I've been told to plan 3-5 hors d'oeuvres per person for a cocktail party. Is that 3-5 per person for each appetizer I'm making or overall count?
Overall count, but I think, unless these are large hors d'oeuvres, the number should be more like 5-7.
Will there be other food served at the party, or is this an hors d'oeuvre-only affair? If there will be a light meal served, then 5-7 pieces per person is good, if a full meal, 3-4 is sufficient. If it's hors d'oeuvres, only, Daniel Bouloud recommends 6-8 pieces per person, per hour (http://www.foodandwine...), but I've also seen recommendations of up to 10-12 pieces per person. I personally always err on the side of caution - there's nothing worse than sending guests home hungry!
People love the snacks & hors d'oeuvres more than the food! since they are eating them first I would plan on at least 8 - 10 per person and always put out some other items as fillers such as dips, chips, or other snacks.
Thanks everyone! This is a huge help.
Please enter a valid email address.
Well played. You deserve a cookie.
Rachel Khong judges Victuals and Koreatown
Piglet Day 2! Read the Cookbook Review
Smoky Pasta Alla Vodka
Shop the Piglet Tournament Cookbooks
The West Elm Couch from Hell
Hot Hot Hot—Sale on Pots!
prevented successful signup:
We'll never post anything without your permission.
prevented successful login:
Thanks for signing up!
Connect with us to get more Food52!
Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.
(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)