Party Planning Guide

It's Party Time

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:

Item For 6-8 people For 10-12 people For 12-18 people
Meat/Seafood tray 1 medium 1 medium 1 large
Sandwich tray 1 medium 1 medium 1 large
Cheese tray 1 medium 1 medium 1 large
Side dishes 3 pounds 5 pounds 6 pounds
Dessert trays 1 tray 1 tray 2 trays
Beverages 2 per person 2 per person 2 per person
Deli salads 3 pounds 5 pounds 6 pounds
Bread 1 loaf 1 loaf 2 loaves
Dinner rolls 1 dozen 2 dozen 3 dozen
Sliced meat 24 ounces 36 ounces 60 ounces
Fried chicken 16 pieces 24 pieces 36 pieces
Sliced cheese 12 ounces 18 ounces 30 ounces

At a party, make sure to have enough wine. Generally figure on pouring five servings from each bottle, and over the course of a 3-hour party, plan on serving each guest 3 glasses.

And while you’re planning, don’t forget the other items you’ll need. Your checklist can include:

  • Chips, dips and salsa
  • Crackers and breads
  • Nuts
  • Soft drinks and water
  • Ice
  • Plates, silverware, cups, napkins
  • Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, salt and pepper
  • Candles, flowers and balloons
  • Dessert and special treats
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