(Closed) How many appetizers per person?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m thinking 4-5 per person but I’m not sure where I can up with the number lol.  I think you don’t need a lot of food per person since you are having it during the day when people aren’t as hungry.

Post # 4
2680 posts
Sugar bee

I would probably plan on 1-2 of each item per person, but it also depends on how long you will be serving them for.  If its longer than an hour Id go for 10-12 pieces per person total. I know for me, there are certain items I would eat 4 or 5 of and others I would have one or none.  Someone posted a link to a blog that broke down how many items per person for food and bar the other day…Im off to find it!

ETA – I meant to do 10-12 pieces per person because I thought you were only doing appetizers for a cocktail reception.  If you are doing a dinner with it, you would need less 🙂

Post # 5
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hmm… maybe 5 each depending how filling they are and what time you plan on having your sit down meal/buffet?

Post # 7
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Since there won’t be dinner I would go with the attitude that more is better.  Also that probably means you will be serving the apps for a while.  I don’t know how long you are anticipating your reception to be, but assuming 2-3 hours I would say you should plan for a lot of apps.

Our caterer recommneded 1 large tray per 10 people per hour.  I think each tray has about 100 pieces on it.  So that would equate to about 10 pieces per person per hour. 

It looks like you listed about 8 different items you would want served.  I would recommend having about 2-3 large trays (100 pieces per tray) of each of those items for your reception (again, assuming you are only serving for 2-3 hours). 

That is probably on the very high side, but since you aren’t having dinner I would shoot to have plenty and be stuck with leftovers rather than run out of food and possibly look cheap.

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