(Closed) How many appetizers pp for a meal

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: How many appetizers pp to constitute a full meal?

    10-12

    13-15

    16-19

    20-24

    25-29

    30+

  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    Tigerlilybride:  how long is the event and are you serving alcohol? our wedding was 6-11pm with a full open bar and we did the about 15-20 pieces (some heartier than others) per person plus cake. 

    Post # 3
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    Blushing bee

    I looked into doing a cocktail party reception and the venue recommended 5-6 pieces per person per hour with one heavy station like pasta for a 3 hour party( this was with an open bar though and you want to make sure there’s enough to soak up the alcohol) . You could probably bulk it up with crackers, cheese, fruit etc. Sounds like a great idea, good luck! 

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    Tigerlilybride:  the good news is you can get away with less food if there is no booze. For a party like you’re describing I typically would do a cheese/meats platter, a veggie platter, and 3-4 hot apps such as crockpot meatballs, calzones cut into bited pieces, stuffed mushrooms, pigs in a blanket, crostini, etc depending on how fancy I was feeling. For 10 people I would also do 2 bite sized desserts and I usually try to do one thing chocolate and one lighter item such as mini red velvet cupcakes and mini cheesecake bites. 

    For your first time hosting this crowd I would probably overplan a bit and then take notes for next time. I have a notebook that I use to plan all my parties that has the guest list, event, and menu. After the party I put in notes like “had way too much bean dip left over – serve half as much for this crowd” so that I can refine future parties. 

    Post # 6
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Years ago, when I was talking with the catering manager of a high-end hotel in a major city about a wedding reception for a wedding that I later canceled, he recommended 8-13 pieces per person just for the hors d’oeuvres hour BEFORE a full, plated dinner.

    If you’re having appetizers only, I would think that you would need a significantly larger number of appetizer pieces per person — at the higher end of your poll.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee

    Our family typically did apps only for Christmas Day when we got together at my parents’ house, almost like Super Bowl food. I want to say that back when we only had 10 people, we had a crock pot of meatballs, a crock pot of little smokey sausages, probably 2-3 dips with chips or crackers, a bunch of pickles and olives, cheese and crackers, and a mother load of cookies. Maybe wings, too. Unfortunately I can’t recall how many pieces per person it ended up being.

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