When it comes to garden party snacks, it's hard to beat a basic cheese plate. They're easy to assemble, don't require cooking, and don't have to cost a lot -- all you need are a few types of cheese and a thinly sliced baguette. If you want to go whole hog, throw in some olives, slice up a few apples, and add in some slices of prociutto or sopressata.
If you want to go with something a little more summery, chilled gazpacho
is a good option. The simple Spanish soup is tasty and inexpensive to make. And, if you really want to impress your guests, check out this watermelon blueberry gazpacho
recipe from Food Republic: it's sweet, spicy, and absolutely distinctive!