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ellen, I am columbine for my daughters wedding and I need to know how much food to cook . we are ham, meatballs,baked ziti, scalloped potatoes, corn and green beans for 300.
You need 4-5 people in the kitchen, at least 18 people to set up, serve, and clean up a party this size. None members of the wedding, see the wedding dinner article. You need 3 double sided tables or at least 5 lines, to serve 300 people in less than an hour.

You also need an appetizer table, or in you case, 3.

Before the Buffet; Why You May Need an Appetizer Table
A self-catered buffet is a real challenge to the organizers, and things don't always come together as smoothly as hoped. By planning and setting up an appetizer area or "nibble table" which is ready when the guests begin to arrive, the cooks and servers have time to complete the arrangement of the dinner buffet. This is especially critical if there are children among the guests, or there is a wait before dinner, as at a wedding reception.

This does not have to be complicated. Three items, plus a punch, or two if one is alcoholic, are sufficient. Typically, include a fruit tray, a cheese tray and an attractive dip or spread; or you can go with a dinner theme such as TexMex with chips, salsas, Texas caviar and guacamole; Italian with bruschetta or antipasto; maybe shrimps or other cold seafood, if budget permits.

One appetizer service area One serving area is needed for each 100 guests.

ham, 1 pound per 3
meatballs, 1 pound per 5-6

baked ziti, 25 pounds dry pasta
scalloped potatoes, 100 pounds potatoes

corn, 65 pounds
green beans, 65 pounds or 5 times ellen's better green bean casserole

Need rolls and butter, 35 pounds bread and 8 pounds butter

Need salad, 3 times the amount for 100, see the plan for 100 list

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