How much Food Do I Need?
Appetizers
Cocktail Party: 12 appetizers per person
Dinner Party: 6 appetizers per person
A fairly standard formula is used among caterers to figure out how many
appetizers are needed from each recipe.
12 pieces per person times the number of people divided by the number of
different appetizers. (When they are being served before a full dinner, halve
the totals.)
If the guest list has fewer than 45 people, plan on using roughly 6 different
appetizers; for more than 45 guests, 8 types. The rule of thumb for smaller
gatherings is that 3 types are suitable for 8 to 10 guests; 4 or 5 for 14 to 16
people.
Having an equal number of hot and cold foods is also helpful so that while one
appetizer is heating in the oven, a cold one can be circulating, keeping
everyone nibbling happily.
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