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reception finger food
Karlene
02/09/10
I was wondering how much finger food to prepare for a wedding reception for 100 people. We are planning to fix cucumber sandwiches, pinwheel tortilla roll-ups, breadsticks and dipping sauce, veggies, and crackers with dip. We may also include banana and pumpkin breads and pretzels. The wedding is in 3 weeks, so a quick response would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
ellen
02/10/10
Karlene, what time of day? People eat twice as much at mealtime as in the middle of the afternoon. I would add fruit trays and some kind of cheese unless it is all ladies.
Karlene
02/10/10
The wedding is at 3 pm, so the reception will begin at 3:45 or 4:00. If we served fruit and cheese, would we need the banana and pumpkin breads? Thanks for your input.
ellen
02/10/10
OK, good, this means people will have eaten lunch and won't yet be ready for dinner.

Yes you want both fruit and the fruit breads; otherwise not enough sweets.

cucumber sandwiches, tea type sandwich, 1 sandwich per person, making about 3 pieces. However, these get soggy very easily; need to be made morning of; consider a second rollup or another filling (see the tea sandwich page).
pinwheel tortilla roll-ups, 2 pieces per person
breadsticks and dipping sauce; unusual choice; 1 to 2 ounces per person plus 2 tablespoons sauce
veggies, 2 ounces per person plus dip/dressing
cubed or sliced cheese or logs/spread 3 ounces per person
crackers 6-8 pounds per 100
crackers with dips, 1/4 cup dip per person
fruit trays see the fruit tray page, 3-4 times the tray for 25
fruit breads, 2 slices per person (One small loaf per 5, assorted flavors
cream cheese spread 1 ounce per person

See beverage planning page for help with coffee (use dinner coffee), and other beverages.

Karlene
02/10/10
Thanks for all the info. I forgot to add cake with nuts and mints...I was mainly thinking of the finger food...with that in mind, do we need fruit and fruit bread?
ellen
02/10/10
I assumed there would be cake. If you do not have at least fruit, it seems to me the table will be quite dull and bready/starchy.
ellen
02/10/10
And picture it visually; pretty much brown and white...
Cheryl Ruffin
02/18/10
50th Birthday Party, 100 people
I am going to have Baked Mac & Cheese. I am thinking 3 large alumin pans, roast beef & gravy
1& 1/2 pan. Mashed potatoes 2 large alumin pans, green beans 2 large alumin pans, corn 2 large alumin pans, meat balls 1 large alumn pan, fried chicken wingetts 2 large alumin pan. Whole sheet cake, strawberry shortcake, cheese cakes. What can you suggest for me to make sure I will have enough food. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks for any suggestion.
ellen
02/18/10
Cheryl, I have no idea how big your large pans are. You need:

Baked Mac & Cheese. 8-12 pounds dry
roast beef & gravy- 35-40 pounds ready to eat meat
1& 1/2 pan.
Mashed potatoes- 35 pounds raw potato
green beans- 22 pounds ready to eat
corn- 22 pounds ready to eat
meat balls 1 large alumn pan, 2-3 ounces per person
fried chicken wingettes, 2-3 pieces per person

Whole sheet cake, cuts 60-80 pieces
strawberry shortcake, 40 pieces. I would get mini cakes
cheese cakes, 40 pieces I would suggest cheese cake bites, 100 pieces instead.

Cheryl
02/19/10
Thanks, Ellen for your recomendations, they are so greatly appreciated.
Sing1t
02/27/11
We are having an after dinner reception at a conference and are to plan for at least 200 people. Cake is provided by the conference but we are to prepare cheese straws, toasted pecans, mints and M & M chocolate candies. How much should be prepared of each so we will not run out. There might be a few more than expected at the event.
ellen
02/27/11
Per each 100:

8-10 pounds cheese straws
6 pounds each, pecans, and M&Ms
4 pounds mints if plain, 5-6 if chocolate, butter, Andes, etc

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