Our guide to knowing exactly how much to serve at a party

Oct 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ET
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Many women feel that food preparation is the most daunting part of hostessing.

Of course, all that chopping and baking is challenging enough, but the nagging concern is usually whether or not there will be enough food for all the guests. It's a legitimate concern — a party is a bust without food.

Before you put pen to grocery-list paper, though, think critically about the type of party you want to host. Is it a formal affair? Will you serve appetizers only? Questions like these will help inform your about your food purchases, as will considerations about the type of guests you'll serve. Are they a wine-loving crowd? Is it mostly women? You get the point.

Most importantly, remember to consult this DIY catering guide, and always round up.

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This post was sponsored by Marie Callender's Desserts.

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