(Closed) How many canapes should we offer per person?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: How many canapes per person during cocktail hour?
    Two : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Three : (11 votes)
    31 %
    Four : (13 votes)
    37 %
    Five : (10 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    9168 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    2503 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    3218 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    people will pretty much want “one of everything” and the greedy ones go for more than that.


    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
    1617 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
    173 posts
    Blushing bee

    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 # 8
    3 posts

    for a cocktail

    Post # 9
    1002 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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.

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