How many Canapes will I need?

This is always the first question and it depends on: 

  • the length of your event
  • the time of day
  • the number of guests
  • the mix of guests – men tend to eat more, children less
  • the format of the event – are canapes the only food or do they precede a sit down dinner or buffet?
  • the amount of alcohol being served

However the general rule of thumb is 5-6 Canapes per head for the first hour and then 3-4 per hour thereafter.    

How do I choose a good menu of Canapes?

We are very happy to advise you but try to choose a mix of meat based, fish based and vegetarian Canapes. There is a selection of canapes that contain meat that can very easily be adapted to be vegetarian. If you know your party will include a lot of vegetarians then simply adapt your choices.   If your Canapes are pre-ceding other food then just choose savoury. If your event is a drinks reception or a party without any other food choose about two thirds savoury and one third sweet.   

How many different types should I choose?

If you are having 6 canapes per person then choose 6 different ones. If you are having 9 choose 9 different ones.   

Dietary Requirements and Allergies

If you know you have guests with specific dietary requirements then let me know and I will come up with some Canapes to suit their diet. I have a full written list of ingredients including allergens for all of the Canapes I make.    This is available on request.   Many are gluten free or can be made with gluten free ingredients - just ask. And we can easily provide a selection of vegan Canapes - again just ask.

Who will serve the Canapes at my event or party?

We can - if you would like us to.  Some of the Canapes for events are best served warm and require some last minute assembly so we would need some kitchen or worktop space. We would come and see you prior to the event to look at the space available and let you know how much kitchen or other space we would need – we are fairly used to working in small spaces and can be very discrete. 

Service costs depend upon the length of your party, the venue, the number of Canapes you have, the location,  and importantly, the number of guests.   This determines how many waiting staff we need.  All of this can be discussed and a fee would be agreed prior to your event. 

If your party or event is quite informal and you would like to lay your Canapes out buffet style or would like to serve your guests yourself then we might like to come to your venue a couple of hours or so before the party to finish the Canapes off.  This is so they are at their best and freshest when you eat them - some don't travel well or may spoil slightly if prepared too far in advance.  We are very happy to do this while you get ready for your party and will be gone before your guests arrive. 

We can loan out tablecloths and serving platters if required for a small additional charge.    

Can I sample some Canapes to help me choose?

We would be delighted to bring you a selection of Canapes to try in advance of your event. Depending on how many you choose to sample we may need to pass on a small charge for this with your final invoice.     

Pricing & Quantities - some examples.

Garden Party/Drinks Party - 2 hours


10 Canapes each   - £7.50 per head

Big Birthday Party - 4 hours


Canapes throughout - 16 each £12 a head

Set the scene - Canapes for first hour £4.50 a head

Pre Wedding Breakfast - 90 mins


8 Canapes each £6 a head