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How to Plan the Perfect Party

How to Plan the Perfect Party Planning a party can be really stressful, and one of the factors that can make you the most nervous is whether or not you’ll have plenty of food for everyone.


Did you know that guests usually eat and drink more at night than during the day? And in general, adults typically consume about 1 pound of food, and kids eat about half a pound. Remember that the more options you have, the less of each item you need.

While you might luck out and have the perfect amount of everything even if you guess at it, be certain you’re covered by keeping these tips in mind for each course.


  • Cocktails – If you’re serving cocktails, there are a few options. You can serve mixed drinks punch-style by allotting 1 gallon for 10 guests. You can also provide a do-it-yourself array of alcohol and mixers (one 1-liter bottle of alcohol will make up to 22 mixed drinks). For wine, plan on one bottle per 8 guests. Don’t forget ice and garnishes. Buy 2 pounds of ice per guest and lots of lemons and limes.
  • Appetizers — For a cocktail party, assume each guest will eat 4 to 6 bites per hour. Have more variety than you think you need so there are plenty of small bites to try. If you’re serving cocktails before a full meal, 6 bites per person is usually about right. Try Deano’s Carolina Oyster Shooters or Marinated Mushrooms
  • Main dishes — For meals with meat as the main course, plan to serve each adult 6-8 ounces of meat or seafood. Grill staples like hot dogs, ribs and chicken legs are smaller and can allow for guests to sample more. If you’re serving hamburgers, each store-bought patty is about 6 ounces, but you can make homemade patties smaller so guests have room for something else too. If you’re marinating your meats in Moore’s, be sure you have at least one full bottle. Try Moore’s Oriental Barbecued Drumsticks, Teriyaki Onion Burgers or Pork Tamales
  • Side Dishes – No meal is complete without lots of fun side dishes, but there’s no need to go overboard on how much you make of each. For lighter dishes, like salads, about 1 cup is usually plenty to plan on per person, while heavier dishes, such as baked beans, only require about half that. Try Watermelon and Tomato Salad or Moore’s Baked Beans
  • Desserts – The best options will depend somewhat on the season and type of party. For a summer barbecue, fruits like melon and berries, are perfect served alongside a variety of small cookies or other individual desserts people can choose from. A fancy cake may be more appropriate other times of the year, so plan for each guest to eat about 4 ounces. Try Moore’s Icing Glaze