Call me cupcake: Soft gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberries. Needs more moisture -look for another recipe, but the frosting was great & the mild cake sweetness and spice was right. (Add applesauce or molasses?
To save money on food: fill small metal buckets with fresh fruit, nuts, veggies and dressings for salad bar. (Note comment about lining buckets first--might be good idea if you don't know if they're food safe)