(Closed) How much food is enough for 30 people at a dessert reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would add 20 more desserts and maybe something like cheese and crackers or a fruit tray just to be on the safe side.

Post # 4
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

How long are you expecting this party to last?  If it’s just a couple of hours and it doesn’t cover a meal time, I think you’ll be fine with what you have (roughly one quiche wedge, 2 sausage rolls, and 2 desserts per person).  For a short, casual party at an off-meal time people shouldn’t expect more than just a snack.

If you’re expecting people to come watch your slideshow and then dance the night away, you will need more substantial food.

Post # 6
5763 posts
Bee Keeper

For that length of time, it sounds like enough to me.

Post # 7
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When free food is involved, people tend to overeat. So while they may not go hungry, it doesn’t exactly sound like there will be enough food for anyone to overindulge. And if someone does, then someone else misses out on their fair share. You don’t want people feeling like you didn’t provide enough food because what they will remember is not that they got two desserts, but that they couldn’t have a third one.

I’m having about 40 people at mine for four hours in the afternoon. It was originally a dessert reception, but my grandmother has insisted on providing a few more choices, so we’ll have:

Cake (obviously)

Three or four kinds of cookies

Popcorn station

Three or four kinds of finger sandwiches

Meat and cheese tray

Fruit and veggie tray

Potato salad

Pasta salad


Cream cheese mints

Lemonade and soda

Hot Chocolate/Coffee/Tea



There will probably be some food remaining at the end, but I don’t think we’ll have any trouble finding people willing to take home the leftovers. I guess I’d rather have too much than not enough. Anytime I’ve been to any kind of party where the food provided was less than sufficient, I always left early.

Post # 8
13017 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I personally think you need more food.  Even if it’s simple chips and dips, that doesn’t seem like enough to me. 

Plus, you said this is a to celebrate over cake, but you don’t mention cake in the list…

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