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Ellen- you helped me 3 years ago & here I go again- need help, I have 150-175 guests - here is what I'm thinking, please advise...

150-175 pieces chicken deli
20 lbs meatballs
2- 10 lb hams
20 lbs cheesy potatoes
3 lbs pasta salad
8 dozen rolls
15 lbs veg tray
4-5 lbs strawberries
2 pineapples
3lbs grapes
Veg dip
7lb cheese
8 lb dip

Congrats on your efforts!

Meats good.

20 lbs cheesy potatoes- looks short. Usual to make at least 1 pound per 4 and for many crowds, 1 pound per 3 is necessary, esp. teens or college age
3 lbs pasta salad, ???, for 175 people, I would start with at least 9 pounds dry pasta
8 dozen rolls, depends on size, but at least 1 1/2 per person
15 lbs veg tray, maybe add a couple extra pounds mixed cherry tomatoes and baby carrots? Dip, 1 pint per 15 people

This looks like about 1/2 what I would do for fruit, what do you think?
4-5 lbs strawberries
1 watermelon
2 pineapples
3lbs grapes

7lb cheese, for this many people, double it
Crackers? about 9 pounds
8 lb dip ? For chips or what? Usual, 1 pound chips per 12-15 and 1 pint dip per pound

Would appreciate your continued support. Thanks.

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