11 Cheap, Easy, and Quality Party Snack Ideas for Adults

You want to throw a quality party, but not break the bank?

Party snacks may be your downfall.

Given the size and number of options in typical grocery store snack aisles, the problem is not in having limited choices, but in finding the highest quality, lowest cost options.

A popular party charcuterie board that serves 8-10 people costs around $130.

Making your own will cost around $85. Still pricy. But if you’re interested I would recommend one of these options: Make a Perfect Charcuterie or How to Make Charcuterie Step-by-Step.

However, if you’re looking for ultra cheap party snacks with a little more adult sophistication, this article will be your guide. Serve many more for much less…than $85.

Enjoy fast, easy, inexpensive snacks in the following categories:

  • Ready-to-eat
  • Cooking (required)
  • Sweet
  • Healthy


5 Quick Elevated Adult Snacks

For minimal effort and minimal cost, grab a few of the following super cheap party snacks from your local grocery store (Walmart will usually be the cheapest). The whole list provides 52 servings of food for only $25.00.


6 Super Simple Adult Snack Recipes

If you prefer to give your snacks a more gourmet touch, try one of these appetizer, sweet, or healthy snack recipes. All of them individually serve at least 8 people and cost less than $6.00 to make.

Cream Cheese Chili Dip

Cost $5; Serves 8Detailed Recipe Here

  • 1 can chili +$1.50
  • 1 package cream cheese +$1.50
  • 1 bag tortilla chips +$2.00

Pigs in a Blanket

Cost $6.00; Serves 48Detailed Recipe Here

  • 1 package mini hotdogs or luxury sausages +$3.50 to +$7.00
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough +$1.25 x2
  • (Optional) 1 Container Condiment +$3.50


Marshmallow Cereal Treats

Cost $4.25; Serves 18Detailed Recipe Here

  • 1 box cereal of your choice +$2.50
  • 1 bag marshmallows +$1.00
  • 1 stick butter +$0.75

Cake Mix Cookies

Cost $2.00; Serves 15Detailed Recipe Here

  • 1 box cake mix +$1.50
  • 2 large eggs +$0.25
  • 1/2 cup oil +$0.25


Fruit Dip

Cost $5.50; Serves 8Detailed Recipe Here

  • ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt +$0.50
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter +$0.50
  • 3 tablespoons honey +$0.50
  • apples +$4.00

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Cost $2.00; Serves 15Detailed Recipe Here

  • 2 medium bananas +$0.50
  • 1 cup oats +$0.50
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips +$1.00

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