Holiday Party Catering 101 from Tatjana

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Holiday Party Catering 101 from Tatjana

October 29th, 2015 by Meghan



Planning a holiday party, or any type of gathering can be a daunting endeavor. There are so many things to think about with many moving parts, from who to invite and the invitations, to what to eat and drink…and whether to make it yourself or have it catered.  Tatjana has put pen to paper and wrote down her tips to help you with the meal planning portion of the event to make it a bit easier.

How many appetizers should be provided per person?
The number of appetizers you need often depends on how long the cocktail “hour” is, the time of day, and if a meal will also be served following the cocktail hour. 

For a two hour party plan for:
10-12 pieces per person before dinner
15-20 pieces per person if the appetizers replace dinner (e.g., if the party starts at 7:00 pm)

When appetizers are served before a meal, plan for:
5-7 pieces when served before a light meal
3-4 pieces when served before a full dinner meal

How many varieties should be served for an hors d’oeuvre only party?
25 guests:- 4-5 different kinds of appetizers
25-50 guests: 7-9 different kinds of appetizers
50+ guests:  9+ different kinds of appetizers

++NOTE: If appetizers take the place of dinner, also include several bites of sweets per person++

COCKTAIL PARTY MENU FOR 35 GUESTS | $16/pp   $560.00 

THE MATH: 25 x 15 pieces = 375 pieces / 5 kinds = 75 pieces of each kind (round up to 80)

Grilled Teriyaki Steak Skewers  $120.00
Prosciutto Mozzarella Cakes  $120.00
Pistachio Encrusted Chicken Skewers with Cranberry Sauce  $120.00
Pulled Pork Quesadillas $120.00
Churros with Caramelo and Chocolate Sauce $80.00

COCKTAIL PARTY  MENU FOR 60 GUESTS | $17/pp   $1040.00 

THE MATH: 50 x 15 pieces = 750 pieces / 9 kinds = 80 pieces of each kind

Chicken Mini Chimis  $120.00
Tenderloin Crostini with Horseradish Sauce  $160.00
Mojo de Ajo Shrimp  $160.00
Grilled Teriyaki Steak Skewers $120.00
Veggie Empanadas $120.00
Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms $120.00
Pulled Pork Quesadilla $120.00
Cheesecake Chimichangas with Caramelo Sauce $120.00


Coyote Grille Catering, can help with  the food, of course, and  with all aspects of your party as well… including decorations, serving staff, dishware, set up and clean up!!  We would love to help you plan your next party.  Give us a call at 703-591-0006 or contact Tatjana at

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