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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
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.
2 to 3 slices per person
4 oz per person
1 family-size bag per 3 people
Salsa & Dips
4 oz per person. It’s good to have spicy and mild options.
- 4 beers
- 1/2 bottle of wine
- 1/4 bottle of liquor
2 lbs per person
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.
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.
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.
For thinner napkins, 3 per person. ∧ For the thicker kind, 2 should suffice. ∧ Add several extra as a buffer.
1 roll per 6 people. Don’t waste napkins on big spills.
1 roll per 4 people. Leave backup rolls in view (and within grabbing distance!) in your bathroom so guests don’t have to search.
- 2 regular-size paper plates per person
- 2 smaller paper plates per person for desserts
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!