Vanessa, also known as Chefdruck, is a foodie, writer and mom living in Chicago with her husband and four children. Whether you're planning a holiday dinner party or small impromptu get together with friends, Vanessa has easy menu ideas and helpful tips to minimize your time in the kitchen so you have more time to spend with your friends and family. Vanessa's personal blog can be found at chefdruck.com
When planning your menu for a party, figuring out how much food to make can be stressful, and downright overwhelming. Should you serve cheese or dip on the party menu? Plan a buffet or pass around hors d'oeuvres on trays? How many different appetizers should you prepare? Overwhelmed and confused, hosts often end up overspending, yet still wind up short on the foods their guests really want.
Thankfully, party menu planning basically boils down to simple math. Here are some
simple rules of thumb to take the guesswork and stress out of entertaining.
How many different appetizers should you serve?
How many appetizers should you make?
Here are three sample party menus to illustrate the concept:
Number of Guests: 10
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Items to Prepare: 2 pieces x 10 people x 2 hours = 40 pieces
Number of Guests: 20
Time: 8-11 p.m.
Items to Prepare: 5 pieces x 20 people x 3 hours = 300 pieces
Number of Guests: 30
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Items to Prepare: 3 pieces x 30 people x 3 hours = 270 pieces
Here are a few things I’ve noticed in my years of entertaining that you may want to consider when planning your party menu:
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