(Closed) How many of each Hors d ‘oeuvre?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Be aware that if a plated meal is too expensive then you will not be able to use a caterer for appetizers as they are more expensive than a full dinner. The only way you can do this inexpensively is to provide everything from Costco and heat it yourself.

During the dinner hour, you need 15 pieces per person minimum. A plated meal is the equivalent of 6-8 heavy appetizers total. If you go the Costco route, you can have the best of both worlds and serve a wide variety and have enough so that those who want more than 1 can grab that.

Also, don’t be afraid to check their deli for stationary items such as fresh salsa and dips for chips, finger sandwiches, cheeses and summer sausage that can be sliced (if not already done for you) with crackers. Fruit platters are also good. Those would be in addition to your 10+ selections.

Post # 4
348 posts
Helper bee

I would say better to have more pieces of fewer selections.  Otherwise you’d constantly be eating something you really liked, then not be able to have a second bite, which could be frustrating.

Post # 7
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’d say 6-8 pieces per person minimum, though you’re starting rather early (5 is dinner hour for most people) so you might want to go a little bit heavier. I also vote for fewer choices but more pieces per choice.

Post # 8
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our caterer told us 5-7 choices for a cocktail reception. We have 2-4 pieces per person but it’s also in the afternoon so I doubt people will be eating as much as they would in the evening. I’d say have fewer choices and more pieces, otherwise some things might go untouched. Definitely pick heavier options so people don’t go hungry.

@Selene221: Our appetizers aren’t as expensive as a plated meal so that’s not necessarily true. They CAN be but depending on the caterer and if they do a lot of cocktail receptions they’ll offer better pricing.

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