Everyone remembers painting by numbers from way back when, right? An article in Rachel Ray's Everyday highlights some of the important numbers for hosting a party. Here are some of Rachel's digits, and some from my own experience...
0 - The amount you need to spend on favors.
5.30 ($) - The average cost of a custom imprinted invitation. (Yikes!)
6-8 - The number of appetizers needed per person, per hour for an afternoon or later evening party.
6-8 - The number of gallons of iced beverages needed to serve 100 guests.
8 (#) - Amount of tortilla chips needed to serve 100 guests.
10 - The number of appetizers needed per person, per hour for a lunch time party.
12 (PM) - The time at which brunch becomes lunch.
14 - The number of appetizers needed per person, per hour for a dinner time party (without an entree).
20 - The number of minutes that should pass between the end of dinner and when dessert is served.
30 (%) - The amount of invitees that will RSVP.
50 (°) - The minimum temperature for outdoor entertaining...unless you're hosting a bonfire!
60 - The number of minutes between when a party starts and when dinner should be served.
67 (%) - Average invitation acceptance rate.
80 (%) - Percentage of guests that will accept if offered coffee or tea.
200 - Number of napkins suggested for a party of 15.