Post # 1
I am having a 30th Birthday/New Years Eve Party for hubby. His birthday is on New Years Day, but I decided to celebrate them together. Anyway, I pretty much have the menu together.
It’s not going to start until 8PM, so there doesn’t need to be anything heavy. I was thinking wings, rotel dip, meatballs, cheese and cracker tray, veggie tray, chips, trail mix, two other appetizers, and drinks. I am also getting a special birthday cake made for him, a surprise. What do you think? How do I determine how much food to get?
Post # 3
I always plan for more but the common rule is:
“each guest will consume 5 hors d’oeuvres per hour for the first 2 hours and 3 per hour for each additional hour. So if you are planning a 3-hour party for 10 guests, you will need to provide approximately 130 appetizers. When serving fruit and vegetable trays, figure quantities by allowing two “bites” per item per person per hour. Also, provide 4 small (cocktail) napkins per person per hour (more if finger foods are particularly messy).”
Each wing and each meatball would count as a serving, but i am not sure how to calculate for the others
Post # 4
@courthouse: Thanks so much!
Post # 5
How many people are you having attend the party? I usually buy extra frozen appies to pop in the oven if things are going more quickly than I had anticipated. Also, I find it depends on the guests. If I have more of FI’s big guy friends coming over I can easily get away with making double the appies I would if it were just my girlfriends.
Post # 6
@mrs.peters.to.be: There wil lbe between 15 and 20 people. It’s for his birthdya, so there will be a mixed crowd.