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How many hors d'oeuvres do I need for a 2-hour cocktail party for 25 people?

I'm planning to serve smoked salmon wrapped asparagus, deviled eggs, crostini w/either pea pesto or fava bean spread, and rock shrimp ceviche w/tortilla chips plus a variety of cheeses and hard sausage. Is there a rule of thumb to help w/amounts? Two pieces per person?

asked by Shoshanadh about 6 years ago
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added about 6 years ago

Boulangere your answers are always so right on! Thanks to Shoshanadh question and your answer I am set for tomorrow.

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added about 6 years ago

Have fun everyone!

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added about 6 years ago

whenever i see this question asked, i always want to ask the questioner if i'm invited because i will personally make those numbers meaningless by eating about four times the suggested average, if given the opportunity. that said, the rule i learned is fifteen bites per person, meaning one piece of hors d'oeuvre can equal one or more bites.

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added about 6 years ago

While the "average" IS 3-5 pieces per person, whom do you know who is "average?" So much depends upon the time of day you are serving these, and whether or not dinner is to follow.

Whatever the number you decide on, my rule of thumb is always have another "round" ready to go. You don't want to run out of food.

My "weird" observation is that folks drinking cocktails tend to eat more than folks drinking wine. So, what are you serving to drink?

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added about 6 years ago

Thanks everyone. These answers are so helpful - I appreciate everyone's thoughtfulness. ChefJune, To drink, I'm offering either champagne or a gin-based cocktail or sparkling water for the non-booze drinkers. The party is next Sunday, 6-8 but I fully expect some people to linger. I've specified the block of time in the invitation.

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added about 6 years ago

Shoshana... one of my trademark things to do when I'm having a cocktail supper like this is to make a pot of "something" that stays in the kitchen that I bring out after the party's over for the lingerers. It usually is something built around beans (chili, red beans and rice, etc) or pasta with a veggie sauce. Something easy and inexpensive but tasty and filling.

Specifying the time in the invitation helps, but I've found some folks still arrive AFTER the witching hour! and I never want to turn anyone away.

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