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How Many Appetizers Per Person?

Planning parties can be stressful. There are tons of details to look after to make sure your guests have an awesome time. Making sure you have enough food to serve your guests doesn’t need to be confusing.

How many appetizers per person? Here’s my general rule of thumb:

4 to 6 appetizer pieces per person per hour if there’s no dinner

2 to 3 appetizer pieces per person per hour if there’s dinner to follow

Be sure to include vegetarian options.

Cucumbers with soft cheese and sun dried tomatoes

If you’re looking for a more detailed guide, I find this chart from The Nibble to be especially helpful.

Unexpected guests?  Try any of these last-minute snack ideas that are quick and easy to put out:

  • Roasted Nuts
  • Marinated Olives
  • Cheese Plate
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Veggies and Dip
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Popcorn
  • Holiday Sweets

Here are links to some of my favourite party appetizers: