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wedding reception-outside event 6:00 PM meal
Connie Savage
Hi, I am planning a outdoor wedding and reception feeding aproximately 150 people. I plan on meatballs and baked chicken. We will have potatoe salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, vegtable tray and some other odds and ends salad that family offered to bring. My biggest concern is the meat. How much chicken (bone in) and meatballs should I plan?
Thank you
For 150 people, I would do 1 pound meatballs per 4 plus 1 piece of chicken per person. The roast chicken will stay moister if it is brined before cooking and if you bake in quarters and then cut into pieces. Do consider adding an appetizer arrangement and here is whY:

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 is needed for each 100 guests.

Fruit and cheese would be very nice with this menu.

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