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It's that time of the year! Post-Thanksgiving and Pre-New Years and holiday parties are the place to be! Our server and bartending staff had a great time passing hors d'oeuvres and pouring libations to keep the good cheer going at a recent New York City cocktail reception.
When planning for these events, a host may wonder how much food and beverage is the right amount to serve. Below are a few of our quick tips:
Outside of typical meal hours
5-6 types of hors d'oeuvres; Plan on each guest eating 1 or 2 of each.
During typical meal hours
8-10 types of hors d'oeuvres; Plan on each guest eating 2 or 3 of each.
• Each guest will drink an average of 2 drinks the first hour; and 1 each hour thereafter.
• A one-liter bottle of alcohol yields approximately 22 mixed drinks.
• To accommodate any non-cocktail drinkers, estimate one bottle of wine per 8 guests.
• One 750-ml bottle of Champagne fills six regular Champagne glasses. The amounts listed in the chart below account for how much Champagne guests will drink from the bar. If you plan to have a Champagne toast, you will need to purchase additional bottles—you only need to pour about a third of a glass for a toast, so plan on 1 bottle for every 10 guests.
• Garnishes: Plan on a 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime and two each of olives, cherries, and onions per guest. This means that if you have 24 guests, you'll need at least 12 lemons and 12 limes plus 48 each of olives, cherries, and onions.
• Plan on one and a half pounds of ice per person. This will provide enough ice for drinks as well as any ice baths for wine or beer.