Our Guide to Knowing Exactly How Much to Serve at a Party

Many people feel food preparation is the most daunting part of hosting.

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.

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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 food purchases, as will considerations about the type of guests you’ll serve. Are they a wine-loving crowd? Is it mostly vegans? You get the point.

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

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