Food is often the highlight of a party – and you want it to be one of the highlights of yours. It doesn’t just need to taste great and look great… you need to have enough of it.
Figuring out how much food to serve for a buffet can seem daunting but it really just boils down to simple mathematics. Here are guides on the weights of your dishes to serve on a buffet.
How much food to serve in a buffet
|DISH||AMOUNT COOKED (PER PERSON)|
|Meat/fish (1 type)||180-200g|
|Meat/fish (2 types)||110g|
|Meat/fish (3 types)||80g|
|Heavy side (potatoes, creamy pastas)||140g|
|Medium side (rice, pasta, quinoa)||50g|
|Light Side (rocket, baby spinach)||30g|
|Vegetables as a side with 1 other side||115g|
|Beans as a side dish||50g|
|Bread rolls||Number of guests x 0.75|
|i.e. 100 guests = 75 bread rolls|
|Dessert||1 slice of pie/cake or 120g mousse/rice pudding|
|Mini desserts||3-4 per person|
|Cheese platter||30g per person|
Remember: a group of men will eat more and elderly folk will eat less, so adjust the quantities accordingly. Also take into consideration meats with bones and remember that slow-cooked meats reduce a lot during the cooking process.
For higher guest numbers you should provide a wider variety of foods. Follow these rules for the amount of variety of meats/fish and sides versus guests.
How many varieties of dishes to serve
|Number of guests||Variety of dishes|
|0-15 guests||1 main and 2 sides + bread|
|15-30 guests||2 mains and 3 sides + bread|
|30-65 guests||3 mains and 4 sides + bread|
|65+ guests||4 mains and 5 sides + bread|
Note: If you are serving many different items on the buffet, you will need less quantity of each item per guest.
Think about your guests and whether they tend to be big eaters or not. Don’t skimp on food. Sending your guest’s home hungry isn’t going to make them rush to your next shindig!
Don’t worry if you slightly over cater. It’s great to have leftovers in case people end up staying long after the celebrating ends and what’s better than not having to cook the day after your party?
If you would like information on how many beverages you should serve at your special occasion, check out our drinks calculator.