I, of course made the sweets. We had cupcakes, chocolate and lemon flavor, tiramisu in small cups, brownie bits and rice krispy treats. We save a lot buy doing it ourselves. The cupcake cups were from the 99cent Only Store. The clear tiramisu containers were actually sauce cups from Amazon.
We bought a majority of our food from Costco. For the decorations, I recycled ones used from my baby shower at work. Other things like table covers and such, we hit the dollar stores like Dollar Tree and 99cent Only. For the main course, we had sirloin steak, sirloin burgers and hot dogs. We buy the steak log from Costco, they range from $160 to $200 depending on their weight. The only picture I was able to get was one of our guest's burger creation. Doesn't that look delicious?
So, just to sum it up on how saved money:
We baked all the sweets, asked friends to make banners, recycled decorations, buy in bulk from Costco, cut your own salad and fruits. Ask family to make their specialty foods ( we had egg rolls and fried rice) The dollar stores have a great selection of condiments, but if you use coupons and plan ahead, you can get some great deals at Target too. We also keep our choices simple. We so don't buy food that would easily spoiled, such as potato salad.