(Closed) Dessert Buffet Help

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1260 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it depends on the size of your desserts. For example, people are likely to eat more per person if it is smaller, bite-size items like cookies. But if items are bigger (like full slices of cheesecake, pie, etc.) than you need less. Could you list some of the treats you are planning on using? It might make it easier.

I think if they are bite size, and you are having a good meal, perhaps 4 pieces of bite size treats is a generous option? If using bigger options, more like one or two, especially if you are having wedding cake on top of it. A friend of mine had a dessert buffet with large options (pie, cheesecake) and barely ANYONE touched her beautiful cake.

This is a toughy! Anyone have any better suggestions?


Post # 4
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

1.5 seems like a small estimation. I would get as many as possible within budget — people tend to consume more at buffets than if they are being served.

Post # 5
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i definitely think it depends on the size of desserts. if they’re small, people in my family are likely to take a bunch of them. we’re tasters.

Post # 6
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Agreed, it depends on what types of desserts you have, but honestly, if you are having a whole buffet, I think 1.5 would be accurate.

For example, we just have cupcakes at our wedding & I had the same question, how many? Everyone recommended for me to order 1.5 cupcakes per person and it was the perfect amount!

Post # 7
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would go with 2 recommended servings per guest. good luck! i love the desert buffet idea! 

Post # 8
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

hmm. i would have to disagree with everyone. i have been to two dessert buffet receptions this past summer and both times the quantities were vastly underestimated. Both did a chocolate dessert buffet with small bite size quantities like truffles, petit fours, brownie bites, cookies, dipped fruit, small bite size cakes etc.  And everyone was starving since it wasn’t enough…esp. us since Dh and i tend to wait until the crowd dies down before heading over to get food.  the 2nd one i think we both got chocolate pretzels and chocolate strawberry each and that was it! needless to say, we both had to stop on the way home to grab some burgers.

if you are getting bigger desserts though, i would say 2 per person but if tiny bite size desserts…think 5-6 per person!

Post # 9
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Generally the rule of 1.5 pieces per person applies to each item. [1.5 sandwiches per person for a regular buffet, 1.5 cupcakes per person, etc.] so that is where that number comes from. not everyone will take one of everything, and some people will take more than one of the same thing, so it is a pretty good measure of amount.

it will depend on the kind of reception you are having, if you are serving a full meal before-hand, go with less pieces per person, and if you are having an hors d’oeuvres reception, go with more pieces per person. it will also depend on the types of desserts you will be serving. if it is cookies, people will tend to take more of it [like 2 or 3 pieces] and if it is pie or cake, people will take less of it [1 or no pieces per guest].

you can count on people taking about 4-5 items total if they are generally all small-ish desserts like truffles, brownies, cookies, etc. but keep in mind people may be tempted to take more than what you consider their “fair share” if you have too many options to choose from. not everyone will want everything of course, but in my experiences, you can expect people to take 1-2 less items than the total amount of options. so, if you have 5-6 different items to choose from, you can expect your guests to take 3-5 pieces each.


good luck!

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