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October 13th, 2008 admin

I like to throw a party as much as the next girl, but living on a teeny tiny budget doesn’t exactly make that easy.  With my student loans in repayment and my husband applying for med school, we’ve got to be pretty creative to have anyone over (much less feed them).  That’s why Waffle Night, our semi-weekly Sunday night soiree, is so perfect.

The 10 Dollar Party

Waffles may be the perfect party food-everyone seems to like them, and they feed a lot of people for not a lot of money.  Basically you buy a ½ gallon carton of buttermilk, a bag of flour, and some vegetable oil, and you’re good to go. The other ingredients you’ll probably have on hand if you cook at all. Best of all, we’ve fed up to 20 people with just waffles-that’s 50 cents per person!

Making it Affordable

The waffles themselves may be reasonable, but the accessories and toppings can rack up your bill-so do what we do, and get your guests to bring stuff.  Here are a few things you may need to assign/borrow:

  • Waffle iron
  • Syrups (our favorites are maple, chocolate, and strawberry)
  • Toppings (jam, candy, honey, peanut butter, sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc.)
  • Paper cups, plates, and napkins + plastic utensils (if you don’t want to do dishes)
  • Drinks (milk, orange/apple/grape juice, water, etc.)

The Waffle Recipe

So, our actual buttermilk waffle recipe is one of those top-secret family deals, but this waffle recipe looks pretty darn good. You can also mix it up and try having:

If you want to spend a little more, you could have everyone over for custom omelets or personal pizzas.

Do you have any cheap party ideas to share with the class? 🙂

photo: Waffles 4 by woodsy

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave W.  |  October 19th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I’m always excited to hear about people throwing waffle parties, and agree that it’s a great way to have fun on a limited budget – of course, you can always make them larger and more extravagant, as we have a tendency to do. If you’re ever in need of more recipes, feel free to check out some of the free ones I’ve posted at If you throw a big one next May, let us know so our readers can check yours out.

  • 2. Megan M.  |  February 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    When I was a senior in high school we would have a game night, but we really only played one game: a card game called Dalmudi. We would all wear funny hats and bring something to eat or drink from our pantry that we hadn’t used in a while, so we had a pretty interesting array of foods-icing in a can, leftovers from fancier parties, and off-brand sodas, some of which can be pretty good. As for the game, once you got past the rather complicated rules it was alot of fun-the game involves alot of getting up and switching places as well as a fair amount of insults being thrown around.

  • 3. Jamie  |  February 28th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Megan, I have totally played that game! And icing as a snack item–brilliant. Especially if its chocolate. 🙂

  • 4. SuzieQ  |  November 29th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Haven’t used it yet but going to Whole Foods in a few to grab some.
    Have you seen the new organic pancake and waffle stuff that comes in a can!!! It’s called Batter Blaster and my sister just called me after making them for her kids.
    Gotta try it!!!!

  • 5. Gabe  |  December 21st, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Pancakes from scratch w/ fresh maple syrup is my all time fave breakfast. Am I going to make it for myself anytime soon? Not bloody likely.
    However I just may have to try Batter Blaster – my kind of easy.
    Check it

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