(Closed) How Do You Determine Party Food Servings?

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 5
1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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.

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