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How much needed?
Sara
03/28/07
Hi! I'm having a party for roughly 100 people. Most are adults. The theme is picnic and the main foods served will be hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, macaroni salad, and cole slaw. How much of eat will I need to purchase? And how much condiments should I prepare for the burgers and dogs? Thank you so much!
ellen
03/28/07
Sara, the foods and even condiments are all covered in the plan for 100 and sandwich event pages- be glad to check your estimates after you pull them together.

I always suggest you consider Polish sausages instead of regular hot dogs if it is mostly adults- really preferred and not much more expensive.

Sara
03/29/07
Okay, I think I have an alright guess. For a party that has about 100 guests and starts at 1pm:
3 veggies trays that serve 25-30.
1 each hot dog and hamburger per person including rolls.
6 lbs each cole slaw and macaroni salad.
8 lbs potato salad.
8 lbs tossed salad.
*Condiments and deviled eggs but someone else is worrying about that! (phew!)
*Cake that someone else is making.
2 fruit trays that serve 30-35 (as an alternative to the cake but the cake will be the main focus dessert)
6 bags of chips.
6 gallons of iced tea.
150 cans of soda.
1 keg of beer.

175 9 inch dinner plates
175 7 inch dessert plates
250 each forks, spoons and knives
500 napkins
250 cups

Does that sound like enough? Not enough? Too much? I'm obviously not an entertainer. HAHA! Thanks for your help!

ellen
03/30/07
You want 4 gallons of potato salad, 2 1/2-3 each of mac and slaw. Other than that, it looks good. Good work!
Beverly
04/01/07
How much needed ham is needed for 17 people?
We are having a dinner with 17 people how big of a ham is needed.
kathi pierce
04/02/07
how much potatoe salad for 150 servings
ellen
04/02/07
Beverly, bone in ham, uncooked, buy 14-16 ounces per person. Fully cooked, ready to reheat boneless, 8 ounces per person is plenty.

Kathi, for 150 people, I allow 6 to 6 1/2 gallons. For 150 1/2 cup side servings, about 5 gallons.

Lisa
04/02/07
I checked out the big pots page to determine how much potato salad, coleslaw, green pea salad, jello salad for 100 for a funeral with fried chicken, brownies & cookies. Looks like 4 gal potato, 2-3 gal slaw,pea salad, jello salad. But how do you tell gallons vs. pounds. At the store they sell coleslaw in pounds not gallons, what is the conversion and how many pieces of brownies,cookies do I need?
ellen
04/02/07
Good job. If you are buying the shredded cabbage and adding your own dressing, you want about 20 poubds of vegetable for 100 people. If it is ready to eat, just ask the deli to fill and weigh a one pint container for you- this varies from store to store- 1 gallon is 8 pints.
Cut the brownies fairly small, and allow 1 of each type for up to 4 types- more than 4 types, allow 3 to 4 pieces per person. That is the old fashioned regular size cookie, not the big/ giant ones sold today.
eva brown
04/03/07
I need to know how many sandwhiches for serving 150 people for a Wedding reception at 1:30 daytime. 3 varieties of sandwhiches,chicken salad, ham and cheese & cucumber. also how much vegie trays and fruit trays will I need. Also how many gallons of punch for this 150 people would you recommend. Coffee and water will be served also. Thank you so much eva
ellen
04/04/07
Eva, you might want to read over my tea party and sandwich event pages. This really does resemble a formal afternoon tea- you may even want to add small scones with marmalade and preserrves.

2 whole sandwiches worth per person, cut ibto about 7-8 fingers or shaqpes. But use thin-sliced bread and only a layer of filling as deep as the slice. This reduces the amount of filling almost 1/2 over regular sandwiches.
Trust the veggie tray page and the fruit tray page on those amounts, you want to end up with about 7 gallons of cut up fruit.

Tea (10 gallons), coffee (10 gallons), and punch (15 to 20 gallons): do 5 to 6 gallons of each to start, then set up to make 2.5 gallon batches to replenish. The punch should be a light, mild choice, not too sweet.
Sugar, honey, lemon, whole milk or cream, soy milk creamer and artificial sweeteners

Cindy
04/04/07
What size leg of lamb do I need to purchase to feed 8 adults and 4 children?
ellen
04/06/07
You need about 10 pounds as purchased- two of the same size would work.
Lisa
04/09/07
How many pans of sour cream potatoes do I need to feed 60 people?
How many jello salads in 9/13 pans do I need to fee 60 people.
How many dinner rolls do I need to feed 60 people?
How many cookies should I plan on for 60 people?
cheryl
04/10/07
Planning a reception for 400 people how much shredded turkey, potato salad, fruit salad, buns, vegetables will I need.
ellen
04/10/07
Lisa, 6 9x13 potatoes, 5 9x13 jello, 70 rolls, at least 2 cookies- you need 1 of each kind per person, up to 4.

Cheryl, see the plan for 100 and the sandwich event page, plan a basic menu and post it and I will check it for you. You need to specify time of day, buffet or plate service, etc. Salads are very well covered, differnces in amounts for reception time versus meal time, etc.

Lauren
04/15/07
I am cooking for 40 people and I need to make 20 meat balls. How much ground beef will i need for that?
lauren
04/15/07
Also, how much tomato sauce will be enough for 40 people?
ellen
04/16/07
Normally You would want 4 ounces of meat per person, plus fillers, made into 1 to 4 meatballs- 1 is really big, 4 are almost cocktail size. I am not sure why you only want 20 meatballs, or what size; if you are making only 1 per person, you should go for about 5 per pound.

For sauce, it depends on how thick. Thicker, you use more. See the estimates on the lotsa pasta page.

Mel
04/16/07
Hi I am organising a Traditional Burns Supper for 120 guests and was wondering how much haggis, potatoes (to be mashed) and turnip (to be mashed)I would need?
ellen
04/17/07
45 pounds of potatoes, about 25 pounds of 'nips; but you are on your own on the haggis- I would allow about 1 pound for each 3 people- expecting you have a bit of other meats-
Debbie
04/17/07
I am doing the food for my DD's evening wedding reception for 200 people. We want to serve sliced boneless ham, twiced baked potato casserole( kind of like mashed potatoes), green beans, rolls, lettuce salad and possibly a jello salad. My main concern is how much ham to buy and how many roasters I will need for the ham and the potatoes.
ellen
04/17/07
Allow about 1 pound boneless ready to eat ham for each 3 persons if thin/deli sliced, about 2 pounds for each 5 if thicker. 2-3 roaster for the ham. Usually a roaster holds about 50 people worth of whatever- they are rated for 18 quarts, but if you aare filling full for casserole, you want to keep depth of food to about 4 inches to simplify reheating, about 10-12 quarts. A serving is 3/4 cup per person. about 5 people per quart, so you will need 4 pans worth. I might put out 2, keep the pans for the other two in the kitchen oven and swap out the pans as they empty.
michaelle
04/18/07
i am having kiabasi and sourcraut and macc salas and potatoe salad we are having up too 60 people so how much would i need including buns
Tina
04/18/07
I am helping with a fund raiser dinner to feed 200 people and am having difficulty figuring how much food we need.
We are serving plates that consist of 1 beef enchilada, 1 beef taco (and all the trimmings), refried beans, rice and salad.
How much do we need to feed this amount of people?
Thanks
Tina
Patti Ratley
04/18/07
I'm having a outdoor wedding reception and trying to keep the prices down so we are making hamburgers for everyone. I was wondering how much hamburger we would need for 30 and any ideas on sides and how much
ellen
04/20/07
Michaelle, you posted twice, I answered on the other one.

Tina, Since the usual serving for tacos and enchiladas is 2, and you are serving 1, use a recipe for tacos that serves 100 and a recipe for enchiladas that serves 100. I have some of each posted. The beans rice and salad take thye amount for 100 on my planning page, or any of the rice for 100 or beans for 100 recipes, and use 2 times for 200.

ellen
04/20/07
Patti, if you are on a tight budget, please consider a beautiful baked lasagna- much easier to serve, probably less expensive if homemade, it is made ahead and goes in the oven covered at 275 when you go to the church/ceremony. Or a chicken casserole, ditto. Or even BBQ chicken quarters. The problems with burgers are, they have to be cooked fresh or they are not so good, and you need at least 2 pounds of raw ground beef for each 5 persons, plus the buns and condiments, which gets quite expensive. When you add in the sliced tomatoes and other condiments and the side chips, beans, etc, it adds even more to the price.

A green salad is obvious, but consider a three bean salad, or an antipasto type mix with artichoke hearts, olives, carrots, celery, cauliflower, etc, as an attractive alternative. They can be made ahead.

If you do something besides the burgers, cheesy or garlicky French bread is a delicious filler. With a chicken casserole I might add a rice dish.

Emily Waclawski
04/20/07
I have a graduation party. I need to know how many bbq wings I should plan per person. There will be approximately 70 people.
My menus consists of
4 sandwich rings
BBQ wings
Pasta salad
chips
dip
salsa
bean salad
veggie tray
spinach dip/pumpernickel bread

Please advise ont eh bbq wings.

Thanks

ellen
04/21/07
I usually allow 4 wing pieces per person with other foods- that's about 2 pounds raw wing pieces for every 5 people-
Dee
04/24/07
Our church group is having a chicken fry. We are planning on 400 meals. How many pounds of french fries and slaw will I need to purchase.
Nick
04/24/07
I will be having a event where I am making nacho's for 50 people.

My ingredients are:
Chips-5 LB Bags
Sour Cream-
Nacho Cheese Sauce-6 LB Can
Salsa-64 OZ
Refried Beans-7 LB Can
or
Chili w. Beans- 6Lb 12oz Can

Can you please advise me as to the quantity of the items I need to purchase to feed these 50 hungry people. Thanks Nick

joan smith
04/24/07
I am feeding 40 people lasagna. how much hamburger do I need? How many servings can I get out of a 9 x 13 pan?
ellen
04/25/07
Dee, see the plan for 100 page for your items.

Nick, there is a recipe for nachoes on site, which will give you your guidelines. 5 pounds chips should make plenty for 50 people. The chili with beans is too wet unless you drain it, consider refried with about 8-10 pounds regular ground beef cooked up with taco seasoning. Don't forget the sliced jalapenos.

Ypu might look at my layer dip/appetizer as an alternative- you don't have to put every tray in the oven at party time, a big plus.

Joan, see my bulk lasagna recipe on the lotsa pasta page. 8-10 servings per pan- it depends how deep the lasagna is- thinner makes less, but heats up faster.

zulma
05/01/07
how much ziti and sauce
i need to make baked ziti for a school festival i need to know how much ziti and how much sauce do i need to buy for 100 people
ellen
05/02/07
Take a look at the mostaciolli and sausage recipe for 120 on the lotsa pasta page. If you leave out the sausage, you will get about the right quantity for 100.
Mindi
05/02/07
I am having a wedding reception for about 150 people. I am preparing hot turkey sand. and italian roast beef sand. How many lbs of meat of each will I approx. need?
debbie
05/02/07
I am planning beverages for my son's wedding. Can you tell me how much pop we need. We are having 280 guest and are serving beer, wine and water. Thanks for your help.
ellen
05/02/07
I allow 15 2 liters sodas per 100 people when there is a bar. About 1/3 diet/ sugar free, both colas and non-caffeinated.
Jean
05/03/07
We are preparing fruit trays for 320 people.
Melons, strawberries, kiwi and pineapple. How much of each, presuming that the melons are mid-size, please.
Also how many people is considered adequate for one romain lettuce heart?
Mandy Grace
05/03/07
I am catering my reception with the help of my family & friends. My menu is going to be:

Boneless Chicken wings (w/ several sauces)
Meatballs (same with servral sauces)
Finger Sandwiches

Pasta Salad
Tossed Salad or Veggie Trays

Cupcakes (insteadof the traditional cake)

and cookies (diamond, bells, brides, grooms)

and chips/pretzels for munchies

I can find how much of the "meat" type things to make if you are ONLY making that (etc. meatballs you need 10 lbs)..But they have 3 choices does that make a difference???

I have approximately 140 people attending and have no idea about how much of the three to have.

THANK YOU@@!!

ellen
05/06/07
If you have three things, you make a little less than half of Each of the three, so about enough for 70 of each.
ellen
05/06/07
Jean, see the fruit tray page for complete info on the fruit question. See the plan for 100 page for info on romaine salads.
Shannon
05/07/07
Hi there ... for my son's graduation we are sending out approx 100 invites. The menu is:
Chicken Wings
Sauerkraut and Kielbsa
Swedish Meatballs
Baked Beans
Either Macaroni or potatoe Salad
Vegie/Dip Tray.

How much of each would be enough?
Thanks

ellen
05/07/07
Shannon, just plan for 100, teens eat a lot, the folks who don't come will allow for the extra appetites.

These foods are mostly covered in the plan for 100, appetizer planning and vaggie tray pages. For example, it tells you 4 gallons of potato salad and 3 gallons of beans for 100. Since I posted my tables I rarely do original estimates (too many reuqests) but if you use the tables to make your estimates and post it I will be glad to check it for you.

You have to tell me if this is an afternoon party or a lunch or supper time. The amounts are about 40% different depending on time of day.

Margie
05/09/07
how much lettuce for 350 people
ellen
05/10/07
See the plan for 100 tables, The first section is all different kinds of salds, ceasar, tossed, etc.
LaShonda
06/01/07
I'm catering for a 150 people. I concerned about the correct number of gallons of tea and lemonade to prepare for. Could you help me please?!
ellen
06/01/07
LaShonda, there is a beverage planning page. This is for a single meal or less than two hour functions, add about 1/3 to 1/2 more for each additional hour. You want aboput 1 pound of ice per person.
Mel
06/17/07
I am having a family birthday party with 35 people, including kids. I want to have a meat tray so people can make sandwiches. How many pounds of deli meat do you think I should get? I was going to purchase, ham, turkey and maybe roast beef. I will also be having cheeses, american, swiss and provolone. Thanks!
ellen
06/18/07
There is a page for sandwich events. You want 1/3 of the amount for 100 people. It even details amounts for condiments. You can use the button at the top of the forum index page.
CYNDI
07/04/07
Planning a wedding reception from 2 until whenever...even though I have done this before, it's been many years. Cannot remember how much soda pop to purchase for 100. Your website gives a great list of everything but.
ellen
07/04/07
On the beverage planning page- 15 2 liter sodas per 100 people, including some caffeine free and some sugar free. This assumes there are some other drinks
Char
07/07/07
Help! For an imformal reception of about 100, we are planning a taco bar, rice and meat. We are also having Chicken, potato salad, fruit for the older crowd. I an quessing about:
20 lbs gr. beef w/seasoning
10 lbs chopped lettuce
10 lbs shredded cheese
8 lb container of salsa
2 lg cans nacho cheese w/ chips
and of course the jalapeno, etc.
Does this sound about right?
Lori
08/08/07
Making a tossed green salad for apprx. 150 people for a wedding reception, LOTS of other food will of course be there, how many heads of lettuce will I need to purchase, (will buy 2-3 kinds), bulk will be iceburg. Thank you!
ellen
08/08/07
Char, check the baked potato bar amounts- interestingly, the toppings for tacos and baked potatoes are about the same. If you expect 60 taco eaters, use 2/3 the amount for 100.

Lori, see the plan for 100 table, the first salad section, and use just the amount for 100 for light servings for 150 people.

Judith
08/27/07
how much ham to feed approx 70 people
Approximately how much or how large a ham do I need to feed approx 70 people. I also plan to have chicken as a meat.

Thanks, Judith

Sue
08/27/07
Planning a benefit Beef & Beer and are expecting approx. 225 people.

We'll have hot beef sandwiches, pasta and potato salads, baked beans, green beans and mashed potatoes (all from scratch)along with a dessert bar and misc. chips & dips.

How many pounds of potatoes do we need for the mashed potatoes? Obviously, there's plenty of food to chose from and everyone isn't going to like everything...

I've also been told that 15 pounds of macaronic salad is adequate. Is that right?

Surprsie Party
08/28/07
Please Help!

I am throwing a surprise party. I have noted on the invite heavy appetizers and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks provided. It is a party for about 50 adults and it's in the evening. I am planning on having Wings, Chicken bites (the round small pieces of chicken), pizza cut into small squares, turkey wraps cut up into bite size, Sausage Balls, a shrimp platter with plain and marinated shirmp, pasta salad, spin dip & salsa with chips or crackers, a veggie tray, cheese ball, and other chips, chex mix and nuts in other areas of the room. I am also possibly having a basic sald pre mixed in a bowl (not sure about that one).

How much of each should I have? Some will stay an hour .. some will stay 5 or 6 hours. I have no clue how much of each to get?

alice womble
08/29/07
I am having the following for my daughters wedding. How much would I need of each to feed about 200 people?

Chicken salad
small croissants
cheese balls - big homemade
Crackers
small wieners in sauce
sausage balls
fruit trays
vegetable trays
nuts

ellen
08/29/07
Judith, Ham, with the chicken, 1 pound raw boneless for each 3 people.

Sue, 70 pounds of potatoes and 12 poiund dry pasta as the base for the salad- I think that is more than 15 pounds prepared.

Suprise, skip the salad, go with veggie tray and dip (see the veggie tray page). You want 1 1/2 pounds of food total per person, so divide it up as you like, with that weight as a target. See the appetizer planning page for help and ideas.

Alice, all these items are covered on these pages:
sandwich event page (for the chicken salad)
appetizer planniong page
fruit tray page
veggie tray page

Do be SURE to read the article about wedding dinners/ receptions (see the button at the top of the main cook talk page).. When you prepare your initial estimate, post it and I will check it for you.

Karen
08/30/07
recipe
On May 1st you responded to Zulma, Take a look at the mostaciolli and sausage recipe for 120 on the lotsa pasta page. If you leave out the sausage, you will get about the right quantity for 100.
I cannot find this recipe, my question is the same.
ellen
08/30/07
go to the main cook talk page and press the button marked spaghetti. Have fun.
Jill
08/30/07
Hi Ellen: Great site. Thank you so much.
We are having a 50th Wedding anniversary party for our parents. We are having on old fashioned pig roast. (4-H supporters).
The pork dressed will be about 200 lbs.
We opening the reception to all friends and family, and anticipate serving about 150 people. Have a huge family so leftovers shouldn't be a problem. We were thinking of one hot dish either Macaroni and Cheese or Scalloped Potatoes and one cold dish Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad. Baked Beans, Slaw rolls, and homemade cookies. Ice Tea, Lemon Aid and Coffee. How much of each should we prepared if we are serving such variety?

Unless of course you would suggest a tastier and simplier menu.

Thank you again.

ellen
08/30/07
This is a nice, easy menu, I hope you have a great party. I would do the hot starch and the cold starch opposite, one with pasta and one with potato. All these items are in the plan for 100 list, you would use 1 1/2 times the amount for 100. For example, it tells you that you want 35 pounds of potatoes or 6-7 pounds of dry pasta to make salad for 100. There is even a beverage page which tells you the different amounts for breakfast versus dinner coffee.

There are good recipes posted for 100 for all these foods.

An easy way to heat and plan, is, 1 electric roaster which you would fill about 2/3 full, holds 12-13 quarts or about 3 gallons.

As far as the cookies, if you have several kinds, make them fairly small and plan 1 of each kind per person up to 4.

The only thing I might add, in honor of the pork, is a great BBQ dipping sauce and maybe either some baked sweet potatoes or a fruit salad with plenty of pineapple.

Julie
09/03/07
I am having an outdoor luncheon for about 75 people...
I am serving Sandwiches, chips salads, cold appetizers and cake... I am planning on cutting watermelon into squares... How many watermelons should I buy or pounds do I need? Also, is a gallon = to a pound? (I was reading other peoples questions and answers)
Thanks
Julie
ellen
09/03/07
For most dishes, a gallon is around 8 pounds; salad less, of course.
For generous picnic type watermelon servings, I allow 1 pound per person. You could easily do 1/2 that and have plenty. Get seedless- much easier to clean up and eat, and they have been good this year, at least in Texas.
Shelly
09/04/07
I am having a 13th Birthday party for my daughter. There will about 70 kids. I want to keep the menu simple. We are going to have Pizza, chips, and cupcakes. I am not sure how much pizza to get. I would hate to not get enough but I dont want to be eating pizza for the next 2 months either. Thanks for your help, shelly
ellen
09/05/07
You ned 1/4 to 1/3 of a 12" piza per kid, depending on their size (13's can be kid size to man size...). I would add a veggie tray (pr at leat babby carrots, grape tomatoes and cuke sticks or celery sticks) with ranch dip for health and variety.
Sheena
09/05/07
Hello. I am throwing an 25th anniversary celebration for my parents. It will be from 1-4pm and I am planning on about 100 people. There will be a cake, plus other small desserts, and fruit and veggie trays. Based on the numbers given on the planning for 100 page I worked this up but am very unsure of it. I usually do too much but can't afford to in a case like this.
Fruit tray: 6lbs cantaloupe, 2-10lbs watermelons, 8lbs kiwi, and 6lbs grapes
Veggie tray: 5lbs carrots, 8lbs grape tomatoes, 3lbs broccoli, 4lbs of cauliflower
Please let me know what you think. I really appreciate it. Thanks!
Cara
09/18/07
I need to know how much food i need to servere a hot turkey dinner to 200 people. i will serve turkey,mashed potatoes,carrots,peas,canberries,rolls and dressing.
thanks
ellen
09/18/07
Sheena, I am sorry you did not start a new thread, I missed this question.. For 100 people, you want at least 1 pound edible fruit for each 4 people, so this is enough, but if you can afford it, choose other fruits for one of the watermelons- I think of srawberries and a fresh pineapple for color and interest. For the veggie traysI woud add one interesting vegetable, such as two pounds of snow peas and/or those beautiful new miniature sweet peppersthat are yellow, red and orange.

Cara a complete guide to planning and serving a community turkey dinner is already posted at the top of the Big Pots index page.

Phyllis Randle
01/09/08
How much potatoe salad and bake beans feeds 50 people and how may chicken wings feeds 60 people. Please let me know asap party is 1/12/08
ellen
01/09/08
1 3/4 to 2 gallons potato salad, 1 1/2 gallons baked beans. Chicken wings depends on whether they are whole wings or the individual pieces, but if you want a dinner size portion (not just an appetizer) allow 1 pound per person- more than half is skin and bone.
Kimmy
01/12/08
I need to know how much potato salad, macaroni salad, chips, salad mix, veggie trays, fruit trays, dinner rolls I will be needing for over 1,000 people ? For our Welcome Home Party for our Soldiers. Any help would be greatly appreciated for this huge amount of people.
If you could please let me know asap !
Thank you and God Bless !
Kimmy
ellen
01/13/08
ALL these items are covered exactly in the plan for 100 page, the veggie tray page and the fruit tray page. Just multiply each amount times 10 to get 1000.

May they all come home safe, and be able to stay here.

cheryl
01/14/08
How many spiral sliced bone in hams are needed for 200 people. Menu - baked eggs, ham, fruit, toast & juice. Thanks!
ellen
01/14/08
Assuming it is breakfast/brunch, you want about 1/2 the amount for a dinner serving, so same as dinner for 100. If you check the plan for 100 page, you will see that is (raw) 2 25 pound bone in hams, or 4 15 pound bone in hams. If they are already cooked, just to be rewarmed, you need about 80% of the raw weight-
Shawanna
01/16/08
Serving about 60 people and I need to know how much to get for each item, we will be eating at about 6pm the menu includes
Chicken
Meatloaf
Macaroni
Corn
Cabbage
Cornbread
Spaghetti
Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy
Deviled Eggs
Sweet Potato Pie
Carmel Cake
Banane Pudding
ellen
01/16/08
Shawanna, you can use my tables for 100 and use 2/3 of the amount for 100 for the single items. Use 1/3 of each for the chicken and meatloaf, and for the desserts see the dessert planning page. One recipe of the deviled eggs on my site would be fine for this party. If you prepare an estimate, I will check it for you.
Felicia
01/17/08
Could you please how much green salad would it take to feed 170,and how many bottles of Dressings?
Jessica
01/17/08
I'm chairing a spaghetti dinner for my daughters school and would like your opinion on quantity.

Spaghetti noodles will be cooked before hand and reheated. How many pounds do you suggest for 150?

Sauce will be basic Prego traditional with tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and of course some added veggies. Is 1 cup of sauce per person sufficent?

Salad - How many 3lb. bags of salad mix would work for 150 people? Tomatoes and other veggies would be added for flavor. Also should we mix dressing into the salad before or let the guest serve themselves?

Thanks so much for your extremely helpful website!

ellen
01/17/08
Jessica, see the instructions for spaghetti dinner for 50-60 on the lotsa pasta/ spaghetti page, and make 2 1/2 to 3 times the amount (larger if middle or high school, smaller if grade school or lesser crowd.) These items are covered exactly. There is also very specific info on reheating spaghetti.
ellen
01/17/08
I would not premix the dressing unless I were making a wilted salad. See the article for help on amounts and types of dressing.
Jan
02/05/08
How much chipped ham should I buy to make 70 Ham BBQ's.
ellen
02/08/08
18 pounds
helen
07/16/08
How much do I need of each item listed to feed 200 people? Also list the amount of ingredients needed for each dish.

Collar Greens
Potato Salad
Macaroni & Cheese
Baked Beans
Sliced Ham
BBQ ribs
BBQ Chicken
Roasted Chicken
Seven Layered Salad
Corn Bread
Slice bread and rolls
Watermelon
Fruit trays
Cakes
Pop
Water
condiments

Veggie trays
Drumettes
Cold Cut Trays
Macaroni Salad
Lemonade
Pineapple Punch
Sheet cakes

ellen
07/17/08
Helen, as you will notice when you read through this and other threads, I do not do the initial estimates on the requests. Because I have posted all the tables I use for quantities for 100, I ask my readers to make an initial estimate, post it, and I will review it and comment.

It is also unclear whether you mean 200 of each type meat or you plan to serve all at once for one 200 person event. The exception I will make to help with initial estimates is when there are several meats served at the same time, and to help with this estimate I need to know the age range or type of crowd, whether this is all you can eat buffet or plated, whether it is included in an event fee or pay per plate, and about what you expect in terms of how many of each. All these affect the quantities people take. This varies from region to region and you know better than I.

This looks like two separate meals and there are tables and recipes for all the foods on the site.

You can write back.

Del Dempewolf
07/29/08
Cookies and cup cakes
I am having a backyard wedding for my grand daughter. We will have approx. 125 people, she wants a desert table, or cookies and cupcakes,punch fountain,anc choclate fountain. Her cake will be a 3 tiered hexogon cake. Any suggestions how many cookies and cupcakes we should have. The wedding will be at 7 pm and most of the guest are college student ages. Thanks
ellen
07/29/08
With college students, I would allow 2 desserts per person. There is an article called dessert bars , just plan for about 200 portions, there is an article on chocolate fountains and their care and set up. There is also a beverage planning page. I think these will be what you need- when you have made some estimates, if you are still uncertain, write and post them and I will check for you.

You might consider an ice cream sundae bar instead of a chocolate fountain, it offers more variety and is easier and safer to serve.

All these articles have buttons at the top of the main cook talk page and links in the planning area of the Big Pots index page.

Paula
10/02/08
Hello! we are have a church lunchen and need to know how much Ham and turkey is needed to feed 70 people also haveing potato salad, baked beans
will use the small style hamburger bun. Many Thanks Paula
ellen
10/02/08
You want about 4 ounces ready to eat turkey plus 3 ounces ready to eat ham for each person. There are yield tables for the turkey in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots. The ham is 1 pound ready to eat for each 5 or 1 pound preheat yourself for each 4.
Niyati
11/04/08
We are making bean salad for 200 people. How beans do I need? Dry or canned?

THanks!!

ellen
11/04/08
It depends on what KIND of bean salad. You want about 12 cup per serving and about 120 servings for a self service single salad. I like a 4 bean mix with short cut green beans, red kidney beans, white beans or black-eyed peas and garbanzos. Sometimes I add drained niblet type corn, and I like slivered celery or bell pepper, too, for taste and appearance; about 2 parts of each of the beans and 1 part of each of the additional items. Then about 1 part of a good Italian dressing or vinegrette. 1 #10 can is about 12 cups drained and rinsed.
ellen
11/04/08
Also, 1 pound of dried beans makes 6-8 cups. Make sure they are soaked, drained and well-cooked; garbanzos take about twice as long as other beans.
Louise
12/01/08
Ellen, I am serving 70 people a bone in ham roast along with a chicken breasts w/ artichoke and olive dish. How much of each will be needed as part of a full meal? There will be appetizers served before hand. Thank you!
ellen
12/01/08
Hmm. This is a little tougher than usual because the chicken dish is exotic. Assuming buffet service, I would make 3 ounces ready to eat ham PLUS 4 ounces ready to eat chicken breast per person to allow for choice. That would be about 15 pounds raw chicken breast and about a 20 pound bone in ham.
Julie
12/03/08
Hey Ellen, thanks for the info on the pork. Your website is fantastic it is saving so much time! So Now I need to know how much chicken to buy (in pounds) to have shredded chicken salads. It's a tex-mex style with beans, rice,lettuce, and chicken. The lady I am working with on this wants to use chicken breast because she thinks it will be easier than whole chickens. So that is what we will probably use. Thanks
ellen
12/04/08
Boneless skinless thighs are moister and more chicken-y than breast, and cheaper. I would allow 1 pound raw for each 3-4 persons.
Nikki
01/08/09
I am planning a wedding and the guest list is over 300 but I am planning on only about 150 to show up. I was wondering how much pop I should buy for that many people and when should I buy it? Cans or 2 liters? There is going to be beer, coffee and lots of mix drinks. Please help!
brenda
01/08/09
how much fruit salad do I need foe 400 people?
ellen
01/09/09
Nikki, see the beverage planning page for discussion. Also, that is a very optimistic estimate- are you SURE that half the people invited won't come?

Brenda, see the quantity tables on the fruit tray page and the salad section at the top of the plan for 100 page.

Rachel
01/11/09
Im having a baby shower for about 70 people. I was wondering if 4 (2lb pans) of ziti would be enough.
ellen
01/11/09
If this is the only entree, no. If you go look at the weight and the serving estimates on a family-size stouffers frozen mac or lasagna, you will see how much you need for 70 people.
Stuart Hendry
01/25/09
Service suggestion
Hi I'm catering for 132 people and they having Haggis , Turnip , mash potato as a starter . I'm the only chef but i have kitchen porters to help i need fast rapid technique to get 132 portions out the kitchen fast i have some ideas but i don't think they will be that fast . Please help Stu .
ellen
01/25/09
You make a double row with the items down the middle of the table in the order they go on the plate. One server each side for each item plus a wiper at the end of each line to clean up the plate. You should be able to plate this in about 20 minutes. Servers take out a tablefull at a time- classiest and most likely to stay hot if you have the plate covers. You either have those folding tray holders that the server can set the large tray on to serve, or you have to have two servers- one to hold the tray while the other serves. This just about doubles the number of servers you need.

Most people don't like haggis, hope these are small portions...

Karen Cunningham
02/08/09
How much Johnny Marzetti will it take to feed about 85 people? How many oz. of lb. noodles?
How much sauce? Your response would be greatly appreciated. I haven't cooked for a group this
large since the 1980's.
Thanks,
Karen
ellen
02/08/09
There is a recipe called sausage and mozzarella bake for 120 on the spaghetti/ lotsa pasta page. If you use it as a quantity guideline for the sauce, meat, pasta and cheese, you can use 2/3 the amount and come out just about right.
Amanda
02/16/09
I am having a wedding and need to know how to make chex mix for 200 people for the favor boxes... how would i convert this? I believe that we will be having a serving size of 3/4 cup per person. thanks if you can help
ellen
02/16/09
The only way I can suggest to estimate this is look for the volume and weight on a box of chex mix (it is sold ready-made these days) and figure out the weight of a serving of the size you want- then you will be able to estimate how much to make.
Joyce
02/16/09
How many turkeys and ham is needed to feed 75 guests. They want the 2 meats.
Olivia Williams
02/18/09
I will preparing for a wedding guest list of 200 and will be serving baked ziti, mixed green salad and fresh bread. How much of each will I need?
CASEY
02/18/09
you have too many carbs ....
ellen
02/19/09
Joyce, this is discussed in detail in the article on planning and shopping for large holiday meals in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots.

Olivia, you can estimate salad and bread from the plan for 100 lists. The ziti depends on whether it is the only entree, one of several entrees, or a side dish and whether or not it contains meats. Send more info, or look at the pasta estimating table at the bottom of the plan for 100 lists.

Norene
04/06/09
Dear Ellen,

I am helping my daughter with her wedding reception. It will be an evening reception. She is wanting me to make my shrimp macaroni salad. I would like to know the amount of macaroni to purchase to make this salad for about 250 to 300 guests. The other ingredients will be tomatoes, chopped olives, baby shrimp, cucumbers and green onions. If you could help my by let me know how much I need to purchase it would be greatly appreciated.

ellen
04/06/09
6 pounds macaroni per 100 if this is the only starchy salad, somewhat less if there are other starchy salads. But shrimp is so popular, I would probably use the 6 pounds.
Fox Kapoor
04/14/09
Hey Ellen,

I will be cooking for a polynesian luau and I wanted to know how much chicken thigh's will feed about 1,000 people?

ellen
04/14/09
See the plan for 100 page, chicken section, use 10 times the amount- has all the difeerent pieces and types. Mahalo.
Vivian
04/28/09
I need to feed 70 people refriend beans..The man at the taqueria claims I will need 2.5 Gallons. Is this true?
patrice
05/18/09
how much dry pasta do you use to make 20 lbs of pasta salad
ellen
05/18/09
Vivian that is about 2/3 cup per person, a usual estimate for a heavy serving.

Patrice it doesn't figure in that direction- a pound of pasta salad can be double in volume another recipe, depending on what else and how much else is added, type of dressing etc. How many are you tying to feed, or what volume are you trying to reach?

Robbie
05/19/09
We are planning a 50th wedding anniversay party for our parents. We are having the food catered for the party. Should we have fruit or veggie trays? We are planning for around 50-60 people.

Any ides would be appreciated!

ellen
05/19/09
Fruit trays are more popular. With this age group, if I were doing a veggie tray, I would do a relish tray with marinated and braised veggies- seniors aren't big carrot stick enthusiasts.
kathy
05/28/09
How many lbs. potatoes
How many lbs potatoes for potatoe salad for 200
ellen
05/28/09
See the plan for 100 page, first item.
patty
05/31/09
I am planning a wedding reception with 100 guest. We are having chicken and reoast beef, how much meat should be calculated per person?
ellen
06/01/09
Estimating this is discussed in some detail on the entree chart of the plan for 100 page. At a buffet service party, you need 5 ounces cooked ready to eat beef PLUS 3 ounces cooked ready to eat chicken to allow everyone their first choice. You need 2 pounds raw boneless beef to get 5 5 ounce servings.
Rachel
07/21/09
I have to cook Lasagna for the women's ministry meeting in August. I have to make enough to feed 40 people at least. could you please tell me ... how many pans I need, how much hamburger meat, ricotta cheese, noodles, spegetti sauce and chedder/mozerella cheese I need? thanks rachel
ellen
07/21/09
See the spaghetti page. Make for 50. You will have plenty.
Kelly
07/27/09
My son's first birthday party is coming up, and we have decided to do ziti, meatballs, peppers & onions, garlic bread and tossed salad... how much of everything do I need to make?
Kelly
07/27/09
sorry, that is sausage w/peppers & onions.
ellen
07/28/09
Kelly, I can't do any estimates when you don't say how many people. However; the bread and salad are covered in the plan for 100 lists and the spaghetti/ pasta in the spaghetti page. I usually allow 3-4 ounces meatballs PLUS 2-3 ounces sausage, 2 ounces bell pepper and 1-2 ounces onions per person for these meats. The ziti, 1 9x13 for 8-10 people (depends on how big of eaters they are.
Kelly
08/10/09
Sorry - 60 people... we bought the deep dish aluminum pans/trays to make the ziti in - I think they are like 13x20 and 3 inches deep. We bought 2 trays - will that be enough??
ellen
08/10/09
Yes, each of these holds 3 9x13 pans.
Karen's homemade
08/13/09
How much needed? for 200
I am catering an event with 2000 ppl in attendance. I am in need of proper amounts for the sides because I do not want to over buy. The menu is as follows:
Hot dog- 1 pp
Brat- 1 pp
Burger- 1 pp
pasta salad
potato salad
baked beans
cole slaw
bag of chip- 1 pp

Thank you for all you help!
Karen's Homemade meals

ellen
08/13/09
Caterers estimate you need 10-11 gallons of sides like these for each 100 people. I usually break this down to 3 1/2 to 4 gallons potato salad, 3 baked beans and 2 1/2 each slaw and pasta salad.
Lori
08/20/09
Hi, Im having a birthday party for my son, there will be about 40 people there, We are having Sub Sandwiches, Corn on the cob & I want to make mac & cheese, I was wondering how many pounds I should make???? Thank you
ellen
08/20/09
It depends on your son's age; 1 pound for each 8 for teens and early 20's, 1 pound for each 10-12 for adults.
Diane
08/24/09
This is a wonderful site, and I am bookmarking this to my favorites! Can you please check my menu and quantities? We have confirmed 75 headcount, with another 25-50 flexible headcount that may show.....so we are gaging between 100-150 attendees. It's a casual outdoor picnic/bday party, and below is the menu, but we need to verify quantities:
We are roasting a 200 lb pig (some used as pulled pork for sandwiches).
PLUS we'll have:
Potato Salad (homemade) - 30 lbs potatoes?
Cole Slaw (homemade) - 3 heads?
Buns (for sandwiches) - ~200 buns?
Fried Chicken - 50 pieces
German Meatballs - 10 lbs
Applesauce - 2 gal?
Baked Beans - 2 gal?
Veggie/Relish Tray - fresh from gardens
5 Bean Salad - 1.5 gal
Fresh Fruit Mix (Melons, Berries) - 20 lb
Beverages: Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, Pop
Chips / Condiments
Cakes - 4 large sheet cakes

Thanks - appreciate any feedback!

ellen
08/25/09
You did a great job. You will have a LOT of meat left- the usual allowance is 1 pound whole hog per person- get the extra to the fridge ASAP and don't let it stand at room temp, or it will not be safely save-able.

cole slaw- I would do 2 1/2 gallons- 18 to 20 pound assorted shredded veggies
baked beans-3 gallons, unless they are really not very popular with your crowd
cakes- a full sheet cake cuts 100 modest pieces, about 60 more generous; if these are full sheets, you could have a lot of cake left.

You can get help with the beverages on the beverage planning page.

You might consider using fried apples, they are so good with pork and much more interesting than applesauce.

Diane
08/25/09
Oh Yum! Fried apples sound so much better than applesauce! Thanks for the suggestion on the pork - we'll definitely put some away in the fridge and do a quick reheat if needed. Thanks so much for your review and help!!
Diane
08/25/09
Ellen - Do you have a fried apples recipe on here? I found some on a couple of other sites, but was wondering if I can pre-cook these, and then keep them in a slow cooker or electric roaster during the party? Also, how far in advance can I prep this?
ellen
08/25/09
I just use my crockpot or roaster oven to keep them warm, it works great. heat to desired temp on the stove hold at 185 in the roaster or high in the crockpot. You can do a couple days ahead and reheat day of; it gives the cinnamon and ginger time to sink in. Using frozen applejuice concentrate instead of all water really kicks up the apple flavor.
Diane
08/26/09
Perfect - thank you again so much!
Steve
09/21/09
How many pounds of french fries will I need to feed 60 people for a fish fry. There will be kids and adults.
ellen
09/21/09
4 ounces per person is the equivalent of the small pack of French fries at McDonalds. That would be 15 pounds. I would probably do 20, especially if it was self serve depending on the other dishes.
Cindi
10/02/09
Hi Ellen, How much ziti must I make for 35 adults, we are also having salad and rolls.
Thank you for your help.
ellen
10/02/09
Check out the sausage mozzarella bake on the spaghetti page, use the quantities as a guideline (1/3 the amount would be about right) and adapt to your favorite ziti recipe.
Joann
10/04/09
Hi Ellen, I'm doing a Ocktoberfest menu for 25. 13 adults,(at least 6 big eaters), 7 teens & 2 kids. I think I have the amounts right from reading here but just want to double check with you. A 12-lb. boston butt for a braised pork roast,4 1/2 qts potato salad, 4 qts red cabbage, 6 qts vegtable soup (small servings as an app.)and 3 apple stack cakes. Other people will be makeing appitizers & and macaroni gratin, & possible some greens.
One more question if you don't mind. I will be making everything ahead & bring it to the function. Thought I'd go ahead a chop up the roast, mix it up with the gravy and cover & re-heat it in maybe 325 oven for how long? I don't want it to dry out, although I think the gravy will prevent that. What do you think?
ellen
10/05/09
I would count this as 25 people, 1/4 of 100. You will not have any meat left-it is very close- so I might stand and serve that while letting people help themselves to everything else.
An hour tightly covered on the meat, check temp in the middle of the pan, it should be 180 degrees. If it is a small deep pan it will take longer.
Joann
10/06/09
Thank you Ellen. I've decided to do 2, 10lb. boneless roasts instead. Does everything else sound likes it's enough? Thanks
ellen
10/06/09
yes, the rest looks like about what I would estimate.
Chris
10/07/09
How much sauerkraut would I need to feed approximately 400 people at a food tasting?
ellen
10/08/09
About 1/4 cup per person. A #10 can holds 12 1/2 cups.
Patrice
10/09/09
If I am making 36 turkey hoagies on foot long rolls, how much turkey and cheese do I need?
ellen
10/09/09
5-6 ounces of turkey per sandwich (1 pound each 3 sandwiches), 2-3 ounces of sliced cheese.
Debbie
10/12/09
helping a friend cook for her wedding reception for around 250 peaple menu is as follows:spaghetti with meatballs and sauce they don't want this to be mixed. crawfish fetticine but with bow tie noodles this will be mixed together green beans, corn, ceaser salad, and garlic bread.
Debbie
10/12/09
Hi Ellen I just submitted my menu but didn't ask a specific ??. Need to know how much of the noodles, sauce and meatballs, how much crawfish and bow tie noodles. Also the garlic bread, and ceaseer salad.
ellen
10/12/09
Unsauced spaghetti cooked ahead and held withoput reheating? Not very good. Talk to them about putting the sauce on and serving the meatballs separately.

You need to look at the spaghetti/ lotsa pasta page for discussion on holding/reheating pasta.

For 250 people, I would make spaghetti and meatballs for 175-200, see the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 on the same page and make 3 times thes amounts. For the crawfish, you will also need about 150 people's worth probably; people with think it is shrimp, and they basically inhale anything shrimp on a buffet. When you have multiple entrees, people tend to take more and some of each.

The rest is all covered in the plan for 100 tables, you would use 2 1/2 times the amounts for 250.

Mildred
10/27/09
How much turkey, ham, mashed potatoes,and stovetop stuffing do i need to serve 2000 people
ellen
10/28/09
See the article in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots, on planning asnd shopping for large holiday dinners. All this is covered precisely.
Sue
11/16/09
how much turkey do I need to serve 70 people on thanksgiving, it is the only meat I'm having, but, i'll also have the tators, stuffing, veg, roll, dessert
ellen
11/16/09
I suggest 1 pound raw whole per adult. 3/4 pound raw whole is the minimum, there won't be anything but scraps left.
Turkeys under 18 pounds are easier to cook and have better meat. 3 would be good, 4 would be beaucoup plenty.
jjayy
11/27/09
how much should a turkey roaster weigh if i want to sevrve it to 8 people
ellen
11/28/09
Hi, there. It depends on what cut is roasted; bone-in or boneless breast, thighs, tenders, etc. There is a turkey yield table for all the different cuts in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots to help you, you want about 7 ounces cooked meat for party type servings.
Joy Broughton
12/08/09
Help!
We are having a Christmas dinner this Sunday for 70 adults and are serving 4 Turkeys. (Thanks to your above reply to Sue.)

We are also serving Dressing, and Mashed Potatoes. Would you please let me know how many loaves of bread I will need to make enough dressing to feed this many and how many pounds of potatoes are needed also. I really appreciate your help. Thank you!

ellen
12/08/09
25 pounds of potatoes. I make a cornbread and bread mixed stuffing, the recipe is in big pots, and I use about 10 pounds of dried crumbs for 100 people.
Julie
01/11/10
How much ground beef do I need to make chili for 400 people ?
ellen
01/11/10
It depends on what kind of chili you are making. See the recipes for 100 on the chili page and use 4 times the amount. The bare minimum is about 1/2 the amount in the recipe for church supper chili.
Lorraine
01/16/10
I am making a cheese and cracker tray to serve approximately 60-65 guests. How many boxes of crackers should I purchase?
ellen
01/17/10
About 4 pounds
Barb
01/22/10
Hello Ellen i need to know how many sandwiches i can get out of 8lbs of turkey breast or with ur help i need to make 180 boxed lunches using the following : ( how many sandwiches for each product) Turkey breast roast beef corn beef turkeyham ham chicken salad seafood/shrimp salad tuna salad also included are 15 veggie wraps thank you
ellen
01/22/10
Barb, there is a turkey and chicken yield table to help you with that, and a discussion on quantities in the sandwich article. You MUST get the host to tell you how many of each they want; this is WAY too many choices for 180 box lunches (there should be about 3); shrimp salad is not a safe choice for box lunches unless they are holding them refrigerated.
The assortment also depends on what kind of group. All men will eat mostly roast beef, all ladies will eat more chicken and turkey.
Janet
01/23/10
I'm planning a wedding for my daughter who wants Mexican food. We have a facility and are looking at different catering options, including all inclusive and just purchasing the food and hiring a wait staff (from a very authentic Mexican restaurant). We want chicken fajitas, cheese quesadillas, a make your own taco bar with shredded chicken and shredded beef (with all the fixings), and rice and beans, queso dip, slasa and chips. I don't know how to figure how many servings of fajitas, quesadillas, and tacos to order. The restaurant sells by the serving of each. We're expecting about 80 people, mostly adults. Can you give me an idea of how much of each I should order?
Thanks!
ellen
01/23/10
This is a nice size party. You could easily make the Spanish rice and the beans yourself using the recipes on this site.

For 80 people, I would plan 60 servings of chicken fajitas, 50 quesadillas and cut them in halves or quarters, and 100 tacos, 65 beef and 35 chicken. See the baked potato/ taco bar article for help on quantities for the taco bar.

I would probably do enchiladas rather than quesadillas, as they hold much better.

mike
01/28/10
hi there, I have to cook for a party of 60. i was just wondering how much macaroni would i need to buy, for macaroni salad. we are having ribs beans and garlic bread also. thank you
ellen
01/28/10
4 pounds dry should be plenty; 2/3 the amount from one of the recipes for 100.
Janet
01/30/10
Thank you Ellen, this really helps a lot! This is an awesome site and I'll use for all my parties; I love the recipes too!
Janet
sandra
02/01/10
how much do I need to serve 200 people the following:
Horsd'qeuvres= cheese cubes, nuts, crackers
Vegg: green beans how many gallon cans to serve 200 people
Thanks
marivel
02/02/10
i am haveing a party and there will be about 60-80 people there.i am serving beef and chicken fajitas and smoked sausage how many pounds you think i need
ellen
02/02/10
Saundra, see the appetizer planning page for the bites and the plan for 100 page at the bottom for green beans.

Marival, 4 ounces cooked ready to eat beef (2 pounds raw boneless for 7 people) PLUS 2 1/2 ounces cooked ready to eat chicken (1 pound raw boneless skinless for 5 people) PLUS 1 pound sausage for each 5-6 people. Weight of grilled onions and peppers is made from a weight of raw veggies equal to the raw weight of the beef plus chicken.

Christy
02/04/10
Hi Ellen,
I am planning my wedding reception in May. We are having a cake and brunch following a morning wedding for about 175 to 200 people. We are having...
Waffles
Granola and Yogurt
Tea Sandwiches (chicken salad, ham and swiss, roast beef and cheddar)
a fruit tray
a vegggie tray
and various pastries
How much do we plan per item? For instance, do we make 200 waffles, even though people wont eat a waffle, a tea sandwich, granola and yogurt and pastries? We'd appreciate any advice you can give. :)
ellen
02/05/10
I would rework the menu a little, especially since the tea sandwiches are slow and hard to make, must be made the morning of, don't keep well, and can't be reused/ saved.

Waffles- are you planning to make all these ahead? If so, I would do French toast using texas toast halves; it holds better. And yes, you need one per person.
Granola and Yogurt- allow 1/2 cup each per person, add 1/4 cup fruit topping (such a cherry or strawberry)
Tea Sandwiches (chicken salad, ham and swiss, roast beef and cheddar)-switch to ham and bacon sides
a fruit tray- good
a veggie tray- skip. You could do broiled tomato halves if you want a veggie.
and various pastries- OK
What about an egg dish, strata?

Christy
02/05/10
Thank you so much! This is such a huge help. If I was to do an egg quiche or something, would I need to do one slice per person of that as well?
I think we will cut the tea sandwiches out and replace them with ham and bacon.
ellen
02/05/10
You would cut the pieces smaller than usual- you know how they are usually cut into 4 or 6? You would cut 8- and allow one piece per person. But consider one of the egg and veggie casseroles- much less trouble day of.
bette
02/06/10
32 pounds of dried pinto beans to serve 400 as a side dish---what is the serving size?
1/2 cup? 1 cup?
ellen
02/06/10
One pound makes 6-8 cups, depending on the bean and what is added, so the size is a bit less than 2/3 cup.
Linda
02/07/10
Hi ellen

I have to cater for 350 people and having trouble working out how much milk need for cups of instant coffee in foam cups I will need can you help.
thanks Linda

ellen
02/07/10
I allow 3 quarts of milk or cream for 100 people, but why are you serving instant coffee, it is much more complicated, more expensive, and less tasty?
Marilyn
02/13/10
HELP is needed ... poor recently unemplyed lady is catering a party for 70 people, I have cooked for three grad. partys for that amount but alot was purchased ... here is my menu, I need help for amouts of meat I should purchase and what kind of chicken can be made so it does not taste dry and over cooked!

Irish Stew - can be made the day before and heated up
Sausage, Peppers and Onions
SOME sort of chicken
Salt Potatoes
Pasta Salad
Two Bean and Rice Salad
Rolls

Thanks for ANY suggestion!!

ellen
02/13/10
Is this the entire menu? No appetizers, vegetables, desserts? Please write back.
Stephanie
03/02/10
Hi Ellen,I am in desperate need of advice. My daughter Haley is in elementary school and the Home & School is having a Spring Festival which would be the entire school and their family. I am in charge of all food/concession stand and have no clue how much of anything to buy. The menu is hamburgers, hot dogs, walking tacos, snack size bags of chips, soda, water, Juice paks, celery and carrots/dip, and possibly nachos or pasta salad. We have had this event in the past but there doesnt seem to be any records of what was purchased. I am the only volunteer for food and feel extremely worried that I will buy to much or to little. I have sent and hand delivered donation letters to area businesses plus I will send a letter home with the children for parents to also donate. What do I ask from the parents and how much? This is like a big puzzle that needs every piece to make it come together and I am the one creating the puzzle. I just want it to be extremely successful and profitable and would appreciate any advice that you could give me. Thank you so much in advance for your help - I truly do appreciate it! Stephanie
Stephanie Wilkinson
03/02/10
Hi Ellen, There are 288 children in the elementary school and this is a fundraiser for the Home & School Association. Whatever money is raised will directly benefit the school and supplies for the children. The festival is for the students (288) plus family memebers and teachers, etc. Since there is no way of knowing how many people will show up - how can you possibly know what amounts of anything to buy? Thanks again for your help, I appreciate it! Stephanie Wilkinson
ellen
03/03/10
Stephanie, this is a mess.

Find out who did it last year and get to them immediately. You can't possibly do this from scratch with any help.

Do you have ANY budget? Are you stuck with this menu? The hamburgers and hot dogs are NOT easy and not cheap- a sub sandwich that does not require grilling is much easier and can be cheaper. There seem to be no sweets or desserts, and these are usually big money makers.

Also, I need to know the day and time of day, how long is the event and what the people will be doing (games? show? etc).

Please start a new thread so I can find your questions easily and write back.

shirley
03/24/10
having 70 people for supper wedding how much three bean salad ing.
how much potatoes for mustard salad
carol
03/24/10
I am catering a wedding of 250 people and want to know how many pounds of ready made meatballs to get, and cheesey potatoes, vegetables and a reslish and vegetable tray. I need to know as soon as possiable.
ellen
03/25/10
Hi, Carol,
This is a site for home cooks and volunteers, as I cannot be liable/responsible for commercial catering. For paid events, I recommend chef2chef.com and cheftalk.com.

That said, you need to read the wedding dinner article, get some idea about insurance for the event, staffing, food safety, etc. Even if unpaid, you can be sued if someone gets sick or is injured.

You might also find these articles on site helpful;
ready made meatballs to get, depends on whether they are an appetizer or main course and what other entrees are being served. Discussed in the entree section of the plan for 100 page.
cheesey potatoes, roaster recipe is at the bottom of the festive family brunch article. Start with about 20 pounds frozen hash browns per 100.
vegetables- see the veggie section at the bottom of the plan for 100 page
relish and vegetable trays- see the guides on the veggie tray page.

Jessica
04/11/10
I am catering an event in which there will be 20 10-12yr old girls and about 10 adults. I am cooking vegetable rice and stew drumsticks. I figure 2 drums per person and about 10 cups of rice is that right?
Jessica
04/11/10
I need to know right away please thank you.
jessica
04/11/10
This is not a paid event I am volunteering for my daughter's drama class
ellen
04/12/10
Add an extra drum per dad or teen. 10 cups (5 pounds) dry rice will give you plenty, probably too much, but 10 cups cooked is shy; this counts as about 20-25 people.
Donna Perryman
04/14/10
Pancake Breakfast
Our youth group will be having a pancake breakfast fundraiser to raise funds for a mission trip to feed between 200-300 people.
We need to know how much of pancake mix (the kind that you only need to add water)butter pods,orange juice, milk,syrup,bacon,sausage,and coffee to purchase. It would be a great help if you could break these items down for us. Thank you in advance for all your help.
Donna Perryman Proverbs 3:5&6
krishfen
04/16/10
How many kg of haggis would be needed for 120 people.
Erric Chaney
04/16/10
I am preparing to participate in an event in which I must cook 300 samples of Chicken Parmesan, and Lasagna. I was thinking of making a salad of field greens with a vinnegrate dressing. How much volume of meat should I purchase. Lasagna Noodles,Chicken,Ricotta,Mozzarella? Since this will be the bulk of my cost, I would like to get an estimate to make 1x1 samples
ellen
04/16/10
I would make lasagna for about 120. to allow just a tasting size portion. See the spaghetti/ lotsa pasta page. You want 2 ounces chicken per portion, you will have to calculate the rest for that recipe based on the recipe you are actually using.
joyce
04/18/10
hello ellen frm ky..am cooking pulled pork for about 70 ppl including children..how many pork butts do i need and the poundage of each..thanks so much and have a great day
ellen
04/19/10
You need about 30 pounds raw boneless- 35 if big eaters- get the same sizes and you can cook together.
Brenda
04/22/10
Hi Ellen,
I am in charge of planning food for a memorial service reception of about 60 people. I have been given an open budget and will be purchasing hors d'ouevers and dessert items from BJ's or Sam's club as requested. The service is at 2:00pm so I expect people to arrive around 3:15/3:30. Can you recommend a menu as well as amounts needed. That would include drinks as well. Thank you. I need this info asap as I am shopping today for this Sat.(the 24th) I have just stumbled on this site so I understand if you are not able to help me due to insufficient notice. Thanks again
ellen
04/23/10
Hello, Brenda,

This is a practical size for such a group. Where I will suggest you look at some of my plan for 100 tables, just remember you need 2/3 for about 60 people. Because of the time it is scheduled they will have eaten lunch, so you only need reception level amounts of food. I shop at Sam's some times, so, will discuss as if shopping there.

You want mostly finger food, that allows people to sit and visit.

First of all, you want dinner level coffee (see the beverage planning page) and about 3 gallons of ice tea, plus 30-40 pounds of ice. Get real half and half and fresh lemons. If there will be teens and young adults attending, you can add sodas, see the same table.

Is it possible some folks will bring cakes? If not, you want to get enough cake, streusel type coffee cake, quick breads or cupcakes to allow 1 small piece per person. The frozen cheesecake bites, 1 per person. Again, if teens or young adults add some cookies, maybe also biscotti.

If you have access to a kitchen stove, the mini-quiches and spanakopita (found in the freezer), 1 each per person plus a few extra. If not, look at the prepared foods for some similar savory type bites.

2 fruit trays plus extra strawberries, 1 veggie tray with ranch dip.

About 4 pounds of cheese slices or cubes and 2 pounds of crackers. About 8 pounds of assorted deli-sliced meats. About 6 pounds of breads and rolls to make sandwiches. a good mustard and a good mayo. Usually when people bring items, the sandwiches are made, but Sam's doesn't do that.

A few bowls of chexmix type snack to round out the tables.

Hope this helps.

Brenda
04/23/10
Thank you so much, Ellen! I am truly amazed at the promtness of your reply. It certainly does help and I look forward to learning more from your awesome site. Thanks again.
Debbie
04/25/10
How many pounds of frozen french fries do I need to feed 120 people (adults) with good appetites? Thanks Debbie
ellen
04/25/10
Check out the vegetable table at the end of the plan for 100 page.
ellen
04/25/10
Donna, I missed your message. All thet is covered in detail in the plan for 100 breakfast table, hope you found it.

Krishfen, haggis serves at least 10 people for a kilo, more like 20 if they are just having a taste.

Sandy
04/28/10
I am serving fruit salad for 300. My fruit are can peaches and mandrian oranges, fresh pineapple and grapes. How much of each do I need?
ellen
04/28/10
On the fruit tray page, it discusses how much for various size servings. I would plan an equal weight of edible fruit for each, budget permitting. I would use red black and green seedless grapes for color.
MaryEllen Hall
05/10/10
I am having a father & son dinner at my church. I expect to have about 40 men and sons give or take a few. Would it be more cost effective to make lasagna from scratch or buy frozen lasagna. I also need to know about how many bags of salad mix should I need, and what is a good dessert to serve with Lasagna and salad. Any ideas are welcome. Thank you.
ellen
05/11/10
I would count this as 50 unless the boys are very young. Use1/2 the amount of salad for 100. A selection of medium size brownies and cookies (1 each for each person for up to 4 kinds), maybe with a scoop of ice cream, would be a fine dessert choice, or maybe an ice cream sundae buffet. Do not forget dinner coffee for the dads- see the beverage page, 1/2 the amount for 100.

Homemade lasagna using my no-boil noodle guideline on the spaghetti page is awfully simple. Make at least 1 pan meatless, some of the dads will be on low cholesterol diets.

Cinthia
05/13/10
Hello, Im trying to figure out if making my own BBQ Chicken for my daughter's B-Day party is cheaper than having someone cater Mexican food (Tacos). Not sure how much chicken to buy for about a total of 100- 120 people counting children as well...I was thinking chicken thighs and breasts... potato Salad, ceasar salad, nachos, drinks, and fruit.I was Also thinking of making Hot Dogs for the kids. Do you have any recommendations of what to do to save myself money? How much do you estimate this would cost me? Should I cut stuff out and make it more simple? I was given a tip by a friend to boil all of the chicken and then marinade it in the BBQ sauce because it comes out super tender and then kinda brown it a little on the grill. Any suggestions?
ellen
05/14/10
I can help you with amounts, but you have to do the pricing locally- I can't estimate your sales. etc.

thinking of making Hot Dogs for the kids- skip. Any kid who will eat a hot dog will eat a chicken leg- get 1 bag of legs. If you add, you have to do buns, condiments, etc.

chicken thighs and breasts- 2 pieces per person. An 8 pound bag contains about 18 pieces.

potato Salad,
ceasar salad, See the plan for 100 page. Since these are not the same type- one is starchy and one green- you would use the full amount of each.

nachos, 2 ounces chips per person, 1/4 to 1/3 cup sauce (get 3 #10 cans for 100, open two, only open the third if you need it). A gallon of sliced jalapenos is the max. Some people prefer salsa to cheese- have a few quarts.

drinks, see beverage planning page

fruit, see fruit tray page, make 2 times the tray for 25

Vicki
06/14/10
I am planning an achievement celebration for 70 people featuring a Sundae Bar. How much ice cream, bananas, frozen strawberries, pineapple tidbits (sold to me in 28 oz cans, sprinkles, peanuts, chocolate and caramel sauce(in 64-oz bottles) should I order. The event is from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thank you
ellen
06/14/10
See the ice cream sundae bar page, use 3/4 the amount for 100.
Lisa
07/07/10
I'm having a family reunion in August and expect it to be hot outside. I already know how to compute amount of liquor to purchase. However, I'm stuck with another item. Can you please give me an idea of the amount of soda pop (non-alcoholic beverages) to buy, i.e., average fluid oz. each person might be expected to consume. Will be supplying bottled water. Please help me. Thank you
ellen
07/08/10
It depends on the length of the party, see the beverage planning page for beverages and ice . 8 ounces of water per hour in addition to any other drinks is not too much for summer, outside.
Lynell
07/09/10
Hello, We will be catering for 275 guests. We will have (3) sides, green salad, coleslaw, BBQ beans in addition to our "staple" of twiced baked BBQ potatoes and dinner roll. The guests will choose from one of three meats, Tri-tip, Pulled Pork or Chicken-(thighs). All plates will be served as "complete full plates" with all side items and potatoes, they will have a choice of meat which will be equivelant to 1/2 lb per guest. Please check our meat totals. Tri-tip 95lbs, Pork Butt Roast 50lbs, Chicken Thighs qty 50 pcs. Thank you for your help! This has been posted a second time on "Please Check Meat Totals".
angie
07/13/10
i need a recipe to make enough jello for 50 people
ellen
07/13/10
Lynell, see please check meat totals.

Angie, you nee 9 regular boxes to male a jello salad that has things added, or 12 to make little bowls of dessert jello- 14 if it is in a big pan and they are scooping it up themselves.

Daph
07/16/10
I'm cooking for 75 but they are not all adults, aprox 15 are kids. Do you think I need more than 2 gallons of cole slaw? (also having baked beans, 3 bean salad and Potato salad). Also how much of pickle and onion would you put in 2.5 gallons of potato salad?
ellen
07/16/10
No. 2 gallons of slaw should be fine. you won't have any left, probably. 2.5 gallons of potato salad is about 2/3 of one of my recipes for 100, there are about 8 different potato salad recipes on site, pick one and make 2/3,
Kaleigh
09/22/10
I am getting married in the spring, and want to freeze chunky applesauce this fall for the reception. There will be 200 people. How much would I need?
ellen
09/22/10
7-8 gallons for a small side serving.
crystal
09/25/10
We are doing a hog roast for my sister in laws wedding. We will be having:
crystal
09/25/10
Sorry hit the enter button to soon. We are having:
baked beans
rigatoni
meatballs
potato salad
macaroni salad
veggie trays
rolls
I am thinking scalloped potatoes and corn. We are expecting 200 people. How many potatoes would you need?
ellen
09/25/10
about 60 pounds each for the potato salad and the scalloped potatoes
Tonya
10/03/10
How much stuff needed for 75 people i am serving fried chicken finger salads. please help with cheese, onion toppings,tomatoes,cucumbers and dressing
ellen
10/04/10
I am not familiar with this dish, but it sounds rather similar to taco in the toppings. Take a look at the taco bar/potato bar for the topping amounts. For the greens, allow 1 pound for each 3 people.
Renee
10/13/10
Im having a taco bar for 50 people. How much hamberger,lettus,cheese and tomatoes to I need? Also I want to refry pinto beans how many cans?
ellen
10/13/10
Renee, go to the taco/potato bar and use 1/2 the amounts for 100.
Linda
10/15/10
How many cookies and how much cider would you bring for a Senior Center Cider and Cookies for 60 people?
ellen
10/15/10
I would make cookies and bars medium size, not large or giant, so they made about 4 bites, and I would have at least 4 different ones per person. Don't forget to count the staff and volunteers. For beverages, use the beverage planning paGE.
tacey
11/13/10
yes i need to know how much beef stew to feed 400 people you feel would be enough
ellen
11/14/10
I would use 150-180 pounds of raw boneless meat and the veggies, etc to go with it; the larger amount if it is self serve/ buffet or mostly men or heavy eaters.
Gloria
11/15/10
how much needed??
Hello Ellen I am making meatballs for a party of 100. My question is how much ground beef do I need. I estimated 20 lbs....since a lb of ground beef makes about 12-16 meatballs at 1.5 in...Please advise.....
ellen
11/15/10
That is about right if it is an appetizer portion, or there is another entree or meat. If it is the onoly entree and self serve, I would probably do 25.
Diana
11/19/10
i need to know how much lunchmeat to get of imported ham & turkey to make 200 sandwichs on the small sandwich rolls? Please help
Sue
11/19/10
How many pounds of ground beef would I need to make BBQ"S for 300 people?
ellen
11/19/10
Diana, 1 to 1 1/2 ounce meat and 3/4 to 1 ounce cheese per sandwich, depending on how small0 there are about 4 small sizes.

Sue, assuming you mean a sloppy joe type sandwich, 22-25 pounds per 100. Depends on the size of the buns, what you add and whether it is self serve.

Joy
11/21/10
I am suppose to make the dressing for my quilt group. Sometimes as many as 25 come. I was wondering if a 9x13 pan of dressing would feed that many? Also I wanted to know if it would work if I mix it up less broth until I get to the meeting then add & bake there? We usually start at 10 & eat at 12.
Jan Stringham
12/02/10
How many 3x19 pan size jello salads will it take to serve 300 people? At least one-half are children, but we'll be cutting jello into squares to serve. This accompanies a menu of baked potatoes, rolls and ham.
ellen
12/02/10
Joy, you need 2 9x13. Broth added either time is OK.

Jan, it takes 17 small packets of jello to make jello salad for 100 adults- 8-9 9x13 pans. If it is something kids like, they eat as much as grownups, but with this many kids, 20 pans might be enough.

Michelle
04/06/11
Any further suggestions?
Dearest Ellen,
First off thanks for sharing your amazing self so willingly with others.
I don't see any postings for 2011 so I am curious to see if I get a response. Here goes.
Our church is celebrating it's Anniversary. Expecting 120 people of all ages. They would like to have somewhat fancy hospitality after each of 3 evening services. I have searched your site to find as much as I can on my own. Would you use your gift to go over this and see if you can make any further suggestions?

First night's menu:
7-10 lbs. cubed meat
5-8 lbs. cubed cheese
1 & 1/2 gallons pickle variety
cocktail toothpicks
4 types Crackers(I'm unsure about how many are in a box, so therefore not sure how many boxes to get)
2 types cracker spread (8 cups total)
Veggie tray-broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, snap peas, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes (25-30 lbs. total)
2 veggie dips (10-12 cups total)
4 types dainties (8 9X13 pans)

Second Night's menu
Tortilla Pinwheel Roll-Ups 2-3 flavours using 3 types tortillas shells(not sure how much to make, also cut 1" thick?)
Cold Vegetable Pizza (this has ranch, shredded veggies and cheese on it) planning on cutting 2x2" pieces
Fruit Tray-Strawberries, Pineapple, Grapes, watermelon and Honey dew (30lbs. prepared fruit total)
2 fruit dips (10 cups total)
Bite-Size Cheesecake (120 pieces)

Third night's Menu
2 types cocktail meatballs (20 lbs. gr. beef)
Broccoli Salad (grapes, cauliflower, broccoli, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, bacon, red onion and dressing) Haven't figured out quantities yet.
Strawberry leaf salad with dressing - no quantities yet
11 dozen variety buns (3 lbs. butter)
Anniversary Cake

Of course all 3 nights there will be punch or lemonade (180 ltrs. total) and coffee (7-9 lbs.), cream (4 ltrs.

Thanks for investing of yourself,
Michelle

ellen
04/07/11
This is a little confusing. Is it a meal or a reception/snack? For example, I would not do a broccoli salad for a reception.

The first night is a good start on the reception:
7-10 lbs. cubed meat-10
5-8 lbs. cubed cheese- 12-15
1 & 1/2 gallons pickle variety- OK, some could be olives
cocktail toothpicks
4 types Crackers(I'm unsure about how many are in a box, so therefore not sure how many boxes to get)- go by weight, at ,east 10 pounds
2 types cracker spread (8 cups total)- need a gallon
Veggie tray-broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, snap peas, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes (25-30 lbs. total)- OK
2 veggie dips (10-12 cups total)- need a gallon
4 types dainties (8 9X13 pans)- need 1 of each flavor per person- cut in 2-bite size

Clarify the other days for me?

Michelle
04/07/11
more info
Ellen,
Thanks for your prompt response and help with the first day.
This is to be a reception style.
I would not have choosen broccoli or any salad for that matter, but I was trying to accomodate my Pastor's wife. Do you have any other replacement ideas I could suggest to her, more than the vegetable ones we are trying on the other days?

Second Night's menu
Tortilla Pinwheel Roll-Ups 2-3 flavours using 3 types tortillas shells (60 - 10" tortillas cut 10 pieces per, 15-8 oz. blocks cream cheese gives 2 oz. per 10" tortilla, plus other toppings as per individual recipe)

Cold Vegetable Pizza cut into approx. 2x2" pieces 7 15X10 baking pans worth (14 pk. refrigerated 8oz. crescent rolls, 14-8oz. cream cheese, 7-10 cups (42 oz.) shredded cheddar and (or) mozza, 18-21 cups cut veg.(options: broccoli, shredded carrots, sugar snap peas, roma or cherry tomatoes, radishes, bell pepper, green or red onion, mushrooms, cucumber), 4-6 cups mayo (OR 1/2 mayo, 1/2 sour cream OR half amount italian dressing in place of this and seasonings), 1 pkg. dry hidden Valley OR Uncle Dan's Ranch OR 1 tbsp. dill & 1/2 tsp. onion powder per 2 cresent rolls, 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives (optional),

Fruit Tray - (Strawberries, Pineapple, Grapes, watermelon and Honey dew) 30lbs. prepared fruit total

2 fruit dips (12-16 cups total)

Bite-Size Cheesecake (120 pieces)

Third night's menu remains the same so far.

Thanks Again

Michelle
04/07/11
and more..
How much olives would you suggest with the pickles in the first night's menu?

Third Night's Menu
2 types Cocktail size meatballs 32 cocktail size per lb. (20 lbs. total ground beef)

Ceasar Salad (18 heads romaine, parm cheese, 6 bags croutons, 1 costco bag bacon, 1 costco dressing)

Greek pasta salad (2 kg. pasta, 3 cucumbers, 4 tomatoes, 1 red onion, 3 peppers, 2 cans olives, 1 container or pkg. feta, 2 bottles greek dressing)

Buns (5 dozen ciabbata (grain), 1 dozen pumpernickel, 5 dozen white, 4 dozen whole wheat)

- Anniversary cake

- 60 ltrs. Punch per night

- Coffee 3lbs. per night, Tea, 2 pts. per night Cream & Sugar

ellen
04/07/11
Second Night's menu
Tortilla Pinwheel Roll-Ups 2-3 flavors using 3 types tortillas shells(not sure how much to make, also cut 1" thick?)-per expanded recipe, OK
Cold Vegetable Pizza (this has ranch, shredded veggies and cheese on it) planning on cutting 2x2" pieces- OK
Fruit Tray-Strawberries, Pineapple, Grapes, watermelon and Honey dew (30 lbs. prepared fruit total)- OK remember you will need about 50 pounds raw weight.
2 fruit dips (10 cups total)
Bite-Size Cheesecake (120 pieces)-many people will take 2- get at least 200. or add 120 of a second item.

Third Night's Menu
2 types Cocktail size meatballs 32 cocktail size per lb. (20 lbs. total ground beef)-OK

Caesar Salad (18 heads romaine, parm cheese, 6 bags croutons, 1 costco bag bacon, 1 costco dressing)
How about lettuce wraps instead- same romaine, but served as whole leaves with taco type fillings or Chinese type fillings?

Greek pasta salad (2 kg. pasta, 3 cucumbers, 4 tomatoes, 1 red onion, 3 peppers, 2 cans olives, 1 container or pkg. feta, 2 bottles greek dressing)

Maybe deviled eggs?

Buns (5 dozen ciabata (grain), 1 dozen pumpernickel, 5 dozen white, 4 dozen whole wheat). Most people will not make meatball sandwiches, they will eat them with a fork. Add 4-5 pounds flavored butters or cheese spreads/logs and a bowl of smooth peanut butter and jam for the kids. This night's menu is not too kid-friendly

- Anniversary cake

- 60 ltrs. Punch per night Have some sugar free choice- iced tea?

- Coffee 3lbs. per night, Tea, 2 pts. per night Cream & Sugar = compare to my dinner coffee outline on the beverage planning page

Betty
05/09/11
I have just been informed that I need to prepare a meal for a funeral for 50 people. Menu--Fried chicken+ Potato Salad Green Beans Jello salad Pound Cake What would the quantity be for each item for the 50 poeple.
ellen
05/09/11
2 pieces chicken per person, 16 pounds potato salad, 10 pounds green beans, 8 small packs jello to make the salad, 4 cakes. Add rolls- about 70 and 1-2 pounds of butter. Beverages. Lots of love.
Maura
05/10/11
Making tea sandwiches (salmon, curried chicken, and cucumber)scones, quiches and assorted cookies for 275 people. How many pieces/person do I need to plan for.
ellen
05/10/11
You need to read the afternoon tea articles, which discusses the ins-and-outs of the quantity needs in detail. Press the afternoon tea button at the top of the big pots page.
Polly
05/15/11
I am in charge of a church festival meal. I'd like to have pork tenderloin as our meat. We will be serving several hundred meals. Could you tell me how many pounds of pork tenderloin I would need for 100 plates. Each meal will consist of green beans & new potatoes, applesause, dinner roll & dessert. I've used your site several times for other meals but have never served tenderloin. My 2nd option is either pulled pork or ham.
ellen
05/15/11
Plated, 35-40 pounds raw boneless for 100.
Jennifer
05/19/11
We are having a graduation party for our daughter- 4-8PM on a Saturday in June. It is OPEN HOUSE style- Feeding approx 120 people-adults and kids-Gold Star Chili Spaghetti and coneys. How much chili do I need? How much spaghetti do I need? How much shredded cheese will I need? We will also have, chips, pretzels, meatballs, fruit salad and cake for dessert. Thanks in advance!!
ellen
05/19/11
See the Cincinnati chili recipe on the chili page (button at the top of the main forum page), it tells about the cheese, spaghetti, beans, etc.
Megan
05/27/11
Hi Ellen,

We are making our own food for our wedding, and then catering the meat portion.

For our appetizers we are having fruit trays, veggie trays, bruschetta, crackers with cheese, and shrimp.

Our meal is goign to consist of ziti, meatballs, corn, caeser salad, potatoes, and then two kinds of meat (filet mignon, chicken parm).

We are estimating around 175 people coming. How much ziti should I count on? I looked at your recipe and it said it made 8 pans. That seems like a lot to me?

We are aiming to have 3-4 pans of corn
enough for 2 meats per person
3 meatballs perp person

How much ziti should I make?? And how much potatoes should I make?

Thanks.

ellen
05/28/11
I would do 1 pound ziti per 12 plus 1 pound potatoes for 4-5.
Kelly
06/01/11
I am cooking sausage and peppers/rolls, baked ziti and making a salad for 140 guests. I am having catered shredded pork, cole slaw and a couple and macaroni salad. How much sausage should I make and how much baked ziti

Thank you,

ellen
06/02/11
You have to give me the amounts of the catered items. and the time and length of the party.
JoAnn
06/02/11
how many chicken breasts would I need to make about 75 shredded chicken sandwiches?
JoAnn
06/02/11
How many pounds of chuck roast would I need to make about 100 shredded beef sandwiches?
ellen
06/03/11
1 pound of either raw makes about 4 modest or 3 fat sandwiches.
Charlie
06/08/11
The event expects between 3,000 to 4,000 people (mostly families.) The food items are hot dogs and hamburgers. What percentage of each should be ordered. thank you
Andria
06/08/11
How much buffalo chicken dip would I need for 100 people?
ellen
06/08/11
Charlie, 1 burger per person plus 10%, plus 1 hot dog per person is what I supply for large events.

Andria, this is a popular dip. 2 gallons.

Lynn
06/18/11
Thanks for your reply which helped tremendously, we have 150 of which 35 are between the ages of 16 and 4. the event will start at 2:00 p.m. and go into the evening. it is a pig roast (120 pounds) 4 smoked salmon and hot dogs for the kids. please tell met what you think i need for hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, bean salad, macaroni salad, coffee and tea. should we use coffee mate? what about snack items for the afternoon (chips, cheezies, nuts & bolts, pretzles)? should we insist buns supplied come buttered? thanks so much for your help.
ellen
06/19/11
Probably, the teens will balance the little kids, appetite-wise.

hot dogs, 4 dozen
potato salad, 35 pounds potatoes per 100 (about 4 1/2 gallons made salad.
cole slaw, 22 pounds cabbage to start, per 100
bean salad, 3 gallons per 100
macaroni salad, 6 pounds dry pasta per 100 (about 3 gallons)
coffee and tea, use dinner coffee for 100, see the beverage planning page.
should we use coffee mate? If you have refrigeration, 1/2 and 1/2 is much ni9cer, I think...
snack items for the afternoon (chips, cheezies, nuts & bolts, pretzels)? With the assortment, 8 pounds of chips, 5 pounds of each of theothers would be plenty
should we insist buns supplied come buttered? No, have a condiment table. See the sandwich event article for amounts for 100, use the ketchup amount for the BBQ sauce.
Have fun, get help.

Shay
06/21/11
Hi I am preparing meat balls (already prepared) and chicken wings for a shower for 100 persons, how much meat do I need. Also is 6lbs each of spiral and bowtie pasta sufficient to serve 100 persons. The spiral will be a crab pasta and the bowtie with veggies. Thanks for you help.
ellen
06/21/11
If these two meats are main courses, you want 1 pound meatballs for 3-4 PLUS 1 pound wing pieces for 2. For appetizers, 1/2 that. The pasta will be fine.
Gail
07/17/11
We are having an outdoor wedding and needing to know how much pop to buy. There are approximately 175 guests. Liquor will be served as well (which will need pop too). Also what quantities for each kind of pop.
ellen
07/17/11
This is discussed in some detail on the beverage planning page. Check that and if you have further questions, post again-
faye
07/23/11
how much iceberg lettuce do I need to sever salad to 300 guest
ellen
07/23/11
You posted twice, see the other one. I assume it is a side salad.
pegs
08/24/11
we are cooking spaghetti and meatballs, rolls, and salad for about 80 hungry highschool players. How much of noodles, sauce, meatballs, and salad mix do you think i would need?
ellen
08/24/11
If I had this assignment, I would make double the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page. There will be some additional adults and the kids eat a LOT.
The dessert is easy and good as part of the meal, and you can have some additional loaves of garlic bread in reserve.
Emely Mondui
10/10/11
I'm having a baby shower for 40 peopl, I want to make bow tie pasta with vodka sauce, how much and sauce should I need to purchase?
ellen
10/11/11
5-6 pounds of pasta, depending on the other dishes, and about 3 gallons of sauce.
Lynn Duggan
10/17/11
I am having a baby shower of 80 people and need to know how much stuff i would need for sheesy hash brown potatoes and for cicken various white and dark meat thanks
ellen
10/17/11
I use the recipe for cheesy hash browns in the festive family brunch article, quantities are discussed there. Chicken, depends on cuts, discussed in detail in the plan for 100 list, you would use 4/5 the amounts for 100 to get the right quantity for 80. If you want to post your estimates, I will check them.
Charline
10/17/11
How many bags of greens will I need to feed 125 people if the bags weigh 2.5lbs each?
ellen
10/18/11
Check the vegetable quantity list at the bottom of the plan for 100 page, use 1 1/4 times the amount for 100.
Maryanna foster
10/18/11
Hello, I am in need of your help.
I am the food chairman for my churchs youth group. They have ask me to provide food for 70 teens, to have at their sports theme Wednesday night Bible study.
My question is, How many sausage ball, dips, chips, salsa, cookies, and cupcakes do I need
to feed this many teens?
Would appreciate hearing from you on this, as I am struggling with how many to have people bring of each.
Thank you so much,
In His Grace,
Maryanna Foster
ellen
10/19/11
OK. I am assuming this is for after, and that they have already had supper sometime earlier in the evening.

You want about 12 bits or bites per person.

20 people-So one person would bring 3- 4 cups of dip or salsa and 10-12 ounces of chips,

15 people- or 2 dozen meatballs or sausage balls

10 people-or a dozen nice size cookies

15 people-or a 9x13 pan of bar cookies or cake or 8-12 cupcakes or muffins

10 people-Suggest you add fruit trays with 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of fruit.

Bettie
11/03/11
How many sandwiches for 5 people
We are having a church luncheon for approx 50 people - how many sandwiches should we prepare?
ellen
11/03/11
Check the sandwich page, where it talks about food for 100 and use 1/2. Plates so people make their own are very practical for this size group and result in less waste.
tracy
11/06/11
I am having a party for 50-70 people, how much chipped ham would i need for ham BBQ's
ellen
11/06/11
1 pound fore each 4 people. Have something for the vegetarians and non-pork eaters to make sandwiches with, also.
georgia
11/09/11
I have been asked to organize a meal for a family who is having a funeral at our church. I need to ask people to bring jello's and cake.
there will be approx 100 people attending,how many cakes and jello's will I need?
ellen
11/09/11
For the cakes, see the dessert planning page.

Jello, 17 small packs for 100 people- you won't need that much, as only about 1/2 will take it.

MARY Reno
11/25/11
How much pasta salad will I need for a group of 50 people...there will be another type salad served, plus sandwishes and other foods....
ellen
11/25/11
Salad based on 3 pounds of dry pasta- you could use 1/2 of any of my recipes for 100.
chris
11/25/11
Hi
I am cooking for 85 ppl this sat for a private function....I was wondering if you could help me I am unsure how much I need of things...I dont want anyone to go home hungry...but I also dont want tons of leftover to have to deal with...
Some of the Menu items include:
ROASTED LAMB..WHATS THE BEST CUT TO GET AND HOW MUCH?
PASTA PRIMAVERA...
LEMON GREEK POTATOES...
BAKED PENNE...
GREEK SALAD
TOSSED SALAD...
HUMMUS AND PITAS
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated...thank you
ellen
11/26/11
ROASTED LAMB..WHATS THE BEST CUT TO GET AND HOW MUCH? Roast leg of lamb,
PASTA PRIMAVERA... 3 pounds pasta
LEMON GREEK POTATOES... 20 pounds potatoes
BAKED PENNE... 3 pounds pasta
GREEK SALAD- see the Greek salad recipe on this site, use 5/6
TOSSED SALAD... why? enough for 1/3 the amount for 100
HUMMUS AND PITAS- one whole pita and 1/3 cup hummus per person

You need tzatziki (1/4 cup per person), 2 pounds of butter, beverages.

Heather Hope Lewis
11/28/11
I need to cook white chicken chili for an event my company is hosting. The event is toys for trees for EDMARC, Hospice for children. The head count is for 1000 people. The event is this Sunday and need some instructions on how to go about this. I would like to serve it in medium sized plastic bowls from Sams club. Thanks for your help.
ellen
11/29/11
Yikes. You need a well-equipped restaurant or church kitchen with a walk-in cooler. This can be cooked in the oven covered in large roasters, once everything is browned, but you are talking 250 pounds of ground turkey or chicken, just for starters...

The church social chili on the chili page, made with chicken or turkey and white beans, would be a good place to start. Lots of hints on that page, good spice level for crowd-pleasing.

You also need a place to chill all that, there is no way standard refrigerators can safely and quickly chill that much food.

Cindi in NC
01/05/12
I need to supply the coffee, creamers and milk for a dessert wedding reception. There will be 175 people there. About 1/3 of them will be children.

There will also be water and sweet tea as well as milk and coffee as the beverages. Can you tell me how much creamer is needed? They want half and half, hazelnut and french vanilla for the coffee. Also, milk to drink with the desserts for those that don't want the other beverages. Thank you so much for your help!

ellen
01/06/12
OK, you are talking dessert level coffee for about 130 peope; use the beverage planning page and do 1 1/3 times the amount for 100. It tells amounts for creamer, etc. also. About 4 gallons of milk should be plenty.
Kim
01/09/12
I am planning a wedding reception for my daughter, there will be about 150 people, it will be served at about 6 pm. It will be a sit down plated dinner consisting of hot turkey, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables,stuffing,gravy, rolls and a mixtures of pies for dessert. Along with tea and coffee and punch. Can you let me know the quantities of everything that I will need, also anything that I didn't mention that I might need. Thanks
Stephanie
01/16/12
chuck roast
Hi Ellen,

I'm cooking Italian beef for a wedding, how much chuck roast would I need to serve 150-180 people? Thanks

ellen
01/16/12
Kim, sliced turkey breast is the best choice for this. Go to the planning article in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots and make an initial estimate, then I will be happy to work with you. You do need to plan an appetizer table, here is why:

Before the Buffet; Why You May Need an Appetizer Table
A self-catered buffet is a real challenge to the organizers, and things don't always come together as smoothly as hoped. By planning and setting up an appetizer area or "nibble table" which is ready when the guests begin to arrive, the cooks and servers have time to complete the arrangement of the dinner buffet. This is especially critical if there are children among the guests, or there is a wait before dinner, as at a wedding reception.

This does not have to be complicated. Three items, including a fruit tray, a cheese tray and an attractive dip or spread, plus a punch, or two if one is alcoholic, are sufficient.

One appetizer service area is needed for each 100 guests.

Stephanie, 40 pounds boneless per 100. Plan on 180.

Melissa
01/19/12
I'm cutting corners and have decided to purchase Stoffers 6 lb lasagna trays. If it's a reception of 65 people. How many do you suggest I purchase? And also, how many pounds of ceaser salad and breadsticks? Thank You!
Melissa
01/19/12
My own Wedding reception.
ellen
01/20/12
First of all, this is a perfectly OK choice for you.

I like a generous serving, I estimate those pans in 8, I would do 10, including at least 2 chicken and 2 veggie. About 8 pounds of bread sticks. For the salad, use 2/3 the amount for 100.

You might consider adding some trays of eggplant Parmesan, or a broccoli medley.

Read the "why you need an appetizer table" right above your post. You need one.

laura
01/31/12
I'm having a party and expecting 120 people, i need to know how much soda i should buy so there is enough for my guests and the soda comes in 2-liter containers that cost 89cents
ellen
01/31/12
See the beverage planning page.
Debby
02/10/12
8 adults and 3 children will be going to spend the night at a hotel. We will be having a cocktail party in our suite/rooms and want to eat in room also. We won't have facilites for hot foods and we are tired of the usual pizza and wings. What foods can we take along for a meal?
ellen
02/10/12
No ice chest? For the party, cheeses, dry sausages, fruits, good bread and crackers, jarred hummus and olives, tinned meats and pates; nuts; any cookies or candies. Marinated veggies. Salsas and chips.

Ice chest? You can add pates, cold chicken or other cold meats, hard boiled eggs.

RONNIE
02/13/12
how much needed for 1000 servings of white beans
ellen
02/13/12
Side dish, 8 pounds dry per person, main dish, 12 pounds dry
ellen
02/13/12
That is per 100 people, sorry
RONNIE
02/13/12
ellen,let me re phrase needing ingredients for 1000 4oz servings of white beans and amount of onions needed thank you ronnie
ellen
02/13/12
Ronnie, you need to cook up 80 pounds of dry beans. Onions, etc to your taste.
Fantasia
04/02/12
hello im gettin married in october of this year and my predicton of guest will be 120 i want know how much punch would i need and my menu is going to beef roast, roasted chicken garlic red potaoes and pasta salad, how much would i also need for the food?
Terri
04/04/12
Doing a fundraiser for approx 350-400 people need to know what you think about how much roast beef to order and salads......macaroni, potato and cole slaw. Thanks.
ellen
04/08/12
Fantasia, you need 5 ounces ready to eat beef per person, which is 1 pound raw per 5, PLUS 3 ounces boneless chicken, which is 1 pound boneless per 4. The side dishes are covered in the plan for 100 table, you need 1 1/4 times the amount for 100. You also need an appetizer or nibble table for before the dinner.

The beverage needs are discussed on the plan for 100 page.

ellen
04/08/12
Terri, if this is cooked roast beef, you want to plate 5 ounces per person, which is about 2 pounds raw for 5 people. If sandwich, 3 1/2 to 4 ounces. The salads, for buffet, I provide 4 1/2 gallons potato, 2 1/2 slaw and 3 or 3 1/2 of pasta for 100.

A key to success in fund raising is to get the number of plates right. 350-400 is way too big a range.

norma
04/09/12
hi there,
I am helping a friend with her daughter's wedding. 150 people seat down dinner. from 6:30 to 7 we will have hummus and pita on each table as appetizers.
at 7 we will serve dinner
indian rice
2 meat dishes that will be catered
one type of vegetable
greek green salad

chocolate fountain with strawberries, pound cake in squares, mashmallows, pretzels, pineaple....
how much do I need of each thing? is there a calculator onliine that you are aware of?

apprecite your help,

norma

demetrius
04/11/12
how many wing would i need to feed 200 people
how many wings would i need to feed 2000 or 2500 people
ellen
04/12/12
Hi, Norma,

I would put the salad on the tables also. Amounts the same as Caesar salad on the plan for 100 table, or use the Greek salad recipe on this site.

About 12 pounds dry rice per 100.

22-30 pounds vegetable per 100

For the chocolate fountain, see the article on this site.

ellen
04/12/12
Demetrius, people eat a LOT of wings, about 1/2 pound raw per person. Consider legs, or chunks as well.
Barb
04/27/12
I am preparing the food for my daughter's wedding coming up in May. How much should we plan to prepare for approximately 375 guests? The menu is smoked brisket and pulled pork, baked beans, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, side salad, tea, lemonade and water. It is going to be set up buffet style and the theme is a rustic country wedding. Thanks
ellen
04/28/12
Barb, brisket is a costly party meal, it shrinks a lot and is fatty. 1/2 pound raw minimum per person. 1 pound ready to eat pork per 5.

All these are covered in the plan for 100 list: baked beans, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, side salad, use 3 3/4

tea, lemonade and water, see the beverage planning page.

You need to pay an experienced manager, 4 cooks and about 20 servers to set up, serve and clean up a party this size.

BEV
04/29/12
reception
Hi Ellen: I'm trying to do a wedding reception
there will be about 150 guest, we are serving chicken & rost beef, mashed potato, grave and a veg with rolls, could you tell me how much I woule need for this please. I have read some letter people wrote to you. but I still not sure and I don't want to leave any one out. thank you so much.
ellen
04/29/12
Hi, Bev,
You would purchase 2 pounds raw boneless beef per each 5 PLUS 1 pound boneless or 2 pounds bone-in chicken for each 4.

All the rest, just use 1 1/2 times the amount for 100 from the plan for 100 tables.

Larry
04/29/12
I am planning a meal for 50 people for mother's day. I am roasting half chickens, making slaw and baked beans, with dinner rolls. For dessert I am having banana pudding and cherries in the snow. I plan to cook 25 chickens cut in half, make 6 quarts of slaw and 6 quarts of baked beans. Is this enough? How much of each dessert should I make?
ellen
04/30/12
If it is buffet, make 2 gallons of each side, people eat more. Add good bread/rolls and butter about 6-7 pounds rolls, 1-2 pounds butter. If they are big eaters, consider adding a rice pilaf.

For desserts, see the dessert planning page, make 1/2 the amounts for 100.

Trish Kruger
04/30/12
I need to make ham and turkey wraps for graduation for 250.00 how would you figure the cost and how much meat cheese, and lettuce your going to need??
Bonnie Williamson
04/30/12
On Saturday, May 5th, I'm in charge of a memorial reception for 200 people. Deacons in the church will bring salads. How many salads do I need? I will provide banana bread...how many loaves?
Thank you...
ellen
04/30/12
Trish, look at the sandwich page. One 6" wrap or tortilla holds about 2 ounces meat, 1 ounce cheese. Expect people to take one of each.
Bobbie Randolph
05/01/12
Iam planing a graduation party for my son who is graduating from college he is 24 years old. the party will start at 4 p.m Most of the people that will be attending are older 30-60 years I need to know how much food to prepare for about 40 people I am having pulled pork, smoked whole wings, pork ribs, baked beans, potato salad, fruit tray,veggie tray,rolls and cake.
ellen
05/02/12
pulled pork, 1 pound per 4
smoked whole wings, 1 pound per 3
pork ribs, 1 pound per 3
Use all of the above.

These items are on the plan for 100 list, use 2/5 the amount for 100: baked beans, potato salad,rolls and cake.

fruit tray, see fruit tray page

veggie tray, see veggie tray page

Lynn Craig
05/05/12
My Niece is getting married next weekend she invited 200 people and 180 replied they would be attending. There will be a buffet style table.
We need the quanities needed for a simple Potato Dressing with potato, bread(20 loaves already purchased, will that be enough?)and onions as well as sage, savory, salt and pepper.
Also we need a very inexpensive punch and how much would we need to mix up.
Thankyou for your time and consideration
ellen
05/09/12
Sorry if I missed this.

I don't have a recipe for potato dressing, but you need about 2/3 cup per person if that is the only starch. The bread- if this is for table service, 12 pounds per 100. If it is for the dressing, I can't help. Sorry, hope thngs go/went OK?

Rachel
05/28/12
Dessert Quantities
Hi,

I'm looking to cater a desserts only engagement party in the evening one month from now. There will be around 350 people there. What kind of quantities should I be making? how do I calculate, cakes, cookies, individual desserts...

thanks!

ellen
05/28/12
Go to the dessert planning page, select the type of plan, do 3 1/2 times the amount for 100.
Nancy
06/11/12
We are having a graduation party for our daughter with about 110 people. Try to determine how much pop to buy. Planning for both regular and diet, a clear (sprite). Also cans of beer and boxes of wine. Not allowed any glass containers. Any suggestions on how to figure what to buy? It would be a great help
ellen
06/11/12
Did you look at the beverage planning page. Not clear on how much beer and wine? How many of the guests are of drinking age?
Sharon
06/18/12
I am having a backyard BBQ for 35/40 -mostly adults - i will be making an assortment of wraps (roast beef w/coleslaw - chicken cesear - turkey w/cheese - and a meatless one) how many wraps should i make? and approximately how much deli meat do i need? thanx
ellen
06/18/12
The usual division is 1/2 roast beef, 1/4 each chicken and turkey, then add 10% veggie wraps. If this is the main course, use the sandwich planning page and get more than 1/3 but a little less than 1/2 the amount for 100. If you use the very large wrappers, you will make 1 1/2 per person, if the regular ones, 2.
Nyni
06/22/12
I preparing a little cookout for 24 people. The problem comes with the condiments for burgers. I am not sure how much onions, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and cheese need to be prepared. Do you have any suggestions?
ellen
06/22/12
Use 1/4 the amounts for 100 in the condiment listing on the sandwich page.
Bobbie
06/25/12
hi. we are having our wedding in our back yard and this is the menu but i dont know how much of each i will need.
ham
potatos
gravy
rolls
greenbean veggtable
baked beans
red wine salad/salad
potato augratin
roasted yams halves
carrot dish
fruit center piece

there is going to be about 60-70people that are going to be there its going to be buffet style and familys going to help

ellen
06/26/12
If you don't know how many people, you can use 3/4 of 100 and know that there will be plenty. All the foods below that do not have comments are listed in the plan for 100 table:

ham
potatos
gravy
rolls
green bean vegetable- one recipe of my better green bean casserole at the top of the big pots page wouldd be just right.
baked beans
red wine salad/salad
potato augratin- do enough for 6, which is about 6 9x13 pans
roasted yams halves- do enough for 30
carrot dish-15 pounds
fruit center piece- planning to eat? See the deluxe tray for 100 on the fruit tray page, and make 3/4

Lori
06/27/12
Having 110 adults and 32 kids

- vendor size hot dogs
- macaroni salad
- potato salad
- Caesar salad
- watermelon
- cake slab that serves 48 (how many do we get)
- party mix chips
- freezies for the kids

We were planning:
- 48 cans of coke
- 48 cans of iced tea
- 118 bottles of water
- 80 drink boxes for the kids

ellen
06/27/12
Need more beverages- see the beverage planning page. Probably double the tea, some diet. At least 4 cases soda, 2 coke, 1 mixed diet, 1 other flavors (7-up, orange, grape). Most of the kids will prefer soda, and most people drink at least 2 in addition to water.

- vendor size hot dogs- 2 per adult and kid over 10, 1 per kid under 10, plus 10%
- macaroni salad- about 8 pounds dry pasta
- potato salad- about 6 gallons
- Caesar salad- see plan for 100, do 1 1/4
- watermelon- 1/2 to 1 pound each person- depends on how drippy and informal it is
- cake slab that serves 48 (how many do we get)-get 3
- party mix chips-1 pound per 10
- freezies for the kids- about 60

Lori
06/27/12
Thanks Ellen for the speedy response.

Do you really think 2 hot dogs per adult? These are the large vendor style, and with salads and desserts there's no way a woman is going to eat all of that - and would a man eat more than 2? That is why we were averaging 1.5 times the amount of adults, and 1 per kid, about (110x1.5) + 32 = 197 was our calculation and yours about 277 if I calculated it right (110x2)+32 x 10% = 277

Sorry to second guess you. This is the 1st time we are doing this, so your feedback is so greatly appreciated. You have a great website!

ellen
06/27/12
OK. Maybe they are foot long size/weight? Do count kids over 10 as adults, though, they eat like them. How about around 220?

When you do a hot dog bar, it is fun to add some sauerkraut, hot dog chili, etc- notes on the sandwich page...

Lori
06/27/12
Yes Ellen, they are foot long hotdogs, with the diameter of the hotdog about the size of a sausage.

We will look at the ages of our kids, and make sure we apply your suggestion of 10 and up eating 1/3 more.

Thanks for the suggestion, we are in fact having onions and sauerkraut added to the regular condiments.

Another Question: For your table on "Ellen's Kitchen Barbecue and Picnic Sides" you have noted that the sides are a total of what is needed. Eg. are you saying that if we are doing all 3 of these salads these are the quantities for each or are you giving these quantities if we are just choosing 1 salad?

- macaroni salad- about 8 pounds dry pasta
- potato salad- about 6 gallons
- Caesar salad- see plan for 100, do 1 1/4

ellen
06/27/12
That is for all three at the same time.
eileen parker
07/15/12
70 people how much to make
pulled pork
bbq chicken wings
sausage peppers and onions
meatballs
kielbasi and saurkraut
baked beans
potatoe salad with eggs
special cole slaw with pineapple and cheddar cheese
pasta salad
ellen
07/16/12
pulled pork- 1 pound raw boneless shoulder per 4
bbq chicken wings- 4 pieces per

meatballs- 1 pound per 5

kielbasi and sauerkraut
sausage peppers and onions
This is too many meats- you will have to have a lot extra to make sure everyone gets their first choice. Do one sausage or the other, and do 1 pound per 5

baked beans- 2 1/4 gallons
potato salad with eggs- 25 pounds potatoes plus fixings
special cole slaw with pineapple and cheddar cheese- 2 gallons
pasta salad- 4 1/2 to 5 pounds dry pasta

eileen parker
07/16/12
Thank you so much. Your help is greatly appriciated it. I was pretty close with most of it. Looking at your suggestion for the sausage one or the other is great input.
Again thank you!
Jared
07/18/12
I am hosting a fall dinner for my family reunion that is coming up September 8 2012.
I am trying to figure out the amount of food required to feed 130 people of which approximately 25 will be children.
This is my list of items I would like to serve.

1. Beef briskets /marinated
2.Fresh whole salmon grilled with a lemon butter caper sauce / I live on the West Coast of British Columbia I can purchase fresh fish for a very reasonable price in September. 2-3 pound fish gutted and de-headed.
3.fresh baked red potatoes
4.steamed green and yellow beans w/ slivered almonds
5.Steamed carrots w/ marmalade
6. number of Cabbage rolls
7.Romaine lettuce heads for Caesar salad w/ croutons
8.Cole slaw with shredded red and white cabbage and radishes. Two dressings; vinaigrette and cream.
9.vegetable trays for before and after the dinner. Peppers, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber w/veggie dip
10.Fruit trays after dinner (apples, pears, melon, watermelon, peaches ,nectarines).
11.Cheese trays for before and after. (orange cheddar and white cheddar, marble cheddar)
12.Dinner buns w/ butter
I am purchasing the ingredients so my family and I can cook dinner together> I realize there are many more ingredients to this menu than I have mentioned by I am looking for the bulk numbers for the produce I need to purchase.
Thank you so much for your time!

ellen
07/20/12
I would count this as 1 1/4 the amount for 100.

1. Beef briskets /marinated 1/2 pound raw per person
2.Fresh whole salmon grilled with a lemon butter caper sauce / 1 pound per 5
3.fresh baked red potatoes - see the baked potato page, but why red? Russets have a preferred baked texture...
4.steamed green and yellow beans w/ slivered almonds 22 pounds per 100
5.Steamed carrots w/ marmalade 22 pounds per 100
6. number of Cabbage rolls at least 150
7.Romaine lettuce heads for Caesar salad w/ croutons- see plan for 100 page
8.Cole slaw with shredded red and white cabbage and radishes. Two dressings; vinaigrette and cream. Total 3 gallons
9.vegetable trays for before and after the dinner. Peppers, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber w/veggie dip- see veggie tray page
10.Fruit trays after dinner (apples, pears, melon, watermelon, peaches ,nectarines). See fruit tray page
11.Cheese trays for before and after. (orange cheddar and white cheddar, marble cheddar)
I would do swiss or jack instead of one of the cheddars, total 2 ounces per person, 1 pound crackers per 10
12.Dinner buns w/ butter 150 plus 4 pounds butter

Jared
07/23/12
You ROCK! :0)

This is quite possibly the best reply I could have received thank you.

This will make my family and I very happy and also make my job a whole lot easier.
Part of my Family have farmed in Rural Manitoba for over 100 years and have an affinity for the Manitoba red potatoes ;0)
I will also look at the fruit and vegetable pages for further information on this topic thank you for the references.
I will need to pull straws to decide on witch cheddar to replace. As I just like cheese :0) maybe I will add Swiss then I will not have a dilemma on this point.
Thank you again and I am happy to have found this web page. Your reply and the forms have all the information I require to have a wonderful family fall dinner.

Jared

Jared

ellen
07/25/12
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Shirley
08/05/12
How many eggs
I am preparing meatloaf for 300 people. I intend to use 80 pounds of ground beef (80-20) fat content. How many eggs will I need for that?
ellen
08/05/12
60-80 eggs, depending on how much extra sausage and bread crumbs you use for your recipe-
delores
08/08/12
im serveing chicken salad for 50 how much chicken do i buy. im making jello salad too.thankyou
ellen
08/08/12
See the discussion on chicken salad amounts in the salad section at the top of the plan for 100 page.
Tina
08/10/12
I am having a food truck party at my house this will be the main source of food, however, I am going to have dips, chips, crackers, breads etc. as apps. There are 140 people on the guest list & just wondering about chips & salsa, as they are universally loved...will you please advise me on the amount of both?

Thank you in advance for your reply.
I am happy to make a donation to your site.

ellen
08/10/12
What I do is, 1/4 cup dip per dip, for up to 3 dips, or about 1/3 cup per person if there is only one dip. 1 pound chips per 10.

A bean dip and a queso would be outstanding additional choices.

Wendy
08/20/12
I am planning on having sloppy Joes / Mac and Cheese / Tossed Salad for roughly 60-65 people. How much of each item would I need?
I plan on using the Sloppy joe sauce in a can...BTW..
Thanks for your assistance...
ellen
08/20/12
Use the plan for 100 list and use 2/3 the amount for 100.

Check out this recipe:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/bbentree5.html

Wendy
08/20/12
Checked it out. Thanks for the quick response.
Tiffany
08/21/12
Hi I am catering a christening for approx 70 people - basically serving an extended ploughmans - plenty of cheeses and a variety of salads, pates etc. I was wondering how many french sticks to buy - roughly how many people does 1 stick serve?
Thank you in advance :)
Janice
08/23/12
how many pounds of chicken salad needed to fill 80 medium croissants?
ellen
08/23/12
1 pound per 4 for this type meal- maybe get some that are multi-grain, seeded, artisanal. Don't forget the real butter.

I have a recipe for home made Branson pickle on the Big Pots page that would be excellent with this.

Bonnie
08/28/12
We are doing a outdoor wedding, of 200 guest. Chilli Bar How much cheddar cheese .chips ,corn bread .Pasta, Hot dogs, veggies and Fruit , cheeses balls ,will we need. thank you so much
Kim
09/14/12
Im am do daughter late nite buffet they are having fish chicken dinner for supper the y just want cheese polish kabassa fruit crackers veggie salsa dip how much do i need for 150 people
ellen
09/14/12
cheese 20 pounds
polish kielbasa 1 pound per 4-5 - cut them up
fruit -see fruit tray page
crackers 1 pound per 12
veggie -see veggie tray page
salsa dip -1/4 cup salsa per person, 1 pound chips per 10-12
dawn
09/19/12
how much potato's would i get for 200p
dawn
09/19/12
how many bags of potato's
ellen
09/19/12
These are usa self serve amounts; we are very big potato eaters. If it is baked potatoes, see the potato bar page for discussion of sizes. For potato salad or roasted, about 40 pounds per 100 people, for mashed, up to 50, depends on what else is being served.

If you are asking costs, I can't help.

Maritza
09/23/12
I love your website, I wanted to see if you can help me plan a luncheon for my church. I would like to have a taco bar (boneless chicken and ground meat). I would like to know how many pounds of chicken and how many pounds of ground meat would I need for 125 people. Also, how many pounds of the sides will I need, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc. Should I have nacho cheese with chips as well? or Is that to much for a luncheon? Thank you
ellen
09/23/12
Maritza, ths is covered in detail on the taco/potato bar for 100 page- use 1 1/4 times the amount for 100. 2/3 beef, 1/3 chicken.
Luisa
10/03/12
Hi Ellen! I was just asked to make fudge brownies for a wedding of 200 people (the groom's cake). I am a beginner in this and would like to know how much batter is required and what the service size is? Also would you care to put in price range to charge? Thank you!
bessie
10/04/12
4oth anniversary party for 45 making sausage w/pepper and onions,meatballs, chicken wings, zita, rolls baked beans veg tray fruit tray,and non spike punch
ellen
10/04/12
Luisa, you need about 12-17 9x13 pans, depends on size of wedding cake.
ellen
10/04/12
Bessie

sausage w/pepper and onions, 1 pound sausage per 5, equal weight veggies
meatballs, 1 pound per 4
chicken wings,1 pound per 3

ziti, 5 pounds dry
rolls, 1.2 per person
baked beans, 2 gallons, some left

veg tray fruit tray, see veg tray page and fruit tray page

non spike punch 4 gallons

sandy
10/09/12
church reception for 400
I am serving finger foods for 400. Menu is cherry tomatoes mixed with herbs. pimento cheese sandwiches & ham sandwiches in rounds & squares. Pecan & bacon cheese balls with assorted crackers. Nuts. Vegetable tray with dip. petit fours. Strawberries with strawberry dip. Punch. What quanity of each menu item do I need. Thank you for your help.
sandy
10/09/12
changed my mind about round & square sandwiches. Will do triangle and get 4 per sandwich. So I got the sandwiches count figured out.
ellen
10/10/12
If this is at a time when people would normally eat a meal, you need 2 full sandwiches (8 pieces) per person, if not, 4 is enough.

cherry tomatoes mixed with herbs.1 pound for 10
Pecan & bacon cheese balls- add other types, 50-60 pounds with assorted crackers, 30 pounds. Nuts. 6 pounds per 100
Vegetable tray with dip- see veggie tray page

petit fours. People are greedy with these- 3 per person. Consider having some brownie bites, lemon bars 1 1/2 inch squares or a bit less, for part- less costly than the petit fours

Strawberries with strawberry dip. 1 quart per 8

Punch 10 gallons liquid per 100, suggest some be iced tea unsweetened and also consider dinner level coffee for part, see the beverage planning page.

Kalee
10/12/12
I am planning a benefit to feed 300 people. We are doing Tacos. I have the meat figured out but how much sour cream, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese do I need?
ellen
10/12/12
Go to the taco/potato bar page, all that is covered in detail.
sunflower
10/13/12
I'm having a graduation party and serving Indian tacos to about 150 people, Its on the 25th of this month and im trying to figure out how much chicken and hamburger ill need, along with re-fried beans, tomatoes, lettuce ,sour cream , and things like that like taco seasoning , and salsa.
ellen
10/13/12
Sunflower, the amounts will be very close to the amounts on the regular taco bar. Do 2/3 beef, 1/3 chicken.
Vivian
10/18/12
we are having 30 people for a wedding i need help with amounts
deli meats
ham how much meat
turkey how much
roast beef how much
how many rolls
crescents
muffins
how many or much for fruit and veggie trays
how much chili any any other suggestions for a brunch wedding welcomed
ellen
10/18/12
Vivian, treat this as 1/3 of 100, using the plan for 100 tables, the fruit tray page, and the veggie tray page.
Divide your meat 1/2 beef, 1/4 each turkey and ham.
The sandwich idea is fine, you will need to add cheese and condiments. If this is a brunch time wedding it would make more sense to add an egg dish or strata (see the festive family brunch pla) rather than chili, and I would do a relish tray, not just a veggie tray. Or take a look at the champagne lunch for 25 and add the meats, guidelines are given.
terri
10/19/12
How many pounds of ham is needed to serve 100 people. Ham is the only meat to be served.
ellen
10/19/12
See the ham section of the plan for 100 tables.
Janice Herold
10/22/12
How much will I need for 75 people
Eggs-Scrambled,Sausage links,bacon,french toast,home fries,OJ,fruit platter,danishes,mini bagels, syrup, butter,cream cheese,fruit platter
Nate
10/23/12
Hi!
I will be feeding the homeless in Ga this year. I will be serving Corn, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Dressing, ham and turkey. I was wondering how much each side items is needed to serve 400 to 500 people.
ellen
10/23/12
Nate go to the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots, read it all, starting with the first article.
ellen
10/23/12
Janice,
See the breakfast planning page

Do eggs for 50. Electric roaster is goo.
Do French toast for 50, but I STRONGLY suggest you do the baked French toast in Big Pots, or the Maple Date Strata on the Family Brunch page; get you people off the grill.
5 quarts syrup, some left
3 pounds butter
40 regular size bagels, split
40 small Danish
4 pounds cream cheese, 1-2 pounds jam
2 sausage links, 2 slices bacon, you will run out of bacon unless someone serves it
15 pounds potatoes

Fruit platter per the fruit tray page
Juice per the breakfast planning page
Coffee per the beverage planning page

Or just see the festive family brunch and do 3/4.

Marcela
11/07/12
Hi Ellen
I am having a baby shower for my daughter and am planning a mexican buffet.
Will be serving shrimp quesadillas as one of the options.
How many pounds of shrimp and cheese will I need for the quesadilla filling to serve 75 people.
ellen
11/07/12
Marcela, shrimp are VERY popular; if it is self serve, you will need at least 1 pound shelled per 7-8. If you are premaking the quesadillas and thus controlling the shrimp, you can do 1 ounce of cheese and 3/4 ounce salad shrimp per quesadills; how much total depends on what else is eing served.
ellen
11/07/12
Marcela, shrimp are VERY popular; if it is self serve, you will need at least 1 pound shelled per 7-8. If you are premaking the quesadillas and thus controlling the shrimp, you can do 1 ounce of cheese and 3/4 ounce salad shrimp per quesadills; how much total depends on what else is eing served.
Reyna
11/13/12
need to make 50plates
Im making 50 plates with 2 enchiladas, rice and beans. How much groundmeat will i need and how many lds of rice and beans should i make?
ellen
11/13/12
1 pound meat per 10 enchiladas, approx. 4 pounds dry beans, 4-5 pounds rice.
michelle
11/19/12
What kind of pan do I get?
I am going to a thanksgiving get together and I wanted to make a green bean casserole but I dont know what kind of foil pan to get. I want to serve about 25-30 people. So what kind of pan should I get.
ellen
11/20/12
get 2 "half pans"; these are a little smaller each way, but deeper, than a 9x13. MUCH easier to handle than a larger pan.

Put them in the oven on cookie sheets, do not handle by the edges, especially once hot.

debbi
11/22/12
I need to know the amount needed to feed 60 adults: bbq chicken (legs, thighs, breast); potato salad; coleslaw; baked beans; fruit salad and desserts. I need to assign others to help me with this project, so if you can help me I would appreciate it.
ellen
11/22/12
when doing a potluck, I try to divide the assignments so that for each assignment the cost is about the same. Here are the totals; divide according to the number of cooks.

bbq chicken (legs, thighs, breast); see the chicken section on the plan for 100, use 2/3. Basically, you want 2 pieces per person, about 1/2 breasts and 1/2 legs and thighs.

potato salad; 3 gallons
coleslaw; 1 1/2 gallons
baked beans; 2 gallons

fruit salad- 2 25 person trays, see the fruit tray page. Trays keep better and are more popular than fruit salads

desserts-4-5 9x13 pans

You need 6-7 pounds of bread/rolls and 2 pounds of butter. About 8 gallons of beverage.

Bre
11/23/12
I would like to know roughly how many pounds of watermelon balls I can get out of one average size melon? Thanks for your help!!
ellen
11/23/12
See the fruit tray page. A ball is about the same as a piece.
Dianne
12/12/12
Planning a dessert reception for 150 wedding guests. There will be 3 different flavors cupcakes,cookies, and also brownies and lemon bars. Will 2 dozen of each flavor cupcake and 3 dozen of the cookies/brownies/bars be enough?
ellen
12/12/12
No. See the guide on the dessert planning page for help. Remember those amounts are for 100.
Anna
12/20/12
I am putting a fundraiser together. We are planning on serving 400 plates...

Can you tell me how much potato salad, spanish rice, and pinto beans are needed?

ellen
12/20/12
Yes. Use the plan for 100 tables less 10%, since you will not be serving seconds.
Peter
01/09/13
How much soup, salad, bread, lasagna, veggies, and dessert would one need for 35 people?
ellen
01/09/13
Peter, use the tables for 100, figure 1/3, and add a bit more (about 2 cups). The lasagna table on the spaghetti page will help you, and the dessert planning page.
Beth
01/11/13
How much baked spaghetti would I need to feed 40 adults? We will have sides of bread and salad.
ellen
01/12/13
See the baked spaghetti recipe in basic budget entrees for help with volumes, and make a bit less than 1/2.
Claudia
01/13/13
I have 60 lbs potato salad and i need to fill 400 5.5 ounce cups with the potato salad. Is 60lbs enough or do I need to make more?
ellen
01/14/13
That is 1/3 cup per person, you need about 9 gallons, you have about 6. 50% more.
Emily
01/17/13
How many LBS of cheese is needed for 250-300 enchiladas
ellen
01/17/13
Depends on whether they are cheese enchiladas or meat enchiladas with cheese. More info, please.
jane
01/27/13
how much of following for 400 hamburgers?

Lettuce (not chopped)
Tomatoes (sliced)
Onions (sliced)

ellen
01/27/13
See the sandwich condiments section on the sandwich page
carissa stanton
02/14/13
I am preparing dessert for a party of 200 people.
i am planning on having 3 different options for dessert and im not sure how many of each i should make?
ellen
02/14/13
See the dessert [lanning page- dessert buffets are discussed. If you have questions after, post your menu- start a new thread- and I will help.
Jewwana
03/07/13
We are having a hotcake breakfast fundraiser. We will be serving hotcakes, sausage, milk, choc. milk, water, and coffee. We are counting on 400 ppl. how much of each item will be needed?
Jewwana
03/07/13
Sorry, forgot to say that we will serve 3 hotcakes and 2 sausage patties to each customer.
ellen
03/07/13
Jewwana, please see the breakfast planning page.
Krista
03/10/13
Need help please, I'm in charge of planning a Poor Man's (Pinto Bean) dinner at church for approximately 100 people.
We're serving:
Pinto Beans
Chopped Onions (for beans)
Cole Slaw
Cornbread
Dessert
Tea
Can anyone help me figure out the quantities for each? (example lbs of dried pintos, cabbage onions, etc.)
ellen
03/11/13
Krista, all this is on the plan for 100 pages- cornbread recipe on the chili page- desserts on the dessert planning page- beverages on the beverage planning page. Onions, use the numbers on the chili page or the taco bar page.

Beans as a main dish, 12-14 pounds for 100.

bekaye
03/11/13
Having a party of 170 people for dinner. Want to serve one 3 inch baked apple to each person. How many boxes will I have to order?
ellen
03/11/13
These are very large apples. Here is a chart of apple sizes:

Apple Sizes at a Glance
Size Weight Diameter
48 14.0 oz. 3.64" / 92.5 mm
56 12.0 oz. 3.52" / 89.4 mm
64 10.5 oz. 3.40" / 86.4 mm
72 9.3 oz. 3.29" / 83.6 mm
80 8.4 oz. 3.19" / 81.0 mm
88 7.6 oz. 3.05" / 77.5 mm
100 6.7 oz. 2.93" / 74.4 mm
113 5.9 oz. 2.84" / 72.1 mm
125 5.4 oz. 2.75" / 69.9 mm
138 4.8 oz. 2.68" / 68.0 mm
150 4.5 oz. 2.62" / 66.6 mm
163 4.1 oz. 2.54" / 64.5 mm
175 3.8 oz. 2.46" / 62.5 mm
198 3.4 oz. 2.39" / 60.7 mm
216 3.1 oz. 2.31" / 58.7 mm

Apples are packed in 40 pound boxes. The very largest are called "48". You want 88's or larger for your 3 inch apples- 2 boxes of 88's.

Connie
03/19/13
I have read your Quantities for 100. Thank you so much for all the information.

I want to clarify, make certain I read correctly. For side dishes, figure a total of 1 gallon for 10 people (this is for total number of side dishes). I am anticipating 150 guests. As sides, I will be serving a Pasta Salad, a Tortellini Salad, a Broccoli Rice Salad, and a Potato Salad. In using your calculation, I came up with 15 gallons total, divided by the 4 sides = 3.75 gallons (round up to 4 gallons)of each side for 150 guests.

If you could let me know if my calculation is correct that would be great. Thank you in advance.

Connie

Renee
03/23/13
I am planning a wedding and want to serve ham and roast beef with red potatoes, shrimp mac salad,coleslaw, green beans and corn how much ham and roast beef would i need i am tring to do this myself to safe money
ellen
03/23/13
Connie, these are enough salads, but I am wondering about the rest of the side dishes. More info?
ellen
03/23/13
Renee, how many people, and start a new thread.
Lisa
03/30/13
if serving punch for a snack for 350 people in 9 oz. cups how many gallons will I need to purchase
ellen
03/30/13
30 gallons. Have a portion of coffee, unsweetened ice tea or some other sugar free drink for the folks who can't have sugar drinks.
Diane
04/14/13
how much shredded cheese is needed for enchilads to serve 200 people
Pam
04/15/13
Planning a church Baked Potato and Meat Loaf dinner for approximately 70 people, need to know how much ingredients are needed. I found a recipe for 6-8 people, how should I determine how much is needed. Here is the recipe I was planning on using for 6-8 people.

2 large onions
2 large green bell peppers
2 cloves garlic
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 8oz barbecue sauce
1 large egg
1 cup bread crumbs
3 lbs ground beef
3 tbsp ketchup or chilli sauce

please advise quantities needed for each.

ellen
04/15/13
Diane, is this a topping on a chicken or beef enchilada, or is it a cheese enchilada, and are you serving 2 per person or 3 per person? Need more information, please.
ellen
04/15/13
Pam, this is a much spicier recipe than I would use for a general dinner, and the bell pepper and straight beef makes it more expensive, too.

This is a standard recipe to serve 96. You could do 3/4 for your group.

Yield 96 Portions

BEEF,GROUND,BULK,RAW,90% LEAN 30 lbs (May use up to 1/3 ground turkey or lean ground pork)

BREADCRUMBS (fresh) 3-3/4 lbs, 1 gal

SALT 3-3/4 oz, 6 tablespoons

PEPPER,BLACK,GROUND,1/4 oz, 1 tbsp

GARLIC POWDER,1/3 oz, 1 tbsp or 4-6 cloves fresh crushed

MILK, 1 qts 1-1/2 cups; you could sub some of the spicy liquids for this

CELERY,FRESH,CHOPPED, 1 lbs, 3-3/4 cup, buy 1-3/8 lbs

ONIONS,FRESH,CHOPPED, 1 lbs, 2-7/8 cup, buy 1-1/8 lbs

PEPPERS,GREEN,FRESH,CHOPPED, 1 lbs, 3 cups, buy 1-1/4 lbs fresh

EGGS,WHOLE,FROZEN, 2-3/8 lbs, 1 qts 1/2 cup (that's 2 dozen large)

JUICE,TOMATO,CANNED, 3-1/8 lbs 1 qts 1-3/4 cup

6 Ounces per serving- 8 loaves, cut 12 per loaf

Method

Combine beef with bread crumbs, salt, pepper and garlic; mix until well blended.
Add milk, celery, onions, sweet peppers, eggs, and tomato juice. Mix lightly but thoroughly. DO NOT OVERMIX, it toughens the loaf.
Shape into 8 loaves in 4 steam table pans (just under 6 pounds per loaf).

Using a convection oven, bake 1 hour 15 minutes at 300 F. CCP: Internal temperature must reach 155 F. or higher for 15 seconds. Skim off excess fat and liquid during cooking.
Standard oven, 325, 1 hour 30 minutes

Let stand 20 minutes before slicing to reduce crumbling and juice loss. Cut 12 slices per loaf. CCP: Hold for service at 140 F. or higher.

lee
04/17/13
hi im having a welcome home party for my fiance. there is going to be around 40 people attending. im doing a bbq so im trying to figure out how many hot dogs i should get if each person is having 2 and i was looking at the packages of hamburger meat and there 3 lbs each so how many of them should i buy if everyone is eating 2 each please help. i have everything else under control beside this meat issue
ellen
04/17/13
As outlined on the plan for 100 page, I make 1 patty and allow 1 dog per person. Your choice on whether you make 3 or 4 patties per pound; I make 3. I always suggest you consider Polish sausage or kielbasa or smoked sausage instead of dogs- 1 sausage or 3 ounces per person. Unless they are teens, that will be plenty.
Cheryl
04/21/13
Hi,
I am having a graduation party in June for my daughter. I am basing the menue off of 70 people and I will be serving some hot and cold foods. The menu will be fried chicken, roast beef & gravy, green beans, mash potatoes, meatballs, pasta salad, fruit salad and assortment of ham/turkey wraps. The beverages will be iced tea & lemonade. Please let me know how much I will need for each item and if you have any suggestions for the menu itself.

Thank you!

ellen
04/21/13
fried chicken,
roast beef & gravy,
meatballs,
ham/turkey wraps.

For 70 people, too many entrees. I suggest you skip either the meatballs or the roast beef entirely. I would skip the roast beef. Then do 1 piece of chicken per person, 1 pound of meatballs per 4 and 4 bites of rolls per person.

green beans, about 14 pounds
mash potatoes, about 25 pounds, if it is a high school graduation with teen boys, do 30

pasta salad, 4 pounds dry pasta plus add ins

fruit salad, do fruit trays, prettier, hold better and the leftovers are more usable, see the fruit tray page

About 6 gallons each tea and lemonade, have some of each sugar free.

Add good rolls, about 1 per person, 2 pounds butter.

Assuming there will be cake? Other desserts?

Littlewolf
04/28/13
Hi there,

We are planning a 90th birthday celebration and are wondering how much punch to prepare for 50-70 people.

Thank you! ;)

ellen
04/28/13
A pint per person, plus decaf coffee, and possibly a couple pitchers of unsweetened iced tea.
Mary Lee W
05/18/13
Hi!
I am having a party with 44 confirmed people. Five are children and the rest are adults. I am serving 125 pieces of fried chicken, 12 dozen mini cornbread muffins and 48 ears of corn. I am making a grape salad, artichoke/rice salad and a crunchy romaine/brocolli salad. I am at a loss on how much I need for those 3 salads????? I will also have boiled peanuts, pimento cheese with ritz crackers and chips with vidalia onion dip for appetizers. Can you help with me out on the salad amounts? Thank you!
ellen
05/19/13
45 people- this is what I would do

125 pieces of fried chicken, OK some left
12 dozen mini cornbread muffins, OK some left.
48 ears of corn, OK, break some
at least 3 pounds butter- I would do 4

crunchy romaine/broccoli salad, 6 quarts
a grape salad, 6 quarts
artichoke/rice salad, 8 quarts, it is the only starch

boiled peanuts, about 4-5 pounds
pimento cheese, 2 1/2 quarts
ritz crackers, 3 pounds
chips, 3 pounds
vidalia onion dip, 2-3 quarts

If this saves you time,trouble, or money, consider a donation, maybe a dime per person, to support this site.

betty
05/30/13
Am serving 60 people (adults). smoked beef or kielbasi, sauerkraut, potatos.
ellen
05/30/13
Use 2/3 the amount for 100.

If you are serving both beef and sausage, allow 1 pound raw boneless beef for 3 plus 1 pound sausage per 5.

Suggest steamed cabbage for the non-sauerkraut folks- about 20 pounds raw per 100, so 12-14 pounds.

Karen Kutruff
06/01/13
How much boneless ham, baked chicken, corn, green beans and rolls needed for 56 people? Thank you so much?
ellen
06/01/13
Have 1 piece of chicken per person, 1 pound boneless ham per 5, plus a bit. 12 pounds each ready to cook green beans and corn. 2 small or 1/5 larger rolls per person, about 7 pounds; 2 pounds butter. Enjoy.
Marlene
06/10/13
preparing cold salad plates for 120, with both ham and turkey for the meat. How much should I purchase of each?
ellen
06/10/13
2 ounces each meat (1 pound each per 8) and 1 pound sliced cheese per 10. 2 halves hard-cooked or deviled eggs is a very nice, inexpensive addition.
Shelly
06/21/13
I have having a graduation party. I am thinking about 50-70 people will come. How much hamburger will I need for making BBQ's (will be put on buns).???
Also making potato salad. How many lbs (bag size) do I need to make enough for that amount of people? Do you suggest using red potatoes, regular russet or white?
ellen
06/21/13
Assuming teens, I make 28 pounds burger per 100 for sloppy joe type sandwiches. Potatoes, I make 35-40 pounds potatoes per 100. There are a lot of really good potato salad recipes on this site- different ones use different potatoes. These days it is OK to leave the peels on red or whites, because they are thin; russets are still usually peeled.
Faye
06/21/13
How much chicken and sausage would I need to buy to feed approximately 150 guests at a family reunion? We are thinking of barbeque. Will have each family bring one side and dessert. Also any idea of how much charcoal we will need as well as barbeque sauce?
Ellen
06/21/13
Grilling for this many people is usually tiresome and slow. I suggest you consider grilling the sausages and either doing fried chicken ordered in, or a pre-prepared chicken served cold or reheated.

In any case, usual is to do 3/4 pound bone-in chicken per person (that is about 4 full size pieces for every 3 people) plus 1 pound sausage per 4-5. Can't help with charcoal- there are a lot of good grilling sites on line- sauce I usually allow about 3 quarts per 8 chickens, to allow some for table service.

EvaJean
08/09/13
Serving 200 hotdogs- how many cups of diced onions do I need
ellen
08/09/13
About 3 quarts
Linda
08/11/13
We are having a bridal ower, could you tell me how may pounds of chipped ham to buy for 60 people. also having pasta salad.....Thank You!
Linda
08/11/13
We are having a bridal ower, could you tell me how may pounds of chipped ham to buy for 60 people. also having pasta salad.....Thank You!
ellen
08/11/13
Linda, is this the only meat, and do you mean the really thin sandwich ham? If so, 1 pound per 5.
April
08/19/13
I'm planning an outdoor wedding with grilled burgers/hotdogs, coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, chips, and macaroni&cheese. How many pounds of each will I need?
ellen
08/19/13
April, all these items are already listed in specifics in the plan for 100 tables, sandwich fixings on the sandwich page, and you don't mention how many people. Look at the tables, work up an estimate and start a new thread and I will be glad to check it for you.
Nancy
08/21/13
Can you tell me how many pounds of chocolate covered coff beans I would need for wedding reception for 200 guests? Thanks
ellen
08/21/13
Assuming it is just for table dishes, about 12 pounds.
Joy
09/01/13
We've got 12 adults that we need to feed 2 lunches and 3 breakfasts. I will be getting turkey, mostly, with a little ham and roast beef. Chips, bread, fruit and water. I've seen anywhere from 4 -5 sandwiches per pound of lunch meat, is that what you would plan? How much bread and bagels and fruit for 3 breakfasts?

Thank you so much for your help!!!

ellen
09/01/13
Joy, how about a little expansion in the form of vegetables and some calcium for the sake of good health?

For breakfast, some kind of eggs, yogurt, or cheese? The fruit is 1/2 the tray for 25 on the fruit tray page. You can use 1/8 of any of the amounts for 100 on the breakfast planning page.

For the lunches, add finger salads with baby carrots, grape tomatoes, maybe some celery, broccoli, or cauliflower and dips? 1/2 the veggie tray for 25 on the veggie tray page would be just fine for each meal. A 10-12 pound watermelon for fruit.
The sandwich tray, most people prefer beef, so you would do 1/2 beef, 1/4 each turkey and ham, about 3 1/2 pounds total each meal, 1 1/2 ounces sliced cheese per person. For the 2 days you would use 1/4 the total amount for 100 from the condiment list on the sandwich page.

Ashley
09/02/13
I am doing my wedding with 120-130 people and we are doing the following for the meal : turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggie mix with cauliflower and broccoli, tossed salad, buns, -- how do I figure out how much I need of everything? I figured a pound I turkey per person so I'm getting 7-20lbers... But I'm lost for the rest! Please help!!!
ellen
09/02/13
This meal is covered in detail here:

ellenskitchen.com/turkey/planshop.html

Add dinner level coffee for the dessert, see the beverage planning page. Plan for 1 1/4 of 100 for this amount of people.

You also need an appetizer area and here is why:

Before the Buffet; Why You May Need an Appetizer Table
A self-catered buffet is a real challenge to the organizers, and things don't always come together as smoothly as hoped. By planning and setting up an appetizer area or "nibble table" which is ready when the guests begin to arrive, the cooks and servers have time to complete the arrangement of the dinner buffet. This is especially critical if there are children among the guests, or there is a wait before dinner, as at a wedding reception.

This does not have to be complicated. Three items, plus a punch, or two if one is alcoholic, are sufficient. Typically, include a fruit tray, a cheese tray and an attractive dip or spread; or you can go with a dinner theme such as TexMex with chips, salsas, Texas caviar and guacamole; Italian with bruschetta or antipasto; maybe shrimps or other cold seafood, if budget permits.

One appetizer service area One serving area is needed for each 100 guests.

If you want me to check the numbers, just post it.

Lori
09/06/13
My son and his bride to be are having a milk and cookie buffet at their wedding. How many cookies and how much milk per person should we figure. We are having a meal, bridal cake and grooms cake with punch, tea, coffee and water. We want to offer strawberry, chocolate and regular milk with about 5 to 6 varities of cookies. Thank you!
ellen
09/06/13
If you are having a cake, 4 kinds of cookies or bars would be fine, make them smallish, 3 bites. Make one of each per person, plus about 10% extra for brownies or chocolate chip.

1 cup milk per person, and you might have some almond or soy milk for the non-dairy folk.

El
09/07/13
I'm responsible for the food for a friends wedding party of 75. I've looked at your amounts for 100 however when you have several sides you don't need them all to serve the total 75 or there will be too much food. How do you calculate the amounts depending on the number of dishes? They are doing a "Country/Western Theme" (limited budget, buffet style)
The Bride only requested one main dish, one salad and 2 sides. That won't be enough variety.
I'm thinking of 2 salads:
Caesar (requested
potato salad or pasta (Coleslaw was resounding NO from the Bride.)
Vegetable:
green beans (requested) and corn/or corn on the cob; any other ideas?
Sides;
baked beans (requested
scalloped potatoes (requested
mashed potatoes? or baked potatoes??
What do you think about Mac & Cheese?
Main dish;
Pulled pork sandwiches with sourdough buns (requested
Baked ham and another main dish not sure maybe chicken??? I asked her if she would like fried chicken but that was a NO.
She did not request any appetizer or desert. I'm thinking Wedding cake is the desert? I thought I'd include a fruit tray or two and some pigs in a blanket for an appetizer in keeping with the theme. Maybe some corn bread or hush puppies?
Mostly I need help with the amounts depending on the number and variety of the dishes. For example with a party of 75 how many salads, sides and main dishes should you offer and the amounts for each. Thanks for your help in advance, E.
ellen
09/07/13
Hi, EI,

This is how I would tweak for 75 or 3/4 of 100:

Appetizers
a fruit tray or two- yes, see fruit tray page
pigs in a blanket- if these are the little ones, 2-3 per person
Add one other item, could be a cheese and cracker tray

Dinner:

Pulled pork sandwiches with sourdough buns (requested), for 75, with second entree, 15-18 pounds boneless pork shoulder. Suggest slider buns- neater to eat- 2 per person. You need pickles and onions, see the condiments on the sandwich page.
Baked ham- I would not do ham as the second choice for pulled pork. Some kind of roast chicken or one of the wedding chicken recipes from this site would be fine. Add 1 pound raw boneless chicken per 4. Not everyone eats pork.

another main dish not sure maybe chicken??? No- 2 is plenty for 75

Vegetable:
green beans (requested) 16 pounds ready to cook
corn/or corn on the cob; 16 pounds or 80 half cobs

Sides;
baked beans (requested)- 3 gallons (about 6 pounds dry beans
scalloped potatoes (requested) at least 35 pounds of potatoes; can also be an entree for any vegetarians

4 pans of cornbread or 75 biscuits would be a great addition.

Caesar salad- fine, with potato side dishes and beans, you do not need another salad. 3/4 the amount for 100 from the plan for 100 page.

If you do add, consider a gallon of marinated veggies or gardiniera, or one classic relish tray from the veggie tray page.

Dessert
Least expensive for couple if they do a small wedding cake 20-25 servings) and add either a grooms cake (2 layer half sheet) or a small dessert buffet (1/2 the dessert bar for 100 from the site).

If this saves you time, trouble, or money, consider a donation to support this site. Thanks.

El
09/07/13
Thanks so much for your quick response!!! :)
I realized that both main dishes were pork however I have 2 spiral hams in my freezer and was considering using them to keep costs down. I will re think the main dishes. Thanks for the note on only needing 2 main dishes for 75.
I take it for a party of 75:
3 appetizers
2 salads
2 vegetables
2 sides (potatoes/beans
2 main dishes (meat
1 bread
1 desert (Wedding cake
Re the amounts:
With less variety I will need to have a larger % of each. If I have enough for 75 of each that is 150 servings. How do you calculate the percentages? Some people will take some of everything and some will not.
Anita
09/08/13
Im having an outdoor picnic wedding for 150...how many napkins, plates, cups and cutlery for a buffet?
ellen
09/08/13
Anita, check out the planner on the beverage page.

When you have 2 entrees, EI, people take more and often some of each. You would need to have 50-55 servings of the preferred one, and about 35 of the second. By far the most economical these days is leg quarters (cut some in half for the buffet, leave some whole). Other option is one of my wedding chicken recipes.

For the side dishes, you assume everyone will take a standard serving of both, except salads, which tend to divide like entrees.

Lori
09/22/13
How man cans of 6 lb 50 oz gree beans are needed to serve 2000 people?
Lori
09/22/13
How many people does 1 can of 6 lb, 5oz green beans serve?
ellen
09/22/13
Lori, I believe you are talking about the restaurant size "#10" can. These hold about 12 cups drained, so they can be counted on for 24 servings; if there are other vegetables, it will serve 24, but if it is the only vegetable, closer to 20. Amounts do vary a little depending on what else is served.

The good news is, left overs can be marinated in an Italin-style dressing and served cold as part of a salad.

Minnie
09/26/13
Hi Ellen

I was so impressed with all the advice.

Please can you assist me on the following:
Having a year end function -
120 people Buffet - how much of the following will I need ?
I want to have a salad bar not sure how to go about it.
Cream Spinach, Honey & Cinnamon Butternut, Beetroot, Coleslaw?
1/4 Grilled chicken Tighs?
Sushi ?,
Dessert is a Tiramisu & Sherry Trifle.
Its my first time and I am not sure. I am so nervous please can you help

ellen
09/26/13
I think I have the menu:

Sushi
Depends on the crowd. Be sure you include some that has no fish, such as the California roll. As an appetizer or on the salad bar, about 4 pieces per person

Cole slaw- 3 gallons
Salad bar- assuming this is for a side salad and is self serve
12 pounds lettuces and greens
6 1/2 pounds tomatoes chopped, or grape tomatoes,
chopped celery, bell pepper, cucumber, etc- about 3 pounds of each used
4 1/2 pounds avocado (about 20), small cubes and dressed with lemon juice to reduce browning
1 1/2 pounds onions (chives, green onions)
3 pounds crumbly cheese, such as feta or blue cheese (1 tablespoon per person)
3 pounds chopped hard cooked egg (2 1/2 dozen
croutons, about 3 pounds
1 gallon assorted dressings (you could put a bottle of lite Ranch and a bottle of Italian on each table)

Chicken leg quarters-1 per person, cut some into 2 pieces, since not everyone will want a whole quarter

Creamed spinach- frozen, ready to cook, about 30 pounds
Butternut squash- about 35 pounds as purchased
Beets- if you use canned, you want about 40 pounds including the liquid

This menu desperately needs rolls, 2 small per person, and about 4-5 pounds of butter, and it would not hurt to put 3-4 gallons of potato salad on the salad bar for a starch.

If this saves you time, trouble, or money, please make a donation, maybe a dime per guest, to support the site. Thank you.

Melanie
09/26/13
I am fixing chili for around 100 teenagers.
I use ground beef chili-o mix, tomato sacuce and bush's chili beans? can u tell me how much of each i would need? i usually only fix for about 10-20 thanks!
melanie
09/26/13
also needed to know how many boxes of crackers gonna use chips also like fritos and shredded cheese need help on how much to get of all of this please!! this is for a BSU retreat!!

Thanks so much!

Linda
09/27/13
I need to know how many boxes of instant mashed potatoes to feed 75-100 people.
ellen
09/27/13
Linda,
Sorry, but I don't use these. My friends who do, say they make half as many servings as it says on the box.
ellen
09/27/13
Melanie,

Teens eat a lot

You can save yourself a pile of money by making your own chili powder, see this recipe, at the bottom of the page, in fact, check out the whole page;

ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/chili.html

Each 20 pounds ground meat serves about 80 people. I would do 30 pounds.

At least 6 #10 cans of beans

For teens:
crackers 8-10 pounds per 100
fritos- 1 pound per 12
shredded cheese, sour cream, etc- see the potato bar page for toppings, they are the same

Add a gallon of sliced jalapenos

ron
10/03/13
cooking for 200 people
Cooking chicken fajitas for 200 people. 5 oz of chicken per person but how many onions & peppers would be needed?
Misty
10/03/13
Hi Ellen,

I am having a 17th birthday party for my daughter. My husband and I are going to cater the meal ourself (to cut cost). We have a guest list of 85 and are cooking chicken and beef enchiladas with beans and rice. We have been doing some research but I'm not sold on my numbers for how much meat we should buy. Your help is very much appreciated.

ellen
10/03/13
Ron, 1 pound per 3, about 1/2 and 1/2 and do read my fajita page for comments on seasoning the vegetables.
ellen
10/03/13
Misty, what a happy fiesta.

Since it is teens, I would do 3-4 enchiladas per person.

I would do 1/2 and 1/2, especially if you use both a red and a green sauce. Also, I would do a pan of cheese enchiladas for any vegetarians in the group-there will be some.

You need about 1 pound boneless chicken per 5, 1 pound lean boneless beef per 5.

Misty
10/05/13
I thank you very much! I will donate to your fund, you've been a great help to me and others! Have a great weekend!
Lori
10/07/13
I have volunteered to help make wraps for a local charity. Can you please tell me how much we should be purchasing of deli meat and veggies. We were thinking of making ham and turkey wraps with veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, cheese & lettuce). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
ellen
10/07/13
Lori, how many people are you serving, or is it plated?
Lori
10/08/13
Oh sorry. It is for approximately 90 people.
ellen
10/08/13
Lori, I like this recipe for wraps for 2 reasons, the cream cheese helps it stay together and the mustard is tastier than standard.

Also, the tortillas are available in spinach and tomato, green and red, which look great.

I would make 1 per person plus 10 percent, and all cut into halves so people can do several.

This makes 6

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese with chives

1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (1 for mild eaters)

1 large avocado, mashed

Mash together!

6 (8 inch) tortillas
Spread the tortillas with the mash, right near to the edge.

1 1/2 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce

3/4 cup shredded Swiss, cheddar, jack or havarti cheese

1 large tomato, seeded and diced (can use chopped dried tomatoes in oil to hold better and drip less)

12 slices thinly sliced deli turkey (about 7 ounces)
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
(can sub deli sliced ham)

Also make about 6-8 cheese only in case of any vegetarians

If you are on a tight budget, you can add a tablespoon or 2 of rice to each, and make 8 with the same recipe.

You can also add finely diced red onion and thinly sliced or shredded carrots to some for more flavor and color.

If this saves you time trouble or money, please make a donation, maybe a dime per person, to support the site.

Moe
10/14/13
I'm having a halloween party, and I'm sure there will be over 200 people.
I want to know how many 64 oz bags of chicken will i need to buy.
how many boxes of Jello i would need to buy
how many brownie mixes i would need to buy
how many cupcake mixes i would need to buy
and how many mini hot dogs i would need to buy?
ellen
10/14/13
Moe, are you planning to give everyone dinner? I need to know the entire menu including appetizer and beverages, age/mix of crowd, whether it will be a self service situation, how long they will be there.

It takes about 3-4 kitchen people and 12 front staff to set up, serve, and clean up a party this size. You need help.

Please write back.

Annemarie
10/28/13
Hi, I am planning a birthday party for my mom. I'm not sure how much meatballs, oh roast beef and hoagies together. My family has offered to make the salads and baked ziti along with desserts. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Annemarie
ellen
10/28/13
Annemarie, it looks like you are planning beef hoagies and meatball hoagies, and not clear how many guests?

You want to end up with about 1 pound cooked meats for each 5 people for sandwiches, so you want to start with about 1 1/3 pounds raw for each 5. This total can be divided between the meatballs and roast to your taste-

If you want to send more information, I can give a better estimate.

Annemarie
10/28/13
Ellen, sorry we have about 40 people coming to the party.
Thanks for your help
Annemarie
10/28/13
Ellen, sorry for the typos in my first message. I am having hot roast sandwiches, meatball sandwiches and hoagie tray. I need to know how much meat to buy for 40 people. How many hoagies should I order?
Pamela
10/28/13
Ellen. I am planning a football banquet for about 125 people. I was wondering how many turkeys and boneless hams that I should buy? Thank you!!
ellen
10/28/13
Annemarie, with 40 people, 3 major sandwiches is a lot. You only want to allow about 2 inches of hoagie per person, as not everyone will take one. Suggest you consider baguettes or sticks of Italian bread as your rolls, allow 3 ounces per person. Cut the sticks into 3 or 4, depends on size, and have 1 piece per person in addition to the hoagies. About 8 pounds smallish meatballs and 10 cooked (12 raw) boneless beef. Only increase if there will be a LOT of teens/ football players...
ellen
10/28/13
Pamela, this is discussed in detail in the article on shopping for large community feasts in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots. If you need to write back, be sure to start a new thread.
Seed Sprout Haven
10/31/13
How many pounds of noodles do I need to serve 300 people at 1/2 cup servings each?
ellen
10/31/13
Depends on the type of noodles, there is a yield table for pasta on the spaghetti page.
Velma
11/09/13
How many fresh turnip greens needed to feed 200 pe
How many fresh turnip greens needed to feed 200 peoples
Monica
11/10/13
How many pounds of chili for 70 hot dogs?
ellen
11/10/13
Velma, if these are whole, fresh out of the field, need washi8ng and trimming greens, you need 50 pounds per 100. If they are ready to cook, 22-24 pounds per 100 is plenty.
ellen
11/10/13
Monica, the condiment list on the sandwich page has amounts and there are great recipes for both coney sauce and hot dog chili for 100 on this site:

www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/43504.html

kim
11/11/13
I am planning a church event. we are having a concession stand at an auction. attendance is estimating 300-400. we are making egg and cheese/sausage sandwiches for the morning & donuts,and for lunch bbq, hot dogs, smoked sausage,. i need help!
how many hot dogs, sausages, egg, cheese, rolls, and mini bags of chips and sodas to i buy!!?!?!?!?
ellen
11/11/13
Are there any other food booths available?
Kim
11/11/13
no we will be the only booth
Kim
11/11/13
we also will have soups, but the soups and bbq are being donated so we dont need to account for buying for those
ellen
11/11/13
Kim, I'm sorry, but this is too big for me to estimate- please post to the proboards catering boards for help:

chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com
foodservice.com

Sindi
11/20/13
I would like to find out how much is needed to make platters for 300 people.please give me a list.should be meat,samoosas,hot dogs any variety except fruits.
Thank you
ellen
11/20/13
Sindi, I usually estimate for USA groups, they eat more than mos. So I need 2 things: is it a USA group? What is the entire menu. what kind of event and how long will it last? Please write back.
Sandra
12/10/13
We are planning a 75th birthday party for approx. 70 guests, 2-4 pm. I planned to order catered finger sandwiches and also serve a variety of about 8 cookies, coffee ,tea and
punch.I see that you have reservations about serving finger sandwiches.What would you recommend serving instead of finger sandwiches?
Thank you.
ellen
12/10/13
Finger sanwiches are perfect for this crowd at this time of day. 4 pieces per person for most, adding some extra if there are teens or young adults.
Holly
01/03/14
We are having a bbq birthday dinner. How many bags of potato chips for approx. 150 people? Please keep in mind we are in the South.....lol
ellen
01/03/14
1 pound per 10, assuming some other sides are also offered. Dip is never wasted- about 1 pint per pound.
Roz Tucker
01/11/14
Hello
I am cooking a birthday meal for 40 adults and a few kids (6-8) my menu is:

Spaghetti with cheese,
BBQ wings (full wings)sauce also
Potato salad(I think I will buy this)
Spiral sliced ham
Veggie tray
Rolls
How much do I need of these foods for 40 Adults
and about 5-8 kids 6-10yrs of age

Thank u much

ellen
01/11/14
If you do for 50, you will have some left, so cut these amounts for 50 about 10%.

Spaghetti with cheese, do 4 pounds dry
Potato salad(I think I will buy this), 1 1/2 to 2 gallons

BBQ wings (full wings)sauce also- 2 wings per person, 1/4 cup sauce per person
Meatballs would be a better buy- 1 pound per 4, 3 quarts sauce per 10 pounds
Spiral sliced ham- 1 pound boneless per 3-4

Veggie tray- use the veggie tray page, or do salad, using the plan for 100 page

Rolls- 6-7 pounds, 2 pounds butter

ellen
01/11/14
By the way, if this saves you time, trouble, or money, please make a donation, maybe a dime or quarter per person, to support this site. Thanks.
Michelle
01/22/14
I am providing breakfast for a church group - 40 people. We are having bagels and a yogurt bar with fruit and granola. I'm thinking 1 bagel per person (Having them sliced), but I don't know how much yogurt to purchase.
ellen
01/22/14
About 24 cups, unless you get Greek, then about 30. Some should be low fat or non fat, and stick with fruit flavors, but not all berries. Consider adding a dozen hard boiled eggs and a salt shaker.
ALICIA
01/25/14
Wedding for 250 persons.How many briskets do I need and how many loafs of bread
ellen
01/26/14
Sandwiches? 1 1/2 large rolls per person, or 2 smaller. (Or about 3-4 ounces bread per person. 2 pounds raw trimmed brisket per 5 people.

If this saves you time, trouble, or money, please make a donation, maybe a dime per guest, to support this site. Thanks.

roni
01/26/14
01/26/14 I'm having Baby Shower in a two weeks I have 70 guest that confirmed. I plan on having 4lbs. of shrimp pasta 5 lbs. jambalaya 6lbs meatballs 300 finger sandwiches (ham, roast beef and turkey0 Also fruit tray, vegetable tray and cheese tray whole sheet cake, 48 cupcake and cookies is this enough? This is not written in stone I can change menu
ellen
01/27/14
Check your other post.
Lori
02/09/14
making ham bbq's for 80 guests. Roughly how many pounds of chipped ham? Also having chicken fillets so not all will eat sandwiches.
ellen
02/09/14
Argh. It depends completely on what else is being served and how much chicken and what style chicken (straight strips/ fried/ for sandwiches, etc). Please write back with more info.
Anna
02/11/14
I am having a lunch party with approximately 80 people. I am having someone making pulled pork so the guest can have sandwiches with the pulled pork. We are wanting to get green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, and baked beans. There will also be desert so they can also go for cake, chocolates, and other deserts. I am wondering with the meat and the deserts how much of green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, and baked beans should we get?
ellen
02/11/14
green beans,
corn,
fruit cocktail,
baked beans

If you use canned, a #10 can has 24 servings, so with 4 you will have some of each left.

If by weight for fresh or frozen, the green beans and corn are about 18 pounds each.

Laura
02/12/14
I am serving fried shrimp for 20 people. We will also have french fries, hushpuppies and coleslaw, as well as birthday cake. :) I figured 1/5 of 100 for the french fries would be ~11 lbs of french fries, but does that hold true since we'll have the hushpuppies, as well? I found a bag of french fries at Sam's that was 8 lbs. Wondering if I should get more.
ellen
02/12/14
More fries is less shrimp. Consider going to 10 pounds.
Jamie
02/20/14
Hi,

I'm going to be bbq'ing at a wedding for 175 people. I will be cooking chicken and tri tip, along with potato salad,green salad, beans, and garlic bread. Can you tell me how much to purchase for:

Chicken - 100 people
Tri Tip - 75 people
Potato Salad - 87 people
Green Salad - 87 people
Beans 175 people
french bread - 175 people

Thank you!
Jamie

ellen
02/21/14
Jamie, if this is a buffet service, that is not how the meat and other foods will split. In this type party situation, you need at least 2 pounds raw tri-tip per 5 for the entire party, plus 1 piece chicken per person for the entire party. 6-7 gallons potato salad, 18 pounds greens plus dressings and toppings, 5 1/2 gallons beans (14 pounds dry), 22-25 pounds bread, 4-5 pounds butter.

Hope this helps. If it saves you time, trouble, or money, please make a donation, maybe a dime per guest, to support this site. Thanks.

cc
03/11/14
How much lettuce, tomato and onions do I need for a red enchilada fund raiser? Pre sold 200 tickets and expecting walk ins.
ellen
03/11/14
Are you making the traditional bit of chopped lettuce salad served with the rice and beans? What will you do with the onions? Write back.
cc
03/11/14
yes, it is the traditional "garnish" with beans & rice. The onions are optional as some don't like them.
cc
03/11/14
yes, it is the traditional "garnish" with beans & rice. The onions are optional as some don't like them.
Stacy
03/11/14
I'm helping with a fundraiser serving strawberry shortcake for about 200 people. Any idea how many pounds of sliced strawberries in sauce would be needed? Thank you!
ellen
03/11/14
cc, purchase by weight, 1 pound lettuce per 10, 8 pounds diced tomatoes per 100; maybe 5 pounds onions per 100.
ellen
03/11/14
Hi, Stacy, I usually use 1 quart per 8 , but with a fundraiser you could go a little lighter- 1 pound per 10.
heshani
03/18/14
i need to serve 100 people. how many cake kiolos i have to make? is 1 kg enough?
thanx
Andrew
03/18/14
Hi, I am Organizing a sausage sizzle fund raiser and was wondering how much onion to buy to feed 400?
ellen
03/19/14
Heshani, in USA terms, 1 full sheet cake which is 18x26, makes 50-60 party servings. An ounce of cake is a small snack size portion, and a kilo would make about 30 small servings. You want at least 3 kilos.
john
03/20/14
how many boxes of chips and pretzels for reception of 200 people? just a extra not going with dinner.
ellen
03/20/14
About 1 pound per 12-15.
EM
03/24/14
I am putting on an event for 300 guests. How many linens (cloth napkins) will I need? Food will be served buffet style. Thanks very much.
alexia
03/25/14
how much potato salad is needed for 10000 people
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ellen
03/25/14
EM allow 2 napkins per person.
Darlene
03/26/14
chili
How much of each ingredient do I need to make chili for 350 people?
ellen
03/26/14
Darlene, 4 times the church chili recipe on this site would about do it; I don't know what recipe you are trying to increase.
Megan
04/05/14
Hello,

I am hosting my son's afternoon tea after his baptism for 40 people at home.
The following day I am hosting his 1st birthday party for 80 people in a community hall.

Desperately need your worldly advice on food ideas and how much.
I was thinking for the christening tea to just buy easy foods. eg biscuits, muffins, cake, jam roll - stuff I don't have to prepare.
The party will be a mixed range of ages. Mostly adults and a few youngsters. Do you think pre ordering KFC is an option? Or are there foods I can pre do and freeze....
Any advice you can give, I will be very grateful.
Kind regards,
Megan

ellen
04/05/14
Hi, Megan,

Can you tell me the time and length of the 2 parties, as this will affect the type food, esp for the birthday party. It also matters if they are coming directly to the tea without a stop for lunch on the way. In addition, will wine or other alcohol be served?

Also, do you like to bake and do you have a freezer? Write back.

Bettylou Christenson
04/05/14
cooking for 35 with pork loin, chicken
how much do I buy to do up fresh fruit tray & raw vegtable tray
ellen
04/05/14
Do 1/3 of 100, using the fruit tray page and the veggie tray page. You could also do 1/2 a classic relish tray, top of the veggie tray page.
Megan
04/07/14
Oops, christening is 3.00pm and the b'day party is 1.00pm.
After the christening every one is coming straight back to our house.

As the b'day party is at 1.00 we are counting this as lunch. There will be alcohol at both events. eg wine & bear.

mmmm as most of my time is with my Bubby Oscar I would prefer to freeze rather than bake.
I know this may be unrealistic for the b'day party as there is an oven at the venue and I can do sausage rolls etc if need be.

Just wanted to spend little time in the kitchen if possible. Enjoy the day and not stress. Happy to cook prior to day.

Cara
04/11/14
Hi Ellen. I'm so glad I found your site! I'm planning a wedding for about 200 people (we're expecting closer to 160 to show), all adults. The reception will start at 4:30 and last until around 9:30-10, with dinner served at 6:30. The event is going to be outside in May.

We're having a professional caterer handle most of the dinner meal, but we wanted to try to take care of the appetizers, dessert, drinks, and a few of the sides ourselves.

I've spent quite a bit of time reading over your site, but I'd be grateful if you could double-check my numbers.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks:
- 10 gallons Lemonade
- 10 gallons Unsweetened Ice Tea (with sugar and stevia provided on the side)
- 2 pounds regular Coffee
- 2 pounds decaf Coffee
- Water will also be available

Alcohol:
- 3 cases of red wine
- 5 cases of white wine
- 1 case of a local sweet wine
- about 70 gallons of beer total (30% american light, 25% wheat, 25% nut brown, 20% stout)
- Specialty cocktail (240 servings)

Appetizers:
- 14 lbs each of three types of cheese (chevre, cheddar, and gruyere)
- Fresh grapes, dried cherries, and/or craisins (not sure about quantity)
- 1 gallon Spinach Artichoke dip
- 5 lbs assorted crackers
- 5 lbs fresh bread

Dinner sides (provided by us):
- 4 gallons Slaw (about how many heads of cabbage is this?)
- 18 pounds mixed greens for salad
- 6 cups cranberries, 3 cups either sliced almonds or pine nuts, and 6 cups either feta or blue cheese for salad
- 10, 8oz bottles of vinaigrette
- 10, 8oz bottles of light ranch dressing

Dinner (provided by caterer):
- 2 entrees: pulled pork BBQ and grilled fish
- roasted potatoes
- baked beans
- steamed veggies
- stewed tomato salad

Dessert:
- 150 chocolate cupcakes
- 150 carrot cupcakes
- 24 gluten-free chocolate cupcakes
- We're also having a campfire with s'mores station
(I'm planning for 1 s'more per person, but I suspect is this will be high. However, they will be out and available the entire time, not just with dessert).

Other:
1000 cocktail napkins
1000 dinner napkins
200 wine glasses
200 beer/water glasses
How many coffee cups?
How many dessert plates?

The 200 wine/200 beer glasses is the number provided by the rental company we're using. Will this be enough glasses? Would 1 coffee cup per person (~160) be enough? I doubt that everyone will have coffee. Same with the dessert plates? Since we're going with cupcakes, I'm wondering if these will really be used much, though I do plan to set them out for the appetizers as well.

We're planning to hire two people to manage the food (refilling serving platters, keeping the drink dispensers and ice buckets filled, taking down the appetizer table and setting up the cupcake table) and other tasks (picking up trash or abandoned plates and cups, etc). Do you think 2 people will be enough to handle this or should we hire more?

Thanks for providing such a great resource. Your site is by far the best reference I've come across for laying out these numbers. Any additional suggestions or advice that you have would be much appreciated. Thank you!

ellen
04/12/14
Megan, look at the champagne lunch plan on this site, 3 times the amounts to get for 80. Can be done ahead.

For the mid afternoon, you need about 8-10 pieces of things per person plus lovely fruit tray. You could do the reception level cold cuts and cheese, see the sandwich page, if you want meatiness, but you could do all little mini quiches and such; or how about a Viennese style dessert buffet, it is listed for 100 on the dessert planning page. Hope this helps.

If this saves you time, trouble, or money, please make a donation, maybe a dime per guest, to support this site. Thanks.

Jackie
04/21/14
Hello,
I am preparing a meal for our annual Youth Awards Banquet and I am planning to have 150 people (adults and children). My plan is to serve the Stouffers Lasagna 6lb trays, a side salad (2 lb bags), rolls and miniature cupcakes. The beverage will be iced tea. My question is, how many pans of lasagna will I need for this many people and how many bags of mixed salad will I need. I am adding cherub tomatoes and croutons to the salad.
Gertrude
04/22/14
How much needed? B.B.Q. Ribs for people 3 ps.each
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I am trying to do a fun raiser for scholarships
Lynn
04/23/14
My husband and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary and have 120 invited guests. To keep the costs down I am doing all the cooking. I've decided to have homemade lasagna, chicken wings, sweet & sour meatballs, baked ham,stampede beans,and a potato bar. Caesar salad, asini salad, cheese and fruit tray and buns, and of course lots of baked goods. I have calculated 3 chicken wings, 4 meatballs, per person. Since there is a lot of food, (I'm told) the meat will not be full portions, therefore I'm not sure how many pans of lasagna will be needed or how much ham.
Lynn
04/23/14
Oops, also steamed veggies. I was thinking of making the lasagne, wings and meatballs and freezing them. How far in advance can I do this?
ellen
04/24/14
Jackie, it depends somewhat on the age range and number of children.

Stouffers Lasagna 6lb trays, these cut about 8 portions, 18. Consider having 1/3 chicken and 2 pans veggie (labeled) for the none- meat eaters.
Consider putting a shaker of Parm cheese on each table.
a side salad (2 lb bags), 14 pounds, 5 pounds croutons, 6-7 pounds small cherry or grape tomatoes. 18 8 ounce bottles or 3-4 quarts (1 gallon) salad dressing- more if thick and self serve
rolls-2 small per person, about 18 pounds; 4 pounds butter
miniature cupcakes, 2 per person

Tea, about 12 gallons, 1/3 unsweetened, sugar and pink or yellow sweetener; 20 lemons
Consider adding lemonade, 6 gallons, frozen concentrate is very good.

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ellen
04/24/14
Gertrude, ribs are a very costly choice for a fund raiser- you need at least 1/2 pound per plate, and that is a small plate. Consider doing chicken leg quarters instead, a. fraction of the cost

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ellen
04/24/14
Dear Lynn,

You may suspect, yes, it is too much food, and will leave you awfully tired and too busy in the kitchen to enjoy your party; not to mention, too many leftovers...

So I am going to suggest some menu tweaks.

homemade lasagna, use the lasagna planning table, do for 100. Consider doing a couple of trays vegetarian.
chicken wings, unless these are beloved, omit- costly and a lot of trouble to prepare and hold.
sweet & sour meatballs, about 15 pounds, 1 gallons sauce
baked ham, 1 pound ready to serve per 5 or 1 pound boneless, ready to bake per 4
2 squeeze bottles good mustard.

stampede beans, 10 pound dry to start, or 5 gallons ready to serve
potato bar, use the potato bar guide on this site, do for 100. The cook ahead info really works.
steamed veggies, do chopped broccoli as part of the potato bar, amount on that page

Caesar salad, do for 100, see the plan for 100 page; 10-12 pounds if you buy the pre-cut lettuce

asini salad, 4 gallons

cheese- 10 pounds, some can be logs or spreads
fruit tray, 1 deluxe fruit tray for 100. everything but the berries can be fully prepped the day before and stored in baggies.
crackers- 6-8 pounds

baked goods- 2-3 per person, depends on size and type. The freezer is your friend here.

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Cassandra
04/29/14
I'm cooking for 200 peoples and I need to know how many gallon cans of baked beans do I needs, How many potatoes do I needs, and how much rice, broccoli and cheese do I need for 200 people
ellen
04/29/14
baked beans, the cans are actually about 3 quarts, and you need 4 per 100 for a side dish.

potatoes- depends what kind, for mashed, about 40 pounds per 100, for baked, see the baked potato bar page

rice, broccoli and cheese- assuming this is a casserole? For each 50 servings, you need about

3 quarts cooked rice (that's about 3 pounds dry)
1 1/2 quarts milk
#303 can ( size of tomato juice can, found at restaurant supply) cream of something soup OR 1 1/2 quarts THICK cream sauce
3 pounds shredded cheese
10 pounds chopped broccoli
2 cups finely chopped onions
herbs and seasoning to taste

Crumb topping is 1/2 cup butter plus 3 1/2 cups bread crumbs

Bake:
Conventional oven: 350 F for 30 minutes
Convection oven: 300 F for 20 minutes

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latoya
05/13/14
Hello planning a beef n beer event plan on having about 50-80 people not sure how much wings to buy??
ellen
05/13/14
For appetizers? At least 1/3 pound pieces per person.
Lisa
05/13/14
Hi Ellen. I was hoping you could go over the amounts I have for my son's upcoming wedding. We have a confirmed 66 people attending. Any suggestions for changes or improvements would sure be welcome.

*Pulled pork - 18 lb (this is the weight before I added all the pan juices back in after i pulled it)
*Chicken breasts - 15 lb raw (these will be cut into smaller pieces and fried in a cornflake coating, refrigerated, then baked before reception
*Sweet and sour meatballs - mother of the bride's contribution. I have no idea how much she plans to make.
*Potato salad - 2.5 gallons
*Macaroni salad - 2 gallons
*Caesar salad - I was thinking 8 romaine hearts??
*Mexican bean salad - 1/2 gallon
*1 veggie platter with dip
*1 fruit platter with sweet dip
*1 pickle/olive tray
*cheese tray - how much??
*6 dozen buns
*5 gallons punch

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Lisa
05/14/14
I just thought of another question. The chicken breasts have been sliced in half length wise, so are only maybe 1/2" thick. I will batter and fry them the morning of, refrigerate, then finish baking right before reception. The wedding will be from about 5:05-5:45 and dinner about 6:10. So I can either put them in the oven at 5:00 at, say 300 degrees, and turn oven off at 5:45 or should I put them in at 5:45 at 400 degrees for 20 minutes???
ellen
05/14/14
Lisa, I am going to assume 75 people.

*Pulled pork - 18 lb (this is the weight before I added all the pan juices back in after I pulled it)-plenty; 5 dozen buns or 10 dozen slider buns, 1 gallon slaw, 3 pounds sliced onions, 1-2 quarts pickles
*Chicken breasts - 15 lb raw (these will be cut into smaller pieces and fried in a cornflake coating, refrigerated, then baked before reception
*Sweet and sour meatballs - mother of the bride's contribution. I have no idea how much she plans to make.
*Potato salad - 2.5 gallons-OK, might go 3
*Macaroni salad - 2 gallons-OK
*Caesar salad - I was thinking 8 romaine hearts??- OK, about 7 pounds, 2 quarts dressing, 3-4 pounds croutons, 3 pounds Parm cheese
*Mexican bean salad - 1/2 gallon- go 4-6 quarts
*1 veggie platter with dip
*1 fruit platter with sweet dip- might go 2
*1 pickle/olive tray
*cheese tray - how much?? 6 pounds assorted, some can be spreads or logs, 4-5 pounds crackers

*5 gallons punch- at least 6, and do have something sugar-free for any dieters and diabetics

Re: the chicken- Preheat the oven to 400 before the service and take the trays out of the refrigerator. Moment first person returns, into the oven. Will take a solid 25-30 minutes, but if the service isn't over until 545, the photos will take longer than that!

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Lisa
05/14/14
Thanks so much Ellen. I wouldn't have thought to add crackers to a buffet table - I thought that was more of an appetizer thing. I was just wondering what order you put items in on the buffet table. I read somewhere to put meats last. So would I put potato/macaroni/Caesar/bean salads, then veggie and fruit trays, then cheese and crackers, and pickle tray, then have the buns, and then the coleslaw so it's by the pork?
ellen
05/14/14
Put the appetizer things first, then the salad things, and yes, the slaw by the buns and pork. You might consider having some of the appies set up separately when the guests start to come in, maybe with lemonade or a punch, since it will be almost an hour between the end of the ceremony and the dinner, due to the photos, clothes changing, etc. Maybe with the meatballs and toothpicks...
Lisa
05/14/14
Sorry, me again. Just one more thing. How long would it take it reheat the defrosted pork in a roasting oven?

Thanks so much for your help and quick replies

ellen
05/14/14
Preheat the roaster, 325. Thaw meat _thoroughly_ in fridge. Pam the cooking pan, this is a roaster full.

Allow 1 1/2 hours to heat. Turn to 180 when the middle reaches 165 on a quick read thermometer, stirring meat well occasionally.

Cheryl
05/15/14
I am having a graduation party and have no idea how much food to purchase. Party is from 4 - 8. Planning on approximately 150 people. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. The menu is as follows:

Ham
Wings
Cheesy Potatoes
Pasta Salad
Baked Beans
Fruit Salad
Veggie Tray

Cake
Choc Fountain
With Oreo
Strawberries
Rice Crispies
Pop

Thank you so much for your help.

Toni
05/16/14
How many pounds of cookies do I need for 120 people? The cookies will be 1 of 3 desserts served.
ellen
05/16/14
It depends on the size and type of the cookies, not the weight. Allow 2 smallish cookies per person.
Cheryl
05/16/14
I posted yesterday regarding a graduation party I am having and have not seen a response yet. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
ellen
05/17/14
Hi, Cheryl,

When I do answers, it usually only shows me the last post on a column, and there was someone posted after you- it is always a good idea to start a new thread- anyway, here is a check on your menu.

Ham- 1 pound ready to serve per 4, 1 pound needs cooking per 3. I would add slider size buns, 2 per person, and mustard.
Wings-1/2 pound per person. Very costly. Legs, 5 for every 4 people, are a MUCH better buy.
Cheesy Potatoes- use the guide .at the bottom of breakfast planning page
Pasta Salad- 8 pounds dry pasta plus add-ins
Baked Beans-5 gallons (4 #10 cans is 3 gallons)
Fruit Salad-5 gallons, but consider doing fruit trays instead, see the fruit tray page. Prettier, keep better, easier to eat, and the leftovers are more usable.
Veggie Tray- use the veggie tray page

Cake- full sheet will cut 60 pieces
Choc Fountain- use the chocolate fountain article, and be aware that it really does take one person monitoring just that.
With Oreo
Strawberries
Rice Crispies

Pop- exact amounts on the beverage planning page, with advice on assortment

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Angela
05/31/14
Picnic for 40-50 guests
Hello Ellen,
I'm planning a 4th of July backyard bar-b-que for family. The menu: Ribs & Chicken, Hot dogs, polish sausage, hamburgers, potato salad, carrot raisin salad, homemade baked beans, broccoli salad, and corn. beer and wine. should I have dips or guacamole & chips? I usually go way over board with food, can you help please? thank you angela
ellen
05/31/14
Very good to have some nibbles. 4 pounds chips, about 4 pints dips/salsa; except with guac separately, about 6 cups.

This is way more meat choices than usual for 50, and very hard to estimate. Suggest you stick to 3.

Ribs, 1 per kid, 2 per adult
Chicken, 1 chicken per 8 (1 piece per person)

Hot dogs, polish sausage, just one? about 6 pounds

hamburgers, about 30, some left

potato salad, 2 gallons
homemade baked beans, 4 pounds dry

carrot raisin salad, 1 gallon
broccoli salad, 1 gallon
corn, 50 pieces, 1 per person, could be halves

beer
wine
use the beverage planning page. A keg serves 40 beer drinkers

Gia
06/05/14
Hi Ellen, I'm making enchiladas for 75. How many ounces or cups of filling and sauce do I need to make sure everyone is satisfied? I was thinking 2 enchiladas per person for a total of 150 would suffice.

Thanks!

ellen
06/06/14
Many people want 3 enchiladas for a dinner portion, I would make at least 200. Plus rice, beans, salad, and extra tortillas, both flour and corn.

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Judy
06/18/14
what amt. of heads of lettuce & ground beef for taco salad to serve 75 people.
ellen
06/19/14
Use 3/4 the amount for 100 on the taco bar page. It has all the other toppings, too.
ale
06/19/14
Im having my baby shower i'm making fajitas but I don't know how much to buy it's about 90 people but im also serving rice and beans plus chicken sandwich.how many pounds of fajitas do I buy
Margie
06/20/14
I am making 80 small croissant sandwiches for a shower. How many lbs of chicken salad or ham salad should i need? I ordered 14 lbs...not sure if that is enough? Thank you.
ellen
06/21/14
Ale, if you are buying the meat already cooked, about 18 pounds, toppings, use the taco bar page toppings.
ellen
06/21/14
Margie, that should be fine.
Lettie
06/27/14
I am feeding around 60 to 80 kids for snack and was thinking about fruit jello but I don't know how much one box will feed? Do you know of any other snack ideas with biscuits for the same amount of kids?
ellen
06/27/14
17 boxes makes 100 servings of jello salad. The small box is 4 1/2 cup servings.

Peanut or other nut butters with crackers and pretzels

Cheese sticks and fruit slices

Ranch dip with baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and a celery stick

Fresh strawberries and grapes

Susan
07/01/14
We're planning an outdoor community event for 125 and could use some guidance. The meal will be grilled 1/2 chickens, baked beans (4 gallons), multi color rotini pasta salad (4 gallons), cole slaw (2/1/2 gallons), garden salad (8 pounds ready) with cherry tomatoes, etc., and 2 sheets of cornbread.
I'd like your advice on how many half-chickens portions will be needed, and whether we should add a potato salad or green bean salad for balance.
ellen
07/01/14
A potato salad is always welcome- about 4 gallons, 35-40 pounds of potatoes to start.

Suggest you consider cutting into quarters rather than halves, as the dark meat really does take about 10 minutes longer. Allow a quarter per person, a few extra if you have heavy eaters, and cut some of the quarters into 2 pieces after cooking, for kids and other light eaters.

Don't forget butter (3 pounds) and maybe some honey or jam for the cornbread.

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Susan
07/02/14
thanks for your helpful and speedy response. One last question - how many chicken halves (or quarters) should we order for 125?
ellen
07/02/14
125 quarters=63 halves= about 35 chickens, allowing a little wiggle room.
Kyle
07/03/14
Hello Ellen

I stumbled upon your site and it has been very insightful! I was wondering if you could help with my food planing. Im having a wedding reception for 70 people. It will be self serve buffet style.

so far the planed menu is
salad bar with assortments of toppings and dressings

cold salads-
Pasta salad
quinoa salad
bean salad

hot pans-
mac and cheese
another hot pan item

main dishes
vegetable strudel 14inches
bacon potato 14 inches

meat pasty pie
vege pasty pie

dessert-
cake
fruit pie possibly

it will be in up north Michigan so we have it slightly themed to that with the pastys.

I was wondering how much should I get of each item to have it be well balanced.

also any suggestions on recipes or food items to add would be greatly appreciated!

thank you!

Tammie Petersen
07/04/14
250 cups of brewed iced tea
I would appreciate having a recipe to prepare 250 cups of brewed iced tea. Is it possible to make a concentrate and dilute with water?
Thank you.
ellen
07/04/14
Yes. This recipe is on the beverage planning page, about 1/2 way down. 160 measured cups, approximately.

ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/bevmisc100.html

kyle
07/04/14
Hey ellen I posted yesterday and did not get a reply any helo would be appriaciated thanks!
ellen
07/05/14
Hi, Kyle,

I have been trying to figure out the 14 inches, and what is a bacon potato. Can you clarify? And yes, it really helps if you start menus on new threads.

kyle
07/05/14
oh sorry they are bacon and potato strudels, and they are 14 inches long.
ellen
07/05/14
so far the planned menu is
salad bar with assortments of toppings and dressings
There are several articles about salad bars on this site. You could have sliced hard-cooked eggs or egg salad for part of this

cold salads-
Pasta salad-
quinoa salad-
Total here at most 4 gallons, maybe 2 1/2 & 1 1/2
bean salad- 1 1/2 gallons
Consider that you don't have a veg and do have a lot of starch dishes; add green salad or a green veg; see the plan for 100 tables and do 3/4 the amount for 100

hot pans-
mac and cheese- why? You have a lot of starch dishes already. With the pasta salad already, at least consider potatoes.
another hot pan item- veg!

main dishes
vegetable strudel 14inches
bacon potato strudel 14 inches
I would plan enough so each person could have 1 small piece (about 2x2) of each

meat pasty pie
veg pasty pie
I would probably do the individual ones, 70 meat, 15 veg, and expect some left over.

dessert-
cake- a sheet cake or 2 layer half sheet serves 60
fruit pie possibly- 8 per pie. Could do tarts, cobblers, or bars instead

MJ
07/12/14
Hi! We are about to cook 1 chicken, 1 meat, 1 vegetables and 1 beef.. i don't have yet dishes to serve but if i have 100 guest how kilo each dish do i have to cook?
ellen
07/12/14
Hi, MJ,
is this over rice? Are the meats in stews/curries, or are they pieces or slices? When you say meat, what do you mean besides beef? Please send more information.
Kat
07/16/14
How much Chicken Salad do I purchase from the deli to make chicken Salad sandwiches for 48 people?
ellen
07/16/14
1/3 cup makes a nice fat sandwich, so you want a gallon.
Chip
07/30/14
Hi Ellen,

I also just came across your site and am hoping you can suggest amounts for my meal plan. I'm catering my sisters wedding (I've only smoked BBQ for this many folks) and want to make sure we have enough without being too wasteful. We're expecting 120 guests.

We're having a carving station with ham and turkey, I'm leaning towards both boneless ham and turkey so as to make the carving easier for the person I'm putting over that station.

Baked Mac & Cheese

Green Bean Casserole

Caesar Salad

Dinner Rolls

Ice Cream Bar for dessert

ellen
07/30/14
How much needed? 120 guests
Hi,

You need to add to your plan, and here is why:
A self-catered buffet is a real challenge to the organizers, and things don't always come together as smoothly as hoped. By planning and setting up an appetizer area or "nibble table" which is ready when the guests begin to arrive, the cooks and servers have time to complete the arrangement of the dinner buffet. This is especially critical if there are children among the guests, or there is a wait before dinner, as at a wedding reception.

This does not have to be complicated. Three items, plus a punch, or two if one is alcoholic, are sufficient. Typically, include a fruit tray, a cheese tray and an attractive dip or spread; or you can go with a dinner theme such as TexMex with chips, salsas, Texas caviar and guacamole; Italian with bruschetta or antipasto; maybe shrimps or other cold seafood, if budget permits.

One appetizer service area is recommended for each 100 guests. You can write back for amounts when you decide what you want. Start a new thread?

Now, on to the dinner menu

Turkey- 2 pounds boneless breast per 5
cranberry, 1 can per 6, or see the crock pot cranberry conserve on this site
ham- 1 pound boneless per 5
yes, boneless is easier.

Baked Mac & Cheese- 12 pounds dry pasta, 1 quart sauce per pound, 1/2 to 1 pound cheese per pound

Green Bean Casserole-2 times ellens better green bean casserole, this site

Caesar Salad-1 1/4 times the amounts for 100 on the plan for 100 page, includes Parm and croutons

Dinner Rolls- get really good ones 2 small crusty per person, 3 pounds butter

Ice Cream Bar for dessert- see the ice cream sundae bar info this site. If there is also wedding cake, just do ice cream for 100.

Amanda vitale
07/31/14
How much should I charge?
I was asked to make cookies for an Italian wedding. There will be 150 people invited. How much should I charge for this?
ellen
07/31/14
Amanda, I don't do charges, as they vary too much from region to region. Check the prices at local bakeries and charge comparably. This is usually in the range of $4 per dozen.
Carolyn
08/07/14
we are doing a meal for 150 elderly and disable people. what is a good menu and the portions?

Thanks

DOLORES
08/24/14
60 people maybe coming how much would I need
chips rolls
potato salad
coleslaw
getting 3 trays of 3 meats each tray has 4 1/2 lbs of meats 3/4 if 2 different cheeses
ellen
08/27/14
Carolyn, this is about 130 regular portions from my lists, so you would do 1 1/3 times the amounts for 100.

You want easily chewed foods with minimum cutting. For example, boneless chicken pieces, not bone in.

A good starch, such as mac and cheese or another protein rich pasta dish, or scalloped potatoes or creamed potatoes.

2-3 cooked vegetables, rather than raw salad- maybe a green bean casserole and a mixed vegetable dish and a corn souffle of some kind.

Excellent desserts, some with no nuts, some sugar free. Adding a fruit tray or fruit salad would be very popular.

ellen
08/27/14
Dolores, if I read this right, you are planning
3 trays
4 1/2 pounds meat= 13 1/2 pounds total; I would get at least 16 pounds, and you need to consider adding a bowl of egg salad for any non-meat eaters
3/4 pounds cheese= 2 1/4 pounds (OR is it total 1 1/2 pounds???); I would get at least 6 pounds

rolls-80
chips- 1 pound per 12, 1 pint dip per pound
potato salad- 2 1/2 gallons
coleslaw- 1 1/2 gallons

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janet O.
09/09/14
I am catering a lunch for 30 men.Menu consists of Pulled Pork sandwiches,potato salad,slaw,baked beans, veggie tray & pie for dessert. How much cabbage,potatoes & pork&beans do I buy. Am making all from scratch
to save money!
emmie
09/10/14
We are doing an Octoberfest wedding shower for 90 people. The menu consist of perogies, BBQ pork, stuffed cabbage,German potato salad, keilbasa and sauerkraut and veggie trays. Can you help me on the amount of each. I plan to purchase most catered from different places so I dont want to tell each place 90 people.
edwina
09/15/14
pasta the yield is 50 how much past will i need per preson
edwina
09/15/14
im sorry i mean pasta
sandy
09/15/14
We are planning a snack table for he morning break for 150 guest. Serving grab and go items. How much per person should I plan for and different items do I buy?
ellen
09/16/14
Hi, Edwina

It depends on if it is a side dish or entree, and the shape of pasta, I go into this in detail in tables on the pasta/spaghetti page. Link is at the top of the main forum page.

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ellen
09/20/14
How much needed? 30 men, lunch
Hi, Janet,

potato salad, 5 quarts, 12 pounds potatoes
slaw, 6 pounds cabbage plus add-ins
baked beans, 1 gallon (#10 can plus 2 #2 1/2 cans) OR 3 pounds dry beans
veggie tray- they would like a fruit tray better- either one, veggie 2 ounces ready to eat per person; fruit 3 ounces ready to eat per person
pie- 8 inch cuts 6, 5 pies, 9-10 inch cuts 8, 4 pies

ellen
09/20/14
How much needed? Emmie, German reception, 90 peopl
Hi, Emmie

BBQ pork, 1 pound raw per 3 plus
keilbasa, 1 pound raw per 4
sauerkraut, 1/4 cup per person
stuffed cabbage, 1 large or 1 1/2 small rolls per person

perogies,, 2 small or 1 1/2 large per person

German potato salad, basic German potato salad for 100 is on this page:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/slaws100.html

veggie trays, consider doing a salad instead, take advice of the supplier, or use the table for 100 and assemble your own.

ellen
09/20/14
How much needed? Grab and go breakfast for 150
Sandi, a basic menu is:
mini muffins (2 per person), or large muffins, 5 for every 4.
assorted yogurt cups, 2 for every 3 people, don't forget spoons
cheese sticks, about 60
mini bagels, 1/2 per person, plus 1 tablespoon cream cheese per person or granola type bars, 1/2 per person
fruit tray- the deluxe fruit tray for 100 at the bottom of the fruit tray page would be plenty
juices- at least orange and apple- OK to do carafes- 1 quart per 8
I always put out a basket of hard cooked eggs in the shell with a salt shaker

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Theresa
09/30/14
How many cabbages needed to make coleslaw for 90 people,
How much macaroni for macaroni salad and also how many tins of tuna
ellen
10/01/14
18 pounds cabbage, 5 pounds dry pasta, tuna is up to you, depends on your recipe.
Dione
10/08/14
How many pounds of pasta salad would be needed for 60-75 people? Our menu also includes, chip/salsa, veggie tray and meatball sliders. Thanks!
elle
10/08/14
I do 6 pounds dry pasta plus add-ins for 100.
Esha
10/09/14
Hi,
I'm having a birthday party for my son. Around 50 guests (35 adults, 15 kids ;5 yr olds) i am having a big cake and cupcakes. I am making cupcakes for 1 per person. How many kilos should the main cake be that I need to order?
There is also other tea time food/snacks being served.

Thanks!
Esha

Angie
10/09/14
How much beef do I need to make 150 corn tortilla enchiladas, I rolling them?
ellen
10/09/14
Esha, a US sheet cake, which is the size of 4 regular cakes, makes 50-60 servings. If you are making cupcakes for 1 per person, about 30 servings, the amoungt for 2 regular 2 layer cakes, would be OK.
ellen
10/09/14
Hi, Angie

Some enchiladas are fatter than others, and you use more meat shredded than ground.1 pound raw per 10 is about right.

Diane
10/13/14
I am having a party for 90 adults I am having subs made each is 3 feet long. I am also having potato, macaroni salad and cole slaw and green salad with tomatoes and cucumbers. How much of each of the salads and should I buy. I am going by 2 pieces of sandwich per person. Thanks for any help you can give me
ellen
10/13/14
3 foot serves about 10-12. You can use the plan for 100 tables for your items, just reduce amounts 10%. So, about 3 gallons and a quart of potato, 5 pounds dry pasta for the pasta salad- very easy and cheap to make at home, recipes on this site- and 8 pounds greens plus add-is for the salad.

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Cherry
10/20/14
Hi Ellen, I have looked at your site and a few others. I am having an outdoor wedding/reception in june. We don't have a set time just yet, but the reception will begin anywhere from noon to 4pm and last until around 8. It is a complete DIY wedding. I have my bridesmaids and also my aunts to help me prepare. We are inviting roughly 175 people (around 40 of that is children ranging from 1yr-16yrs).

The menu so far (and est. amounts):
Ham, bone in (60 lbs)
Oven 'fried' chicken (100 lbs)
Potato Salad (5 gal)
Coleslaw (3.5 gal)
Caesar Salad (10 heads of romaine)
Pasta or macaroni salad (4-5 gal) *not sure which type yet, but i found a recipe for a mediterranean couscous salad*
rolls and cornbread (12 doz + 10 roundscut into wedges)
Corn (4 gal )
Green Beans (4 gal)

possibly some veggie and fruit trays

Dessert is going to be Homemade pound cake for the wedding cake, some pies and cookies.

Beverages: 12 gals each: lemonade, iced tea and punch
9 quarts coffee
water
MAYBE: 1-2 beer kegs and some sort of alcoholic alternative like sangria, rum punch, champagne punch, or maybe just wine.

Is my menu and amount estimates ok? And if not, any suggestions to tweak it?

Thank you so very very much!

Roberta
11/09/14
HOw much applesauce do I need to feed 300 people
I am putting it in qt jars and canning it for a fundraiser next summer
ellen
11/11/14
Cherry, I am sorry I missed your post. Your meat was OK, sides light, hope it went OK.
ellen
11/11/14
Roberta, 40 quarts would be plenty.
Shirley
11/12/14
Light Luncheon for 50 people
Wedding luncheon- bride wants ham, potatoes and pasta or green salad. How much food do we need?
ellen
11/13/14
Use the plan for 100 page and do 1/2 the amounts for 100. Everything is there. Or do 1/2 of any of the recipes for 100 on the site.
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