Party planning is partly art, partly science. But just follow these simple guidelines to plan how much food you need for your event. If you’re entertaining during meal hours, ensure you have enough food for your hungry guests. But don’t forget the importance of having food at any time that alcohol is being served.
Some easy suggestions for hors d’oeuvres include tomato bruschetta, chicken skewers, or corn chips with dips or cheese plates. Also, younger men tend to eat more than women and seniors, so if your guest list includes a football team, add a few extra items to your menu!
It’s a question we’re often asked – “How much alcohol should I purchase for my party?” Consider that on average each guest might enjoy two drinks in the first hour and one each hour thereafter. Quantities will depend on the length of the party, the strength of the beverage, the day of the week and the size of your party. But a few simple guidelines will help you decide how much to purchase.
Choosing the right quantities for your party is not an exact science and depends on the kind of event you’re throwing, and knowing what your guests are likely to prefer. The quantities below are the suggested basics for a 3-hour cocktail party for 15 people and for 40 people, with each person, on average, having about four drinks during the party. The clever host strikes a balance between generosity and being mindful of sensible volumes. You may be more comfortable over catering, rather than running out of beverages – remember, you don’t have to open everything you buy! As always, Dan Murphy’s promotes the responsible service of alcohol. (If you’d like more information on safe alcohol consumption visit www.alcohol.gov.au.)
12 glasses of either Champagne Flute, Wine Glass, or Party Tumblers.
This medium sweet Rosé is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
A convenient solution for a party. No mess, no fuss, just pour.
A European style Lager that perfectly complements fine foods.
Dan Murphy's supports the Responsible Service of Alcohol. New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.Victoria: WARNING: Victoria Liquor Control Reform Act 1998: It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Penalty exceeds $7,000), for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Penalty exceeds $600). WARNING. Under the Liquor Control Act 1988, it is an offence: to sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licensed or regulated premises; or for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase, or attempt to purchase, liquor on licensed or regulated premises.South Australia: Liquor Licensing Act 1997, Section 113. Liquor must NOT be supplied to persons under 18. Queensland: Under the Liquor Act 1992, it is an offence to supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years. For more specific legislation in your state or territory visit our Liquor Licensing Acts page. ABN 88 000 014 675.