Post # 1
I’m thinking of just taking care of the food for cocktail hour instead of including it with the catering bill for the dinner. However, I’m unsure how to estimate the food.. I am thinking about having finger foods like mini hotdogs, sandwiches, etc. I’m estimating about 75 guests, give or take.. Any suggestions? How many different items should be served at cocktail hour? Thanks in advance! 🙂
Post # 3
I would think 3-4 pp would do, as you are having a dinner. No need to go heavy on the hors d’oeuvres.
Post # 4
6-8 pieces per person. Also-make sure that your venue allows non-professionally catered food. A lot of places do not let you serve hommade food due to insurance issues. Good luck!
Post # 5
Does your caterer allow this? Ours did not allow any food but theirs (except the cake) to be served. They also may not serve it if they find out you did it on your own. (Not trying to be a downer, just making sure you’ve addressed it!)
We estimated I think 6-8 pieces per person with four different passed options. I’m not positive though, because our caterer handled it all. I know we didn’t run out of anything!
Post # 6
I would do more than 3-4 per person.. I am not totally sure how many ours was because our catering did it but I would say 6-8 a person is more average.. but of course, that depends on the size/substance to the finger food.. If they are like quarter size sandwiches, maybe less but if they are bit size.. We did mini quiche, swedish meatballs, shrimp cocktail, and a table with veggies and dip (carrots, brocolli, cherry tomatoes, califlower, and celery), fruit (cantelope, honeydew, straberries, and grapes), assorted cheeses and crackers.. Since we had many different options, we did a little less.. I would say there was enough for each person to have 6-8 meatballs, 3-4 quiche, 2 shrimp cocktail (because these were costly), and really as much veggies/fruit/cheese/crackers as thy wanted, we had tons of this left over..
Post # 7
@BrooklynWife: our venue is actually just a lake house property we rented so pretty much anything goes as far as what we want to do.. But I will definitely double check! Thank you for the suggestion!
@abbie017: We haven’t booked a caterer yet because I was trying to figure out whether I wanted the quote I asked to include the cocktail hour. It never dawned on me that they might be against this. Thank you for asking! I will definitely ask caterer prospects about this…
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I have to agree with other PPs…make sure you are allowed to do this. Our venue doesn’t allow this.
ETA: oops didn’t see your update
Post # 10
do a quick google search. You can find sites that tell you how much to prepare. If I remember correctly, if there is a dinner to follow, then plan for 3-4 bites per person. But the more choices you have, the more you should make.