Appetizer Buffet
amounts for cheese and meat platters

Perfect for an Afternoon Wedding Reception 
or Open House for any occasion.

One of the most frequently asked questions is, 
"How much cold meat, cheese or fruit do I need
to purchase to feed the quests at my afternoon wedding reception?"

Hmmm, my relatives would eat ALL the carrot sticks and fruit and the DAISIES, but not
the shrimp  or ham ~ the chart below will help me make an educated guess.


Hopefully the information below will help you figure out YOUR answer!

The guide line below is a planning aide.
Variables to consider are the age of the crowd and time of day (will it overlap a meal time).
Increase or decrease the amount slightly as you feel necessary.

Amounts needed to feed approx. 50 people

Food: Amount if only serving this ONE item: Suggested amount if serving all or most of these items:
cheese ~ cheddar, jack, Swiss, etc. 5 lb. assorted cheeses, thinly sliced, plus bread/crackers/pickles 1 1/2 - 2  lb. assorted, thinly sliced or cubed cheese
meats ~ cold cuts, ham, beef, turkey etc. 10 lb. assorted meats shaved or sliced, plus bread/crackers/pickles 3-4 lb. thinly sliced meats
veggies and dip (this is the most inexpensive item and the easiest to have extra on hand) 5 lb. prepared assorted veggies; 6 c. dip 3-4 lb. prepared veggie sticks, 4 c. dip
fruit chunks - melons 10 lb. melon balls or cubes 3-5 lb. melon balls or cubes or some strawberries (allow 50 % waste when purchasing melons unpeeled weight)
Shrimp 3 - 5 lb. and cocktail sauce (the count on a pkg. of shrimp will tell you how many are in 1 lb., i.e. 21-30 (large) or 175-200 - tiny) 1- 1/12 lb.
bread, crackers, buns etc. 3 small bread or crackers, or 1 1/2 buns per person 1 1/2 - 3 small bread or crackers per person.
pickles, olives etc. 3 lbs. 1 1/2 lbs.
chips, dip dips 1 1/2 qt.
5 lb. chips
2-3 lbs. and 4 c. dip
Appetizer Tips Platter Photos Open House for 100 (this event extended over dinner time)

Thinly sliced veggies go a long way.

Easy sandwiches  or appetizers will fill them up!

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