Post # 1
I am having my wedding reception form 5-9pm and instead of serving dinner we are serving hors d ‘oeuvres. This is due to 2 reasons…1. I personally prefer appetizers at an event as opposed to a seated dinner… and 2. Budget doesn’t allow for a seated dinner.
Now I am planning for everyone to have enough available to them to be able to make a dinner out of it if they wish and fill up. We also have a cash bar, wedding cake and a chocolate fountain along with a few various desserts.
My question is, is it better to have 10 appetizer choices with 1-2 pieces per item per person of each or to have 5 different choices with 3-4 pieces per item per person? I just don’t know if people would prefer more variety or more availability of the items. If it helps, we are inviting 150 people and hoping (and praying) that only 100-115 come.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, I am trying to figure out a more accurate cost of our food.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Well, our reception is on the second floor of a local restaurant and they have a catering menu that includes both dinners and appetizers. The appetizer trays come with 50-100 pieces each and range from $50-$80 each. The dinners that I would use start at $20 each. So basically the appetizers wouldn’t be more than $1.60 each piece and if 6-8 pieces is a plated dinner, I would be spending $13 per person as opposed to $20 per person.
I hope this helps also. Since we are having at a restaurant (I fell in love with the space) we don’t have the option to bring our own food.
Post # 7
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
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.
Post # 9
So 8 pieces per person would be okay? There are so many foods to choose from including salad, the standard fruit, veggie, sandwich trays, and then more filling foods like jalepeno poppers, quesadilla rolls, spinach artichoke dip and chips, pizza, reuben bites and a lot more that I can’t think of right now. lol!