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How Much Food Do I Need for My Party

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Have You Every Wondered How Much Food Do I Need for My Party?

How much food you I need for my party?  That’s a great question!  Have you ever seen that little line at the bottom of an invitation that reads R.S.V.P.?  The reason that people put that there is because the need to know how much food they need for their party, or party favors.  Can you imagine not having a head count for your party?  When you need to know how much food do I need for my party, then you need to know how many people are coming to your party first.  A ball park estimate will do and always plan for more, because many people pay no attention to the R.S.V.P. at the bottom of their invite.  If someone is serving holiday recipes they need to know how much to bake and that’s when the R.S.V.P. becomes so important.  So when you see that little note at the bottom of your party invitation be sure to pay attention and order your spot ahead of time, or you may just not get fed.

R.S.V.P. means répondez s’il vous plaît, meaning “reply please” or “please respond” and that’s because your hostess or host needs a head count so they can plan how much food they need for their party as well as get things like goodie bags in order if it’s a child’s party.  The best way to figure out the how much food you need for your party is to get a head count.  You need a ballpark estimate of how many heads will beat your party.  Adults and children preferably if possible.

How to figure out “How much food do I need for my party?”

Chex MixThe best answer to “how much food do I need for my party” is to estimate the number of people, adults and children and then do some simple multiplication.  For adults you want to figure about 22 ounces of food per person, that’s over a pound per person.

It may seem like a lot but people vary in appetite and some will eat more than others.  For children, estimate about 12-16 ounces of food per child.  Again, it seems like a lot but you don’t know how much each child will eat and some will eat more than others.

When serving something like Mexican food you can serve a large amount of people on a budget.  You don’t have to spend a fortune feeding people when you know how to prepare the right foods for your parties.

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