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wedding for 175 people estimating
I am planning my wedding and trying to figure out how much food I need to get here are some of the items we are thinking about having:
pork loin bbq sandwiches
fried chicken
pasta salad
baked beans
potato salad
Mexican rice / beans
veggie trays
fruit trays
fruit punch
also having cake and a candy table

Do you have any suggestions on what else would be easy to make that would be good with this selection we have listed or will this be enough options for people?

Hi, Michelle, glad you are planning ahead. This is a pretty good menu, I have a few suggestions. Serving people after a wedding, you can make it easier by having an appetizer area set up when they come in, so that they have some food while they wait for pictures, the meal to set up, etc.

chips- 1 pound per 12
dip- 1/3 cup per person if just one kind, 1/4 cup each for 2 or more
veggie trays- use the veggie tray page. Consider doing 2 classic relish trays and finger veggies for 75.
With a bbq type menu, a corn and black bean salsa, about 3 gallons, would be pretty and appropriate.
fruit trays- 1 1/2 times the deluxe tray for 100 would be plenty

pork loin bbq sandwiches- 1 pound raw boneless per 4, 1/4 cup table sauce per person
fried chicken- 1 piece per person

pasta salad- 9 pounds dry pasta
baked beans-5 gallons. There are MANY more interesting beans. Make sure at least 1 pot is meatless (label it) for the folks who don't eat meat/pork.
potato salad- 7 gallons
Mexican rice / beans- mixed? refried,?
All 4 of these are heavy, starchy side dishes. I would skip one and have a hot or cold vegetable, about 40 pounds, and/or possibly a salad, see the plan for 100 table

tea-18 gallons, 1/3 unsweetened
lemonade- 10 gallons, serve with appetizers
fruit punch- not necessary with lemonade

also having cake, consider doing a smaller cake and a separate grooms cake (full sheet or 2 layer half sheet serves 60). Less expensive and you can have chocolate.

candy table- expensive, 4-6 ounces per person. Consider doing a plate of sweets and truffles in the center of each table, 2 pieces per person.

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