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spaghetti and meatballs
We are making food for our wedding. We have everything we need except sauce for meatballs and the pasta.
We have 120 people including people who didn't rsvp.
8 lbs pasta
24-36 lbs meatballs
Not sure how much sauce for both. We are serving them separately
I hope this not the only entree. I allow 3 quarts sauce for each 10 pounds meatballs, and 3-4 cups for every pound dry pasta- less for this sauces, more for thick.
natasha horton
spaghetti and meat sauce
I'm getting married in august and I'd like to have a pasta bar with ground beef sauce,sasuage sauce, and white sauce with chicken and broccoli I also like a tossed salad and Italian bread this will be for between 100 and 125 people how much meat and food do you think I'll need to feed this amount of people
Natasha, baked pasta dishes are MUCH simpler to serve than loose pasta. You also need a meatless sauce choice for you non-meat eating guests. Please read the spaghetti page, including the dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the page, then write back. You would do 2 1/2 times the amounts for buffet service.

You also need an appetizer plan, and here is why:
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 works best for each 100 guests.

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