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Monday, May 27, 2013

Barbecue Party Calculator from Food Network

Are you having a last minute get-together? 

Here are a few simple tips from The Food Network to 
ensure you have the right amount of food! 

For the Food
  • Adults will consume 1 pound of food total; children, about 1/2 pound.
  • The more options you have, the less you need of each; decrease the main course portion sizes by 1 to 2 ounces if served on a buffet.
  • Guests will always eat and drink more at night than during the day.
For the Drinks
  • You can either create a few mixed drinks to be served punch-style, allotting 1 gallon for 10 guests, or provide a do-it-yourself array of alcohol and mixers (one 1-liter bottle of alcohol will make up to 22 mixed drinks). 
  • Allow for 1 bottle of wine per 8 guests.
  • Guests will consume 2 drinks in the first hour, and 1 drink every hour after that. 
  • Buy 2 pounds of ice per guest, and a large number of lemons and limes.
For Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers Only
  • Assume each guest will eat 4 to 6 bites per hour. 
  • For a cocktail hour preceding a larger meal, 6 bites per person total is a safe estimate. 
  • Planning a more intimate dinner party with plated appetizers? 10 ounces of leafy greens for an appetizer salad will feed 10.
For Main Courses
  • Each adult 6 to 8 ounces of meat or seafood total for their main course. 
  • Smaller grill staples like hot dogs, ribs, chicken legs and thighs each run 1 1/2 to 4 ounces each. 
  • For hamburgers, each store-bought patty is about 6 ounces. Consider making homemade smaller patties so guests can mix and match proteins.
For Condiments
  • For ketchup, one 20-ounce bottle.  
  • For mustard and relish, one 10-ounce bottle each. 
Side Dishes
  • For pasta salad, 1 cup per guest
  • Baked beans, about 1/2 cup
  • For a group of 10, plan on 7 cups of potato salad and 5 cups coleslaw to feed the crowd.
  • Individual desserts like cookies and watermelon slices, assume guests will eat about 2 each. 
  • For larger cakelike options, each guest will most likely eat 4 ounces. 
  • Pre-slice your cakes or serve messier desserts or ice cream (also 4 ounces per guest) in cups.

Read more at Food Network and Happy Memorial Day

1 comment:

  1. Carrie--this is really useful info. Thanks for sharing it with me!


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