Post # 1
Hi bees!! Need some advice.. I’m having a dessert table for my wedding… we’re catering for 250-270 people (just in case) and I was planning on having;
100 mini gateau operas
100 mini cheesecakes
tons of my favourite chocolate chip cookies
Would that be enough? I’m thinking to up it to 150 of each, but I don’t want to be left with a TON of desserts at the end of the night.
Post # 3
IMO I don’t think that’s enough. The problem is that you are basically assuming that each person is only going to take one serving of the specialty desserts and then a handful of chocolate chip cookies (250-270 people, 300 servings of specialty/non-cookie desserts). Based on my experiences at buffets (and with our own dessert buffet), I would assume that each person takes at least 2 out of the 3 options available (of the three fancy desserts), especially if the portions are smaller. People like to taste and sample things, even though they may not finish them.
Our dessert buffet had about 8 selections for 70 people and each person loaded at least 4-5 selections on their plates. Several went back for multiple servings, as we did more of dessert bites rather than full pieces of desserts. I’m not sure how many pieces we paid for as our caterer charged per person, not per piece.
Post # 4
I think it’s borderline – people become greedy when presented to options and many guests will simply pick one of each… If you do go ahead with this selection, put the chocolate chip cookies first and give them small plates so that they literally can’t fit too much on it!
Post # 5
@FutureMrsCooke: Well, I’d be sure to have 1 of each for each guest and then lots of cookies..maybe an assortment instead of just chocolate chip.
Post # 6
I usually take one of each, assuming there will be enough because there always is. In other words, I don’t think this will be enough.
Post # 7
I agree. not enough. I’d bump your numbers up
Post # 8
I agree with all the PPs – I’d plan for at least 2-3 pieces per person.
Post # 9
I don’t think it’s enough for that many people. If they’re small desserts, your guests are more likely to grab more than one. What if you did more types of desserts, but less of them? I would try to plan for at least 2 per person, possibly more.