Stressing on purchasing enough food for your party while aimlessly wandering the grocery aisles just hours away from the big event? We've all been there! 😂 Fear not, I've put together this amazing guide to make you stop the guessing game and start becoming the natural hostess you are destined to be! Need help deciding what to serve? Check out my flavor profile guide and my Trader Joe's must-have shopping list to make it easy!
Grazing Board Guest + Portions Breakdown
2 cheeses (1 soft, 1 hard)
1 meat + 1 spread + 1 veggie or fruit
3 different cheeses (1 soft, 1 semi-soft, 1 hard)
2 different meats + 1 spread + 2 veggies or fruits
4 different cheeses (1 soft, 1 semi-soft, 1 semi-hard, 1 hard)
3 different meats + 2 different spreads + 3 veggies or fruits
5 different cheeses (1 soft, 2 semi-soft, 1 semi-hard, 1 hard) 3 different meats + 2 different spreads (one sweet + one savory) + 3 veggies or fruits, + 1 mixed nuts
6 different cheeses (1 soft, 2 semi- soft, 2 semi-hard, 1 hard) 3 different meats + 3 different spreads (one sweet + one savory) + 3 veggies or fruits, + 1 mixed nuts + 1 hors d'oeuvres
Think your going to have a larger party than 25?
Based on my personal experience & research, you can assume the average person will graze across three different appetizer items in a given hour. Don't want to do that math or figure out what an ounce means? Here is a general guide to estimated quantities per person.
What is an ounce? Typically, 2 ounces = a "handful" and 3 ounces = a "palm"
Crackers/bread/baguette: 3 crackers/slices per item per guest per hour
Fruits and veggies: 2-3 ounces per person
Cheeses: 3 ounces per person
Chocolate: 2 ounces per person
Dips: 2 ounces per person
Filler foods (i.e. nuts, pretzels, dried fruits, olives, etc.): 3/4 cups per person