Post # 1
My guest list is 460 people, so I am wanting to try and be as cheap as possible. With our caterer serving at $4 a person, I was wondering if small children should be included in the numbers. It’s not like I have only a few kids, I have 104 children on my guest list! Is there an age at which children should be considered an adult eater? I could really use some help on this!!
Post # 3
I would think age 12 and below is a kid entree, over 12 and thats an adult entree. That’s just usually the way it is at restaurants with the kids menu. If it’s a young baby the mother will probably bring something, so you probably don’t need to worry about that.
Post # 4
Most vendors I had spoke with considered 3 to 12 years a child and over 12 an adult. Children under 3 years were not counted – they would nibble off their mom/dad’s plate or have their own snacks that their parents would provide.
Post # 5
Wow you have a lot of people!!! Most kids are considered ages 3-11 and have special pricing and under 3 would be free. Just out of curiousity, what are you serving that its only $4 per person. Thats an amazing deal!
Post # 6
Our caterer has a sliding scale charge based on age, older than 12 is full price, 5-12 years is half price, and under 5 is no charge.
Post # 7
I agree 12 and up is an adult. I must add that I am super jealous, my caterer charges everyone the same. I have to pay for food and an open bar for about 10 kids under the age of 10, including an infant!
Post # 8
Ask your caterer! The age cutoffs can vary a lot depending on the caterer. While the other bees might be right in their estimates, it’s the caterer that decides how much to charge you, so they are the best resource for that.
Post # 9
It is a buffet dinner, so we just need an estimate. I do not want to have a ton of leftover food, but if we do have a lot of leftovers, we are going to donate it to the local nursing home. I was just wondering if children should be included in the head count?
Post # 10
Talk to your caterer since most offer kids’ meals with the cutoff being 12 as a child and 13 as an adult. However, some younger than 12 may prefer adult meals and some older than 13 may prefer kids’ meals. Every single guest, regardless of age, who will be eating needs to be included in the final count. Otherwise the caterer won’t know to fix the proper amount of food and the kids won’t get to eat.
Post # 11
I am doing a buffet For every two kids under 6 I counted one person they don’t each much. over 6 I counted as one