How much to make? The following information can help guide you in how much to make.
Potato dish: plan 6 oz per person
Vegetable dish: plan 4 oz per person
Plan 1 ½ rolls per person
Anticipate needing ½ cup salad per person
Make ahead of time! And be sure to use different cooking methods like the oven, instant pot and slow cooker to help out.
Keeping Sides Hot: Here are a few ideas you can use to help keep your food hot:
A cooler: Not just for keeping food cold. Its insulation will also help retain heat. Cover the pots and pans with a lid or foil and stack them inside. (Be sure that they don’t smoosh the food underneath)
Use the grill. A gas grill, with a thermometer, will work to keep foods warm. Keep the internal temp around 200°F.
Make as many desserts ahead of time as possible. Most desserts store well and still taste delicious the next day.
Plan for people to have 2 desserts. A few guests won’t want to have dessert while others will only want 1 or 2 servings. Some, with a sweet tooth, will desire more. Planning 2 desserts per person will ensure everyone gets their fill.
Have a separate serving area for desserts. Place small saucers, utensils and napkins next to the dessert display.
Using tiered trays is a beautiful way to present desserts as well as save space.
Adding a label to each dessert gives a nice finish to the display. You can even include important allergy information on the labels.
Leftover desserts can be boxed up and sent home with guests. many desserts can also be stored on the counter or freezer to be enjoyed at a later date. See the individual recipes for storage information.