How much food do I need for my Cocktail party
Updated: Dec 4, 2019
If you’ve ever attended an event and ended up driving to a burger joint on the way home because there wasn’t enough to eat, you’re not alone.
Here we’ve given you some tips to help with your next Cocktail style event, where finger food rules! Stay tuned for more catering tips for sit down, grazing and buffet type menus
Main Meal Finger Food
If the menu is the ‘main meal’ – allocate 4 pieces per hour for the first two hours then 2-3 pieces for every hour after that. Guests are likely to be hungry to begin with, then they tend to graze as they mingle
If the menu is ‘pre or post dinner’ – 3 pieces per hour should suffice
If you’re providing a Dessert Bar, allow 3-4 pieces per person or follow the guides below for Individual Dessert items
Cake -1 slice of cake, tart or regular size cupcakes
1-2 pastries, depending on their size
2-3 mini desserts, petit fours, mini cupcakes or slices
Fruit platter - 3-4 pieces, kebabs – 2 sticks or 1 cup Fruit salad
Icecream, mousse and scoopable desserts – 1 cup
While these are only guides it is important to speak with your Caterer or Event Planner to ensure that you have the right quantity of food for your type of event and for the amount of guests. Keep in mind, you want your guests raving about how amazing your event was not how little food there was.