how many appetizers per person

How Many Appetizers To Serve Per Person?

It's party season and many of you will be wanting to make appetizers part of your offering whether it be a nibble before dinner or as the main deal for a cocktail party. 

We get asked how many hors d’oeuvres will my guests eat? You don’t want to be the hostess sending guests home hungry, but you also do not 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:

  •  2-4 pieces per person, 30-60 minutes before dinner, cocktail hour
  •  5-6 pieces per person, 1.5-2 hour event, preceding dinner time
  •  8-10 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 or if having a caterer it can be an interaction station which always is great entertainment for guests.

Looking for a unique appetizer recipe to serve at your next get together? Look no further

Check out our full line of Hors D'Oeuvres and Platters in our Holiday Pick Up or Delivery Menu.  Or discover a few of our varieties in our Dinner At Home Meals line up.

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