From formal to casual, or anything in between, these items are ideally suited for pleasing a wide range of palates. Cocktail receptions typically last 2-2 ½ hours, with 4-6 savory items including a dessert or cheese selection. Depending upon the choices that are made, menus range from $16-$27 per person.
Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
More substantial than cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres can suffice as a stand up dinner or for grazing over a few hours. The average cost ranges from $24-$36 per person for 6-8 hors d’oeuvres.
Boxed lunches to plated lunches for every occasion from the office to bridal showers; range in price from $12-$40 per person.
Better suited for the casual dinner; usually consist of a salad, a couple of entrees, a vegetable, a starch, and a dessert. The average cost ranges from $28-$60 per person.
More suited for formal seated events; a typical event would consist of two passed hors d’oeuvres, a starter, an entrée with sides, and a dessert. The average cost of a seated dinner ranges from $40-$70 per person.