Hi Ladies! I’m not a cake person so we are having a donut display at our wedding, along with bowls of wrapped candy for the kids. If I were to have about 70-75 guests attend my wedding, how many donuts should I order? I was thinking somewhere around 9 dozen, to have 108 donuts? I don’t know how many people will eat donuts, and I don’t want to have too many left over! How many would you order for a guest count of this number? Thanks!
I feel like people would eat one if they are full size donuts. 9 dozen would be 1.5 donuts per person (obviously people won’t eat half a donut but it’s basically saying half of your guest will eat 2) that leaves the risk of having about 2 dozen left over, which really isn’t a bad thing. You can either have guest take some home or have them for breakfast the next day!
We did 12 dozen for our wedding and had about 65 people come - there were leftovers, but we wanted to make sure we had enough for people to try a couple kinds (we had 6 flavors). We also did pies though, so we may not have had as many leftover if we hadn't.
Just as with cake, theres no way to guess who will eat a donut or not. So, left overs are usually inevitable. If you don’t want leftovers, I’d do 7-8 dozen because I feel like guests will only take one each like with a slice of cake. Having “seconds” of dessert isn’t totally necessary to ensure. But since kids will be attending, you probably won’t have any left anyway since they’ll probably grab a donut too.
Also will these just be openly displayed for all guests to walk up and grab? Like a donut wall?
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I’m going to speak with my caterer on how to handle the situation best, but I figured they would be set up and kept covered until that time, and then I’d have prongs for people. Perhaps even provide masks when people are going to and from tables with food.
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Yes, your caterer will know best how they’re handling buffet style displays at events in your area. But given the pandemic, I’d personally have the donuts individually served on plates by catering staff. That seems most hygienic and also gives you a better grasp on the amount to order. You can add a cute topper like the pic so that it’s not a lone donut on a plate. Or even have them individually boxed.
Hi! I’m actually doing the same for 75 guests. I am ordering about 100 donuts and corresponding donut holes. I’m in love with the donut shop, so I know that these donuts even a day old are still delicious. But I also know a handful of my guests will eat 2-3 alone haha. If you would prefer each person solely take one donut, I would find individual boxes for them. Almost like favors!