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Suggested Serving Quantities

Most of our entertainment trays provide estimates as to how many people they will serve.

However, taking your guests’ appetites into consideration, this guide will help you calculate how much food to serve: 

 

Per Person:

Appetizers 4 to 5 per hour
Fruit and vegetables 1/2 to 2/3 cup
Meat, poultry and fish 4 to 8 ounces
Side dishes 1/2 cup per dish
Sauces, dips and dressings 2 to 3 tablespoons


Brookshire’s Party Shopping Check List

__ Plastic utensils

__ Paper/plastic plates and glasses

__ Paper napkins, disposable tablecloths

__ Paper towels

__ Disposable baking and roasting pans

__ Nuts, chips, pretzels, dips

__ Candy, mints

__ Cookies, cakes, pies

__ Deli items: cheese, meat

__ Bakery items: breads, rolls, muffins, decorated cakes, specialty items

__ Service meats: special order meat, seafood or other entrees

__ Floral items: arrangements, corsages, bouquets, centerpieces

__ Beverages: soda, coffee, tea, bottled water, mixers, beer, wine

__ Candles, matches

A Few More Things to Remember

  • If you provide background music, be sure it’s soft and inviting.
  • A manageable sit-down dinner party size is 6 to 12 guests. Consider how many can sit at your table without bumping elbows.
  • To remove red wine stains, blot up as much as possible with an absorbent cloth. Saturate the stain with club soda or plain water. Later, apply a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Let dry, then vacuum.
  • Do your shopping three to four days in advance, except for vegetables, fresh fish and flowers.
  • If you’re having a buffet-style gathering, be sure to have plenty of coasters, napkins and paper towels available. People will need to put down their glasses, and may even spill a few!
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Setting the Scene


Most gatherings are informal, and place settings reflect a more casual attitude. Try your best not to crowd table settings, because that’s when spills and accidents happen. And keep floral arrangements low, so that conversation isn’t blocked. Some other guidelines include:

Allow two feet from the center of one dinner plate to the center of the next plate. If a buffet service means there are no plates on the table, a napkin can be put in the center of each setting. View a simple napkin fold.

  • Silver goes in “outside in” order. Guest reach for first-used tools on the outside edge of place setting and work their way inside the arrangement. The salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork, or example.
  • Put two knives to the plate’s right. The outside knife is used first.
  • Soup spoons, if needed, are set on the table to the right of the knives.
  • Only provide butter knives if you’re putting out butter or bread plates in the 11:00 position.
  • Salad plate goes on top of the dinner plate, in the center of each setting.
  • Desert spoon and fork are laid on the table at dinner plate’s top.
  • Put the water glass at 2:00 position to dinner plate and any wine glasses to its right. The outside glass will be your champagne flute if champagne is served.

 

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