Post # 1
How many canapes per person is a good amount to offer during cocktail hour? It would just be one hour, 11:30am-12:30pm with free fruity drinks, followed by a plated 3-course lunch/dinner. So how many would you offer? Originally I thought 3 but I wasn’t sure, and now the venue is recommending 4 which seems like a lot to eat right before a big lunch.
Post # 3
I’ve herad anywhere from 4-8 for a cocktail hour followed by meal and 10-14 for a cocktail reception with no meal. It’s a wedding, people love to eat at celebratory events. And, in my opinion I love filling up on apps because they’re usually better than the plated meal!
Post # 4
I would go with five, assuming you have no stations and these are genuinely small bites of food. If these are bigger, such as sliders or a cone of fries, then you may be able to swing 3 or 4 a person. People don’t always think “I’m going to have a big lunch” and if hors d’oeuvres are good, then they’ll have at least four or five for sure. Even for our dessert buffet and we had cake plus a sizeable meal, we counted in at least 4-5 pieces a person.
Post # 5
people will pretty much want “one of everything” and the greedy ones go for more than that.
ONE THING I KNOW FOR SURE:
ask that the servers ENSURE they get to the back of the room. Sooooo often people hoard the door and are savages! They eat everything that comes out… and the people at the back get jibbed big time. So if there are many entrances/ exits in your venue ensure that servers get ALL guests.
Post # 6
I would say 3. How often are they passed? 3 p/p should be fine, whet your guests appetites so they want to eat dinner, don’t overwhelm them so they end up being full before the actual meal.
Also, we are having 3 appts. One meat, one ‘veggetarian’ and a sweet.
Post # 7
i would say 5+ just because if someone is very hungery, they might eat a lot. someone might fill up on their favorite appitizer if they are very picky and might not like the entree, and lots of people want to try one of everything. Hope this helps!
Post # 9
We’re doing 5-6 per person (I think it comes out to 5.79 per person or something silly) for our welcome (pre-ceremony) cocktail hour. After that is the ceremony & picnic on the sailboat, so our meal won’t be too heavy. With what you’re serving for lunch, 3-4 sounds fine to me.