Annelise SQuestion Asked: 9/09/2016 Wedding Date: 24/06/2017 Wedding Location: Perth, WA 6000
Victoria(2) Posted: 11/09/2016
Good question, the answer depends on what sort of catering (overall) that you're planning, and what time the food will be served. If the canapes are the only food you're planning on serving, then you'll need to serve more. Again, this depends on the time of service; if you're serving at say, 3pm then you don't need to serve a 'full meal' as guests will assume they will need to have a meal later on. In this case, you can serve only perhaps 3 -5 portions per guest.
If you're serving at say, 7pm, then guests are going to treat it as a meal, and you're going to have to serve more; 8 - 10 portions per guest. If you're serving at 7pm but planning to also serve a meal, then you only need 2 - 3 portions per guest. Hope this helps!
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We would suggest 3 to 4 varieties if you are going into a 3 course meal or a buffet as it is not an entree.
You do not want to spoilt the guests appetite.
Sunshine Coast & Hinterland, North Brisbane
A selection of about 7-8 canapés, to keep your guests satisfied, as a limited selection can get repetitious, even though a main course may follow.
Keep the time between canapés & the main course to 1-1.5 hours, as guests tend to arrive without eating beforehand.
Warm Regards, Kelsey from The Spit Roast Company 07 5477-1650
If the canapes are to be served during pre-dinner drinks on arrival, prior to guests sitting down for three course meal, we suggest approximately 3 or 4 canapes for a half hour period or 6 to 8 canapes for a one hour duration. You'd want to mix these up with a selection of hot and cold items as well as a variety of ingredients including seafood, beef, vegetarian, chicken and vegetarian for example.
Cairns and Port Douglas. Tully to Cooktown and The Atherton Tablelands
We would suggest that 4 canapés as an appetiser is plenty if you are having a three course meal to follow. If you are only having a two course meal to follow you may consider 5 or 6 canapés.
If you are having a reception that is cocktail food only then we would suggest that you have 10 items, we serve approximately 1 1/2 pieces of each canapé per guest so on average each guest gets 15 pieces of food.
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