The holidays are rapidly approaching and we have some ideas to make entertaining less stressful and more fun.
One of the most difficult questions to answer is how much food and wine will I need for my party? Here are some guidelines to help you plan.
Hors d’oeuvres before dinner – plan on 6 -8 pieces per person. Make 2 -3 of each item and also serve easy to prepare items such as nuts, olives and assorted cheeses.
Figure 8 – 10 pieces per person per hour if hors d’oeuvres are the dinner.
Food Quantities for a buffet or sit down meal
Poultry, meat or fish 6 – 8 ounces per person
Pasta – 1 pound for 8 -10 people
Vegetables – 3 ounces per person
Salads – one handful per person
Wine – Figure on 1/2 bottle of wine per person and make sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages on hand.
Keep in mind that it is much better to have too much food and wine than it is to run out mid party.
Try to create a new tradition this year. How about taking the family wine tasting? Winter is a great time to learn more about wine, and wineries are usually less crowded. Many states now have wine making regions of their own to visit if you do not live near the Napa Valley,