How much to make?
Several months ago, I volunteered to make some appetizers for a surprise party. Originally, the guest list was going to be about 20 or so people. Now, thanks to E-vite, there are nearly 60 people coming. It will be in the early evening and I am still doing finger foods. I already have a menu, my question is; How many pieces should I plan on making of each dish?
revsharkie's on the right track... you need to consider how many different appy pieces there will be, and if dinner follows, and what's being served at dinner. Usually, you need to think about at least 1 pc plus a little extra of each app pp. If there will 4 or 5 apps, followed by dinner, that probably works. If people are bringing stuff, and there will be 10 or 15 items, then you could probably do less. etc etc
Here's a useful blurb from a recent party planning article in the Toronto Star:
"How much? For a cocktail party, provide five hors d'oeuvres per person per hour. If you're just whetting guests' appetites before dinner, serve two to five pieces per person."
I asked my mom, who asked my dad, who used to have a restaurant and did some catering. If the appetizer's hearty, and there will be a meal following, about five per person seems about right. You can probably make adjustments from there based on what you're serving and whether there will be a meal. But if in doubt, I'd recommend that you err on the side of making more than you think you'll need.