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Summertime Meals to Feed a Crowd

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Mostly commonly-served summer foods

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Whether you’re having a family reunion or a backyard gathering, it can be tricky to figure out how much food to feed a crowd.

You don’t want to run short, and yet you’d rather not blow your food budget on one meal. Here’s a look at the most commonly-served summer foods, and an estimate for what you’ll need to feed a large (and often ever-growing) group!

FOOD/DRINK TO SERVE
12
TO SERVE
20
TO SERVE
35
TO SERVE
50
TO SERVE
65
Cold Cuts 2 pounds 3–3/4 pounds 6 pounds 9 pounds 12 pounds
Sliced Cheese 1–1/8 pounds 2 pounds 3 pounds 4–3/4 pounds 6 pounds
Bread 2 loaves 3 loaves 5 loaves 7 loaves 9–3/4 loaves
Chips/Snacks 1 pound 2 pounds 3 pounds 4 pounds 6 pounds
Dip 2 cups 3–3/4 cups 6 cups 9 cups 12 cups
Hot Dogs 2 pounds 3 pounds 5 pounds 7 pounds 9 pounds
Rolls or Buns 1 dozen 2 dozen 3 dozen 5 dozen 6 dozen
Baked Ham 3 pounds 5 pounds 8–3/4 pounds 12 pounds 16 pounds
Salads
(potato salad and coleslaw, also baked beans; 3/4 cup per person)
2 quarts 3–3/4 quarts 1–3/4 gallons 2 gallons 3 gallons
Ice Cream 2 quarts 3–3/4 quarts 1–3/4 gallons 2 gallons 3 gallons
Cookies 2 dozen 3 dozen 5 dozen 8 dozen 11 dozen
Cold Drinks 6–3/4 quarts 3 gallons 5 gallons 7 gallons 9 gallons
Hot Drinks
- Ground Coffee
1/2 pound 3/4 pound 2 pounds 2 pounds 3 pounds
Hot Drinks
- Brewed Tea or Coffee
1 gallon 2 gallons 4 gallons 6 gallons 8 gallons

–courtesy University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service

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