Post # 1
Okay, so here’s the deal. My friend is getting married in September with an outdoor reception. Total time for the reception will be about 5-6 hours. She is going to have about 90 people at her wedding/reception. The food/drinks is going to be a DIY kind of deal, with family members bringing the food. She is planning on having meatballs, roast beef, pasta salad, macaroni salad and potato salad. The food is going to be kept in chafing dishes. I have some questions for you lovely people.
1. How many people will a full size chafing dish serve (like for the meatballs/roast beef)?
2. How many lbs of side dishes will be enough for the 90 people?
3. How many drinks should served? She is planning on serving canned soda, bottled water, botttled lemonade and bottled iced tea.
4. Do you think there should be a pasta dish offered (like baked ziti) in addition to the meatballs and roast beef?
Thank you in advance for any and all help!
Post # 3
1) a full size chafer will comfortably serve 25 people, so I would say about three to four of each food.
2) For the sides I would plan on a 3-4oz serving. That gives you 4 servings/pound, so about 20 pounds of each. Since guest probably wont eat a full 4oz serving of all 3 salads, you might get away with 15pounds each.
3)Drinks depend on where you are located. Here in North Carolina September is pretty warm. I would plan 1 drink/hour/guest for this area. In a cooler climate you might be able to get away with 1 drink/guest/2 hours.
4)I would offer a pasta. If you have a vegetarian, they will be limited to sides with the menu you have.
Pasta can also be a great way to control cost. Guests tend to fill up on it (and its not expensive), and go lighter on the meats. One idea might be to adjust to a pasta bar- one chafer with ziti or penne or something, a chafer of meatballs, a chafer of veggies, and a chafer with red sauce and alfredo sauce. I also might add a tossed salad to your menu, not everyone is crazy about the heavier mayo based salad. Let me know if you have any other questions- I’m happy to help.