Planning your party cocktail food

Whenever I am doing a cocktail party with hors d'œuvres, I use a general matrix to determine how many I will need to make. I always assume the party will last 3 hours, and guests generally eat more in the first hour than they do in the remaining hours to follow so it is best to make sure you have half of them done when you begin. Say you are expecting a dozen people, this works good for a little less or a little more and you can easily double or 1.5 these portions to suit your needs.

Wine or Champagne - 8 bottles
& Beer - 36 bottles
One liquor - 3 bottles
Glasses - 36 glasses
Napkins - 60
Hors d'œuvres - 150

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