TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — With the prices of groceries skyrocketing, it will likely cost you more money to throw a Fourth of July party.

The crew of WTWO Today went into the kitchen Friday morning to share some of their favorite tasty side dishes to brighten up your holiday party, without breaking the bank.

Jaime’s Oreo Fluff – Costs around $13.00 to make

2 boxes Oreo’s

2 boxes vanilla pudding

1 jar marshmallow fluff

1 small container Cool Whip


1. Make the vanilla pudding according to box directions, then set it aside.

2. Open 1 box Oreo’s and removed the cream. Once this is done you crush up the Oreo cookies. ( I don’t like to use the cream because it makes it to sweet and rich. If you like that then you can crush the Oreo’s up with the cream still in them.).  Add the crushed Oreo’s to your pudding.

3. Open the marshmallow fluff and microwave it for 30 seconds, then add to your pudding and Oreos.  Mix it all together well.

4. Take your Cool Whip and fold into mixture until smooth.

5. Use the other box of Oreos and remove the cream and chop up in small pieces. Then sprinkle on the top of the mix. 

6. Refrigerate for about an hour for it to set up and then serve. Refrigerate leftovers. 

Amy’s Corn salad – Costs around $8.00 to make

Corn salad recipe

2 cans of southwest corn

1 cup of mayonnaise 

1/3 cup or sour cream

1 package of shredded cheese 

1 bag of fries


  1. Put the corn and the mayonnaise and sour cream in a bowl and mix it together.
  2. Add the shredded cheese.
  3. Let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Right before you eat, add Fritos and stir together and put more fruits on top.

David’s Ranch Pasta Salad – Costs around $10.00 to make

1 box of pasta

1 bottle of ranch dressing

1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

1 bag of bacon bits

1 container of feta cheese

1 bag of croutons


  1. Make the pasta first, then refrigerate to cool
  2. Add ranch dressing, cheese, bacon bits and feta
  3. Refrigerate until cold then serve
  4. Before serving, add croutons

Lisa’s Cheesecake Filled Strawberries – Costs around $5.00 to make

1 box of No Bake Cheesecake Mix

1 container of Strawberries

1 ½ cups of milk (for the mix)


  1. Prepare cheesecake mix using the milk, set aside graham cracker crust mix
  2. Hollow out strawberries and fill with no-bake mix.
  3. Use the graham crackers to dip strawberry.