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CrÍpe Party

Entertain on a budget with this low-cost crÍpe buffet.

For this crÍpe party, prepare all the food ahead of time and leave the fun part, the crÍpe-making, for last. Let everyone take a turn at the stove, then pile on sweet and savory fillings. Total party bill for six: $59.71 -- less than $10 a head. At that price, you can splurge on a bottle of sparkling wine, stir up some fizzy cocktails and make a toast to budget-friendly entertaining!

tips + how-tos

how to flip + shape a crÍpe

Flip It

1. Make one crÍpe as a throwaway: Like pancakes, the first one's always a dud.

2. As you pour in the batter, move the pan in a circular motion, tipping it to distribute the batter evenly.

3. When the crÍpe is cooked through, shake the bottom of the pan to loosen it, then quickly push the pan away from yourself to flip the crÍpe in the air. (The good old spatula method works well, too!)

Shape It

1. Just roll it up. Jelly-roll style.

2. Fold it in half and then in half again to form a triangle.

3. Fold in the sides and roll it up like a burrito


1. Grab some extra citrus and a bouquet of flowers at the supermarket.

2. Fill a large bowl with grapefruit and lemons, trim the flowers to about 3 inches and tuck the flowers between the fruit.

3. Add water until the stems are partially submerged.