How many extra plates for buffet?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’m in the same boat! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This was a pretty arbitrary decision, but I’m getting around 30% extra. I will have 80 guests max at the welcome dinner, so I will order 110 plates. I hope that’s enough! 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@CoCoCourtney:  There should be plenty of food after the first round because its too difficult to know exactly how much and what people wil eat at a buffet. The last thing you want is for the last people to only have a choice of a few items or the last remnants of something.  There should be enough for some people to come back up for seconds of something.

I am assuming someone else is cooking the food so they will know how much to make for your party. If its a caterer ask them how many plates they recommend. That is the business they are in.

HOwever, its generally standard to have 1.25 plates per person to allow for seconds. So 25% more or about 38 plates in your case. I would also have clean silverware for these extra plates too.

Are you buying glasses as well? 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@CoCoCourtney:  Make sure people know they have the same glass all night or they are likely to lose it and be looking for more.

Generally the rule of thumb is one glass per person per hour with a bar. If your not having a bar you should be just fine with just the mason jar, but agai nthey should know this. 

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