Post # 1
We are having a bit of a cupcake dillema. We proposed to order 60 cupcakes, and we will have about 42 dinner guests and 14 evening guests. Approx 56 people.
If the dinner guests take more than 1 each, it will take away from the evening guests having one.
The cupcakes are “muffin size”.
Here’s the difficult part: this is costing us £300 (£300=$470 USD). Yes, it is costing THAT much for a 6″ top tier and 60 cupcakes. It just sounds ridiculous to me, but everyone quoted us around that price. It is way over our budget, so even if we added 10 extra cupcakes, we would be really adding to something we are already struggling to pay for.
DF suggested having a sign that say’s “1 each please” (or something to that effect) but I’m not so sure if people will see the sign, or see it and just think its rude.
I am not really bothered by “tradition” and I thought that if the cupcakes started running out, we could cut the 6″ cake and serve that too.
Also, the guests will be receiving small truffles after the dinner, which is included in our dinner package.
Help! Are we being cheap? Should we order more cupcakes?
Post # 3
I am a bit of a cake/cupcake addict. I would try to sneak two if they were good. Just saying.
Post # 4
60 cupcakes for approx 56 guests should be fine. There might be some people who don’t take one. Usually people start out with one and wait a bit to grab a second if it appears there are leftovers.
Post # 5
I think you’re ok. You’ve essentially bought 1.1 per person. I think for every person who takes two there’ll probably be someone who skips it all together (I know I don’t like sweets when I’m drinking) so it’ll probably work out.
Post # 6
We had 60 people, and we ordered (at the advice of our baker) 40 “mini” cupcakes (which were actually about muffin-sized), and I had at least 10 left over, plus the entire top tier cake. However, we also had a midnight buffet, and the cupcakes came out about half an hour before that,but people knew the buffet was coming, and I think they waited.
Honestly, it probably depends on how much food you’re serving and how hungry people will be….I have never been to a wedding where there was not enough cupcakes-there’s always extra!
Post # 7
Could you just reserve 14 for the evening guests? If they are full muffin size, you’re a bit of a glut if you have two – but you never know.
Post # 8
I think you could get away with it if 1)they were all the same flavor, so no one took “one of each” and 2)you brought them out after your evening guests arrived and “cut the cake” then. It would kind of make it clear that there’s one for everyone. And – everyone who didn’t go get one when they came out and missed out – oh well.
Post # 9
Try having an addition dessert to offer your guest that would not be as expencive. Chocolate covered strawberrys or cherries, assorated chocolates, cookies, or cake pops. Not everyone likes cake so if you provide other option guest can take what they like. Good luck!
Post # 10
I think that will be fine especially if it is after a meal
Post # 11
I’d want 2. I wouldn’t take 2 if I knew there probably wouldn’t be enough, but I would want them!
Post # 12
I think that is enough. One way you could avoid running out is to have the cupcakes served instead of sitting out for people to grab.
Post # 13
I would try to cut corners somewhere and add some cupcakes. I’d be super embarrassed if all my guest didn’t get to have a cupcake. Other options, you could have the cupcakes served or offer a 2nd less expensive dessert. Pie??
Post # 14
I would probably get at least 70 to be on the safe side. It would really suck to run out. I’d be disappointed if they ran out and I, as a guest, was left out. And it definitely would help if you limit to one flavor. If you have more than one flavor people will take more just to try the other flavors.
Post # 15
I would err on the side of 1.5 cupcakes per person. Some people, including children, may want more than one whereas some people (such as the elderly or the diabetic) may not want any. I think it’s risky to assume people will only want one each, especially if they are really good. By budgeting in 1.5 per person, you will account for those that want two and those that only wanted one.
I most definitely would not do a sign. If you really wanted to ensure 1 per person, you can box them up into favor-type boxes or containers and place one at each place setting OR use them in lieu of escort cards so each cupcake is labeled with their name and table number. If someone then wants more than one, s/he can get an extra from someone else.
Post # 16
I wouldn’t go lower than 1.25 cupcakes per guest, probably more like 1.5.