This is always the first question and it depends on:
However the general rule of thumb is 5-6 canapés per head for the first hour and then 3-4 per hour thereafter.
If you are having 6 canapés per person then choose 6 different ones. If you are having 9 choose 9 different ones.
We are very happy to advise you but try to choose a mix of meat based, fish based and vegetarian canapés. There is a selection of canapés 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 canapés are preceding 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.
If you know you have guests with specific dietary requirements then let us know and we will come up with some canapés to suit their diet. We have a full written list of ingredients including allergens for all of the canapés we 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 canapés - again just ask.
We can - if you would like us to. Some of the canapés for events are best served warm and require some last minute assembly so we would need some kitchen or worktop space – 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 canapés 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 canapés 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 canapés 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. Again we would agree a fee for this in advance.
For large events we ask for a 20% deposit on booking to save the date. The balance is then due 2 weeks before the event. For small orders we will invoice you a few days ahead of collection/delivery for online payment.
For parties weddings and other events we have an additional event management fee of £50 or so (depending on the size of the event). This covers our admin time and the time it takes to pack up and unpack on the day.
If we are at your event throughout we will serve your canapes on black slate serving trays or grey wooden trays or platters. If you would like to serve them yourself and you don't have enough trays or platters we can supply some disposable palm leaf serving trays for you to use. These are charged out at £2.50 a tray.
8 Canapés each - £8.80 per head
plus c£260 service (excludes travel costs depending on location)
Canapés throughout - 15 each £16.50 a head
plus c£390 service
(excludes travel costs depending on location)
12 Canapés each £13.20 a head
plus c£240 service (excludes travel costs depending on location)