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:
||4 to 5 per hour
|Fruit and vegetables
||1/2 to 2/3 cup
|Meat, poultry and fish
||4 to 8 ounces
||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!