Pro tips on hosting from George Duran, chef, TV host and winner of the 2016 Good Morning America Super Bowl snack showdown. 

By Chef George Duran
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Appetizers

Always offer a minimum of two kinds of appetizers.

  • 6 pieces per person if you’re also serving a “main course” like chili or pizza
  • 12 pieces per person if the whole party is apps 

Meat

1/2 lb per person. We’re talking about the total of all the meat you’re offering, whether that’s charcuterie, deli meat or ground meat in cooked dishes.

Pizza

2 to 3 slices per person

Cheese

4 oz per person

Chips

1 family-size bag per 3 people

Salsa & Dips

4 oz per person. It’s good to have spicy and mild options. 

Alcohol

Per person:

  • 4 beers
  • 1/2 bottle of wine
  • 1/4 bottle of liquor

Ice

2 lbs per person

Sweets

2 to 4 pieces per person. If you’re serving more than one kind of dessert, cut each into bite-size pieces so people can sample.

Pretzel trick

Easiest-yet-smartest party trick ever: Make a platter of all different shapes of pretzels—rods, twists, nuggets, you name it—and serve with as many different kinds of mustard as you can manage.

Bulk up 

If you’re buying for a large crowd but don’t live near a warehouse store, try boxed.com. You can get bulk versions of chips, salsa, candy, condiments and more delivered.

Napkins

For thinner napkins, 3 per person. ∧ For the thicker kind, 2 should suffice. ∧ Add several extra as a buffer. 

Paper towels 

1 roll per 6 people. Don’t waste napkins on big spills. 

Toilet paper

1 roll per 4 people. Leave backup rolls in view (and within grabbing distance!) in your bathroom so guests don’t have to search. 

Paper plates

  • 2 regular-size paper plates per person
  • 2 smaller paper plates per person for desserts 

Plastic utensils

2 of each utensil per person ensures there’s a supply of backups in case anyone loses a fork.

Stain remover pens

2—some shirts and laps will thank you!

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