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Planning a reception for 225 people; how much do I need
Chicken breast
Rice pilaf
Green beans
Green salad
Macaroni and cheese


Red pasta with Italian and Polish sausage
Chicken Alfredo
Fruit salad
Bread sticks

How much do I need for these items for 225 people?
Paula, Denise, are you planning to serve all these foods at the same meal? It looks like two different meals. Also, is it a wedding reception? If so, yo 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 is needed for each 100 guests.

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