The number and type of appetizers you serve all depend on the event you are hosting. Since you'll serve a full course meal at a dinner party, you can prepare fewer appetizers. For a cocktail party, appetizers will be the focus, so be sure you have plenty to go around!
|Type of Event||Number of Appetizers|
|Cocktail Party:||12 pieces per person|
|Dinner Party:||4 to 5 pieces per person for an early meal |
6 per person for a later meal
|Variety:||8 different appetizers if 50 people |
4 to 5 different appetizers for 20 people
3 different appetizers for small gatherings