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Food Amounts - Wedding Reception for 100
Sandra
06/13/12
I'm self catering my daughter's wedding at the end of July. The wedding takes place at 7pm, with reception from 8-1. There will be approximately 100 adult guests and 20 children between 8-17 years old. Many of the guests are big eaters. My daughter's only requests were little ham biscuits (the dinner roll type buns) and Krispy Kreme donuts. :) This is the menu I've devised and wonder if you could check the amounts for me. I have access to one oven with 6 stove-top burners (maybe 8, I can't remember) and 2 helpers the day of the wedding.

Ham biscuits - 20 lbs ham and 14 dozen little rolls (making these 1 day ahead and refrigerating)
Chicken Salad using 10 lbs of chicken served with 100 mini-croissants (I thought I'd put the salad in a bowl on top of a 3-tier tray with the split croissants on the lower levels and a tray on the bottom as well)
Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta-6 loaves (32 pcs per loaf) We made this to try it yesterday, I baked some of the bread ahead. I have it in the freezer and will try it in a week or two to see how it holds up.
Vegetable tray with 13 lbs vegetable and 4 qts dip
Antipasto Vegetables-2 gallons
Buffalo chicken bites-150 1" pieces
Pizza Rolls- 2 boxes of 144 (kid friendly)
Mini Corn Dog bites- 2 boxes of 80 with 2 qts ketchup (kid friendly)
Sausage balls- 4x the bisquick recipe using 1 lb sausage and 12oz cheese, made ahead, frozen and baked the day of wedding
Assorted cheeses and spreads- 10 lbs total with
3 lbs crackers
Luscious Spinach Artichoke dip- 4 recipes with 6 lbs tortilla chips

Fruit platter using 24 lbs grapes
combined total 24 lbs melon and pineapple
16 qts strawberries and
4 qts chocolate dip (we were originally going to do a fountain, but after reading your wonderful article, decided to do dip instead)

7 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts
7 dozen S'mores cupcakes
90 mini pails (dixie cup sized) "Dirt Cake" made to look like beach sand (these are favors)
Wedding Cake

If needed,
Pasta Salad with 7 lbs dry pasta and 3 lbs vegetables
8 dozen cheesecake tartlets (can be frozen 1 month, then thaw, serve) and
8 dozen oat & toffee bars (can be frozen 3 months, thaw, serve)

5 gallons sweet tea
5 gallons pink lemonade
8 cases bottled water
17 1.5L bottle champagne for toasting
Signature cocktail- Lynchburg Lemonade (no idea how much)

Also, should I plan on 4 plates per person? I'd like to use 6" or 7" plates.

This sounds like a lot of food to me, but I'm unsure of the amounts and variety. Thank you so much for developing this forum to help with event planning for the inexperienced, such as myself.

ellen
06/13/12
First, I want to talk to you as mother of the bride;

On the wedding day, you and she want to have the day to yourselves. It is really important to find or hire a manager for the food so neither of you have to be in the kitchen- or the day becomes a food day, not a wedding day.

A buffet for 100 people takes about 3 kitchen people and at least 6 servers to set up, serve and clear away. These can be volunteers, hired, church ladies, etc; but there needs to be some experience there. And none should be members of the wedding party. Any money you spend on this, will be among your best investments for the event.

Now, about the food.

Ham biscuits - 20 lbs ham and 14 dozen little rolls (making these 1 day ahead and refrigerating)- OK, probably none left
Chicken Salad using 10 lbs of chicken served with 100 mini-croissants 20 pounds chicken
(I thought I'd put the salad in a bowl on top of a 3-tier tray with the split croissants on the lower levels and a tray on the bottom as well) the salad needs to be iced
Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta-6 loaves (32 pcs per loaf) We made this to try it yesterday, I baked some of the bread ahead. I have it in the freezer and will try it in a week or two to see how it holds up. OK. How about a second flavor, maybe pesto for color, and to add a starch
Vegetable tray with 13 lbs vegetable and 4 qts dip- OK
Antipasto Vegetables-2 gallons- OK probably none left
Buffalo chicken bites-150 1" pieces
Pizza Rolls- 2 boxes of 144 (kid friendly)-OK
Mini Corn Dog bites- 2 boxes of 80 with 2 qts ketchup (kid friendly)-OK most of the grown ups will take one, too...
Sausage balls- 4x the bisquick recipe using 1 lb sausage and 12oz cheese, made ahead, frozen and baked the day of wedding VERY popular, make at least double
Assorted cheeses and spreads- 10 lbs total with
3 lbs crackers- go 16 pounds with 8 pounds crackers
Luscious Spinach Artichoke dip- 4 recipes with 6 lbs tortilla chips- need 1/4 to 1/3 cup per person

Fruit platter using 24 lbs grapes- 20 OK
combined total 24 lbs melon and pineapple
16 qts strawberries and
4 qts chocolate dip (we were originally going to do a fountain, but after reading your wonderful article, decided to do dip instead)

7 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts- suggest you get lots of the donut holes? unless her heart is set on the full size.
7 dozen S'mores cupcakes
90 mini pails (dixie cup sized) "Dirt Cake" made to look like beach sand (these are favors)
Wedding Cake

All OK desserts

If needed,
Pasta Salad with 7 lbs dry pasta and 3 lbs vegetables
8 dozen cheesecake tartlets (can be frozen 1 month, then thaw, serve) and
8 dozen oat & toffee bars (can be frozen 3 months, thaw, serve)

5 gallons sweet tea have at least 2 gallons unsweet- maybe green- very popular these days
5 gallons pink lemonade
8 cases bottled water
17 1.5L bottle champagne for toasting
Signature cocktail- Lynchburg Lemonade (no idea how much)- plan on 2 per drinker- consider a punch style
Do not forget ice.

Also, should I plan on 4 plates per person? I'd like to use 6" or 7" plates. Yes. At least 3 cups and 2 forks, 4 napkins

Sandra
06/13/12
Thank you, Ellen!
I will get more people to help and increase the food amounts as you suggested. She really wants the full-sized donuts. She can't get them fresh where she lives, and since she's getting married in her hometown, she wants the full-sized, melt in your mouth, fresh donuts. She also wants to introduce her out of town guests to this wonderful treat. Will 7 dozen be enough?

How much pesto should I get for the bread?

ellen
06/13/12
You need about 1/2 pound per loaf/pound of bread for the pesto.

As to the donut amounts; with all the other desserts, it "should" be, but I would get several more boxes for the dressing rooms and maybe an extra one for the honeymoon suite...

sylvia
06/01/14
feeding about 150 people chicken biscuit dinner
need help figuring out how many pounds of chicken to feed about 150 people and would it be better just using whole chicken or chicken breast? Thanks for your help
ellen
06/01/14
Sylvia, if this is a chicken in gravy dish with some mushrooms or other veg, sometimes called "chicken shortcake", 1 pound (2 cups)diced cooked chicken serves 4. 1 pound whole chicken makes 1 cup. 1 pound boneless makes 2 cups. So, you have to compare sale prices in your area

If you get whole chickens, use the carcasses to make chicken broth for your gravy.

Teresa
06/25/15
how much country ham would I need to make 100 2 inch biscuits
ellen
06/25/15
About 1 ounce per biscuit, or 13-14 pounds
Delores
08/26/16
Thanks for the heads up.
MaryAnn Heimburg
11/22/16
We are planning an association New Years party to be attended by 120 ppl.

we are planning 4 packages of smoked salmon
2 8 oz. pkg cream creese
6 baguettes
1 jar capers
300 meatballs
sauce made with 6 cans cranberry and 6 bottles Heinz
chili
12 lbs large peeled and deveined shrimp
2 jars cocktail sauce
4 pounds sliced ham
4 lbs. slice turkey
105 small rolls
2 lbs. sliced provolone
2 lbs. sliced swiss
mayo
2 mustards
10 lbs chicken salad
96 mini croissant
2 spinach artichoke dips
2 large bags of scoops
2 large bags of Ruffle
2 containers French onion dip
4 pineapples sliced and served quartered
2 lbs. grapes
2 lbs. strawberries
2 premade vege trays
2 24 oz. baked brie
3 large pizzas in 2 inch cut
1 can green olive
1 can black olive
100 mini eclair
100 mini cream puff
96 mini cheese cakes
72 fancy selection brownies
The association will provide coffee, creamer and paper goods.
please advise

ellen
11/22/16
How much does the salmon weigh per package? How long is the party and when does it start. Is there any alcohol served? Please write back.

Heads up, with shrimp, if you can't provide at least 1 pound per 6 guests, don't serve it at all. This is not even3 per person, and people are greedy about shrimp. It's enough to make a good shrimp dip for this many people.

Ang
03/02/17
Catering a wedding for a friend. She has 100 people. How much should I make of....
Roasted Chicken,
Pork Chops.
Mashed Potatoes,
Steamed Brocolli,
Bow Tie Pasta Salad with cucumbers and grape tomatoes
Mostiocolli
Dinner rolls
ellen
03/21/17
Roasted Chicken, 12 chickens
Pork Chops, about 30 pounds

Steamed Broccoli, 24 pounds ready to cook

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with cucumbers and grape tomatoes, 6 pounds dry pasta

Mostaccioli
Mashed Potatoes, 35 pounds
With the pasta salad, too much pasta/starch. Either skip and increase potatoes to 45 pounds or change pasta salad to green salad (use plan for 100 list) and do the 6 pounds pasta here, or do rice instead of mostaccioli, 5 pounds dry.
You will need about 7 quarts gravy for the potatoes

Dinner rolls, 12 pounds and 3 pounds butter

Ruby
06/02/17
Making 125 chicken salad croissants. Do you suggest making the chicken or using a store rotesserie. How many chickens do I need to buy.
ellen
06/02/17
Each full size croissant uses about 1/2 cup of chicken salad, which is usually made of 1/2 part chicken and the rest add ins and dressing.

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken makes 2 cups of meat or about 4 cups of salad, so 8 sandwiches. You are looking at 18-20 pounds meat. Bone in, you want twice as much chicken 36-40 pounds.

I would ciik it myself, much cheaper. See the roast chicken melee for how to roast 6 at a time. Or consider doing whole turkey instead- easy and popular.

Hope this helps. If this is a paid gig or I saved you time, trouble or money, please make a donationm to support the site. Thanks.

Crystal
08/12/17
Im making buffalo chicken dip with actual chicken breast...NOT canned for 100 to 125 people. How many lbs of chicken breast is needed?
ellen
08/14/17
Usual for these dips is 1 pound (2 cups) chicken per 1 pound cream cheese, plus add-ins, and this amount is good for about 2 pounds of chips. You would plan 8 pounds of chips per 100, which is 4 pounds of chicken. You would do 1/4 to 1/3 more fore 125.
Nancy
08/25/17
I am self catering my wedding and it is a picnic reception. How much should I make for 110 people.
pulled pork sandwiches
pulled chicken sandwiches
corn on the cob (1/2 cobs)
potato salad
coleslaw
pasta salad
cut up fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple & honeydew)
sliced tomatoes
We will be having wedding cake which consists of 1 6", 1 8", 1 10", 1 14" & 1/4 sheet cake
8 lbs. of assorted cookies.
I am thinking I should make the Sloppy Joe recipe from your website to increase the meats. I am having a hard time figuring out how much meat to buy for the pork and chicken. How much meat would I need if we make the Sloppy Joes with the chicken and pork?
ellen
08/25/17
Food Amounts - Picnic Wedding Reception for 110
1 pound of pulled meat makes 5 buns or 12 sliders, serves 4+. Usually the split depends on whether you are n a pork eating area, in which case it is about 2/3 pork/ 1/3 chicken, or not in which case it is about 3 to 2 chicken to pork. I recommend you do about 44 pounds raw boneless meats for 110. In addition, 1 crock pot of vegetarian sausages (I like field roast brand), veggie burgers, or unchicken bites for any non-meat eaters. Have at least 1 gallon pickles, 8-10 pounds sliced onions, 2 gallons table sauce.

corn on the cob (1/2 cobs), about130, 4 pounds butter
potato salad, 4-5 gallons (40 pounds potatoes)
coleslaw, 3 gallons
pasta salad, 5 pounds dry noodles
cut up fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple & honeydew), use the fruit tray page, the deluxe tray for 100 would be excellent, or use as a gude for amouns
sliced tomatoes, at least 28 pounds if you will have dressing so some will be salad. Shredded parsley or basil over the dish is pretty and tasty
We will be having wedding cake which consists of 1 6", 1 8", 1 10", 1 14" & 1/4 sheet cake
Consider having at least a half sheet kitchen cake (same flavors, undecorated) to make sure you don't run out.
8 lbs. of assorted cookies. OK

Have coffee for 50, see breakfast planning page or beverage planning page.

Nana
12/10/17
Help please!
I'm catering for 100 people.
Her menu is:
Chicken Strips..175
Hot & Ham & cheese served on Hawaii Rolls..50
Chicken Salad served on croissants..75
Little smokies in Bar B Q sauce..300
Pasta Salad..5 lbs
Rotel Dip..3 gallons..6 bags of chips
Spinach Dip..4 making..Hawaii bread..I used the tools cut in squares...4 packs
Fruit tray..how much of...strawberry, grapes, canalope, strawberries
Veg..tray..how much...broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes

Tea..6 gallons
Water..50 bottles

ellen
12/10/17
Nana, an experienced caterer would no accept this job with this menu; example- 5 pounds of pasta salad is less than 1 ounce per person.

Please tell me the time of day- this is not enough variety or the right variety for a full meal.

Remember that if the wedding food is not satisfactory, it is ALWAYS the caterers fault, even if she did exactly what the family requested. The wedding meal is the most difficult to cater of any, and it has to be perfect, or it can permanently crash your rep. Please rethink this plan

ellen
12/10/17
Nana, please read the vert first discussion on this thread for a better understanding of menu and amounts for 100/
Nana
12/11/17
The wedding is @3:00p.m. Her guest list is 100. I need to fix for 125.
Nana
12/11/17
The wedding is @3:00p.m. Her guest list is 100. I need to fix for 125. I told them they need to do for extra. They said if we run out we run out. I told them it would look bad on me.
ellen
12/12/17
Don't take this job. It could run you and they don't care.
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