(Closed) Hors d'oeuvres per person

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
13292 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve always heard 4-8 pieces of each hors d’ouervres per person..

Post # 4
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We were advised to do between 3-5 depending on if your guests arrive all at once or dispersed (you wouldn’t want the early birds snatching them all up) & the selection (people will want to have one of each). We did 3/person since we only had 3types & served dinner fairly quickly afterward. It went very smoothly.

Post # 5
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We werre advised 3 per person since it’s also being followed by a four course dinner

Post # 6
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Are you serving dinner as well? If you aren’t, it’ll probably be on the high side, unless you want guests to leave hungry!

Post # 7
269 posts
Helper bee

i agree on serving a higher amount per person. one shrimp, a mini crab cake and a tablespoon of mac and cheese will not even keep my three year old full for 3-4 hours.

Post # 8
847 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@bvalier:  I agree about a high hors d’oeuvre count than 4. That’s nothing! 

Post # 9
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you aren’t having dinner, I would advise doing more.. We are having dinner after and were advised to have two per person but we are going to have  three.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It depends on how the day is going to go.  I’m having 4 per person but my ceremony is at around 2:30, and a 5 course meal will be offered 2 hours later.  If you have a lighter meal, a ceremony close to lunch time (so people skipped or had a light lunch), or the time between your ceremony and dinner is greater than 2 hours about, then I’d dd more

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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I would plan for 6 bites per person per hour. So if you have 5 dishes and 50 people plan for 180 for each of the dishes. (Increase for more popular dishes like shrimp or crab cakes, decrease other dishes)

To save money you might do something like this:

1st hour– cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, dip, hummus (enough for 50 people each, not total)

2nd hour– passed hors d’ (6 bites) 3-5 dishes

3rd hour- passed hors d’ (4 bites) and cake

So for the passed hors d’, you would need a total of 500 bites (or 100-166 each of each dish)

Hope that helps


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