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Advice Needed for Cocktail Party

PeterQ | | May 9, 2010 06:24 AM

I am helping to plan a cocktail party for approx 35 people. I am not used to entertaining this size of a crowd, so I had a few questions.

This party is at 7 pm on a Saturday night, it is assumed that the guests will be making a dinner out of the hors du ouvers and they will probably stay for 3 hours. The guests are not vegetarians, and tend to like simple foods.

How many different items should there be ? I was thinking 7 or 8 different things. With 2 or 3 being hot, the remainder being room temp or cold items.

How many servings per person of each of the various items?

Assuming that the bevarages consist of beer, wine, non-alchohol stuff, and a signature cocktail that would be prepared ahead of time, what quantity of the signature cocktail would be needed?

Here are the things that are in consideration for being served. These are just ideas at this point and we would narrow it down to a subset.

Shrimp Cocktail
Pulled Pork Sliders
Beef tenderloin
Smoked Salmon
Dip of some sort
Crab Streudel
Antipasto Platter
Stuffed Mushrooms
Canapes (toppings undecided)
Whole side of cooked salmon
Cheese/fruit platter
Puff pastry with sausage
Grilled asparagus w/prosciutto
lobster or crab salad
roast beef on a ciabatta with some greens and fancy mayo...

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