Post # 1
Hi Ladies, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for number of passed hor d’ourves and food stations during the 1 hour cocktail hour. I know food stations are desired by many but also can be very costly at the same time. Any ideas?
Post # 3
How many guests are you inviting? Have you talked to your caterer or are you doing self-catered?
We’ll probably do stationary hor d’ourves which can be a little more expensive because you don’t have waiters regulating the intake (aka: Uncle Bill can eat as many canapes as he wants!). I think passed vs. stationary is a personal preference and I doubt your guests would judge you either way.
On the other hand, if you’re talking about “food stations” like sushi chefs preparing custom rolls or a carving station…? That can get expensive real fast and is way not necessary in my opinion! I’d rather do a carving station for dinner than cocktail hour!
If you can’t get the info from your caterer, there are a lot of calculators online that can help you decide. General rule of thumb though is 8 – 10 “pieces” per person, though of course that varies depending on what kind of food you’re serving.
Post # 4
I am having approx. 150ppl. I am going to discuss it further with the caterer but I agree with you. Thanks for the tip about finding on line calculators that does help. I actually was more concerned with variety and making sure that I don’t have to many guests waiting in line for 1 pasta station so I may add a second one if it is affordable. Thanks for your help and advice:)
Post # 5
our wedding coordinator told us 3-4 pieces per person, per hour. hope that helps!
Post # 6
We are having a cocktail hour and we calculated only 4 passed hor d’ourves per person. Now I am worried that isn’t enough!! I had read that if you are having a sit-down dinner shortly after the cocktail hour, then 3-4 pieces per person was sufficient. If I were to up that to 8-10, my budget would be blown!
Post # 7
@delight: I personally wouldn’t do 8-10 – especially if you’re paying for a meal right after cocktail hour! you want people to enjoy the food 🙂 and the dessert!