Summer Party Planner

Created January 10, 2017
How much food do you need for an appetizer party? We'll show you how to plan your most successful summer get together! MORE+ LESS-


Enough to feed an army or just a group of friends? How much food do you need for an appetizer party? 

  • Plan on an average of 3 to 4 appetizers per person per hour of your party. (Of course, this depends on the ratio of men/women/teens.) 
  • For a general guide to purchasing food, use the chart below.

Summer Parties

Party Tips 

  • Do as much prep ahead of time as possible. 
  • Gather serving dishes a couple of days ahead, and look for fun ways to present the food. 
  • Use a pedestal cake plate for serving roll-ups, small bites or cheese balls.
  • Use marble or granite tiles purchased from a floor company for fun party platters, or create your own.
  • Use cocktail glasses to serve dips and sauces for appetizers.
  • Take some help from the grocery or specialty store. 
  • Purchase already cleaned and cut up vegetables for a vegetable platter. 
  • Look for a variety of canape bases packages of toasted crostini slices, crackers, pita chips or cocktail breads, and pair them with purchased toppings, such as eggplant spread, olive or roasted pepper tepenade. 
  • Offer a variety of hot and cold appetizers, with lots of variety of colors and textures. 
  • Serve food that is easy to eat, especially if guests will be standing or holding plates in their laps.