now. Pick everything up at your local Whole Foods Market opens in a new tab later.

Crostini? Bacon-wrapped asparagus? A savory tart? What are your go-to recipes for a small-bite holiday soirée? 

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