how many appetizers per person

How Many Appetizers To Serve Per Person?

It will soon be holiday party season and the #1 question we get asked is how many appetizers should I plan for?  Whether it's for pre-dinner nibbles or a cocktail party, you don’t want to be the host sending guests home hungry, but you also don't want too much food. Goldilocks and the Three Bears had it right; it takes some trial and error before you really know the right number of pieces per person for different events. Luckily, we have done the work for you and have come up with best estimates, by event type and time:

  • 3-4 pieces per person, 30-45 minutes before dinner, cocktail hour
  • 6-10 pieces per person, 1.5-2 hour event, preceding dinner time
  • 10-12 pieces per person, 2-4 hours event, heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • 12-15 pieces per person 4+ hour event, dinner replacement

Hors D'oeuvres parties are a great way to keep the flow going at a party especially for networking, open houses and mixers.  Remember to mix up the variety ensuring you have a good mix of heavy and light, vegetarian and protein centered plus many that only require one hand to devour!  You can also add to your Hors D'oeuvres party with platters and stations for guests to help themselves.

Dinner At Home Meals offers delicious hand made freezer to oven appetizers as well as our special Christmas Appetizer.  Pick up or Delivery to over 90 cities available.

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