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The following outline is designed to help you with making menu selections for your upcoming catered event. The recommended guidelines can be adjusted to suit your individual needs. All of our menu items can be mixed and matched to suit your tastes and the season.

A general rule for appetizer parties would be 5 to 8 menu items. If you are planning a buffet or sit down meal, then 3 to 4 guests per pound for entrees and 4 to 5 guests per pound for side items is the normal amount that we would suggest.

Appetizer Party

  • 3 passed appetizers
  • 2 or 3 appetizer tables
  • Pick-up desserts


  • 3 passed appetizers
  • 1 appetizer table
  • 1 salad to serve on the buffet or at place settings
  • Buffet dinner (choose 1 or 2 entrée items)
  • Dessert or wedding cake

Served Dinner

  • 3 passed appetizers
  • 1 appetizer table
  • 1 served salad
  • 1 dinner entrée
  • Dessert or wedding cake

Example of Checklist

Two Months Before Party:

  • Order flower arrangements
  • Decide on menu
  • Order invitations
  • Confirm hall reservation
  • __________________

One Month Before Party:

  • Mail out invitations
  • Decide on table settings/linens
  •  __________________

Two Weeks Before Party:

  • Finalize guest list
  • Update seating arrangement
  • Confirm floral arrangements
  • Confirm entertainment
  • __________________

We can make all of the arrangements for the bar and rentals for your party. Items such as top-shelf liquor, special order beer and wine, tents, tables, chairs and specialty linens can be quoted on an as needed basis.

Our catered parties have a wide range of prices per person. We like to prepare an individual quote based on your requirements.

Again, thank you for considering The Palate Pleasers. We look forward to working with you and welcome any inquiries that you may have.

Call us at 410-263-6941 to set up a personal consultation to discuss your special event. We look forward to working with you.