(Closed) Hors d’oeuvres/desserts – how many per person?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@adias.angel, this a great post. I am interested in what the others have to say.

For the other Bees, how many Hors D’oeuves would you say need to be provided per person during the cocktail hour when a sit down dinner is provided?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would suggest over-ordering, definately. You should probably get 3-7 of each hors d’ouvre per person, and 2-3 of each desert. People tend to eat more of the savouries and less deserts at such events (though you may want to order extra deserts and some cute take-out containers to allow people to take a desert of their choice home with them). =) Alternatively, if you know that one or two of the hors d’ouvres is/are going to be more popular with your guests, order more of those (5-7 per guest; 3 for deserts), and less of the others (3 for hors d’ouvres; 2 for deserts).

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

For the hors d’oeuvres, or amuse-bouches as they are actually called in France :), I would count 8 per person for a one-hour cocktail.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@RoddyBride09

Does your cocktail hour head straight into dinner? If so, I might suggest 2-3 hors d’ouvres (total) per person. Which probably means ordering 2-3 kinds of hors d’ouvres, and ordering 2-3 of each per person, just in case people want more than one of one, and none of the other. =) You’ll end up with leftovers, but your guests will be happy.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Thank you Jenniphyr!

To answer your question, yes, my cocktail hour leads directly into the dinner.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We are having 4 different types of hor d’oeuves allowing our guests to have one of each. That’s the typical rule of thumb. You don’t want to have a ton of extra food wasting away. Plus we are having dinner at our reception.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

With a 7 pm reception, I’m guessing your ceremony is not earlier than 5.  If I were a guest at a 5 pm wedding, I’d probably come expecting dinner, so I’d recommend at least 10 pieces per guest.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

My husband was a chef for many years. The rule is 3-4 per hour per person.  I know that sounds like alot but it really isn’t if that’s all you are serving.  For 100 people at a 3 hour event..we would have 900 appetizers ready.  That said..it sounds like you are going Mexican so I’d consider adding a couple more Mexican appetizers…Mexican shrimp cocktail served in plastic champagne glasses is really classy and not hard to make.  We put about 3 shrimp per person…www.allrecipes.com.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I think you need a couple of more app choices. Maybe a salsa bar with chips to go with the mexican theme? A couple of different kinds of good salsa, guac and different chips would be easy to do and people will munch and fill up. I would also have some sort of filling protein option. Mini tacos are cute? I assume your empanadas will have beef or chicken? 7pm is kind of dinner time to most people and they will probably come expecting heavy apps. Also, you don’t want people drinking too much without enough food. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

i was planning on having 400 pieces for 100 guest for a one hour cocktail hour, i think that will be enough because the dinner comes in a big portion so i don’t want them to be stuffed from cocktail hour!

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