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Party by the Numbers
How many guests are coming? Did you get enough appetizers? Is there such a thing as too much ice? Don’t stress, all will be revealed.
0 DOLLARS FOR INVITES
Electronic invitations take the hassle out of party planning. At a glance, you and your guests can see who’s coming, who’s bringing what and if anyone wants to carpool.
18 BITES PER PERSON
Did you know guests usually only eat about 6 appetizers per hour? So you can dazzle your guests with elegant apps — like caterer-quality Bacon Wrapped Beef and other hot hors d’oeuvres from Wellsley Farms — and still have a budget-friendly party.
60 MINUTES TO CHILL WINE
Fridge full? No worries. Set out a few bottles in ice buckets. By the time guests arrive, they’ll be cold. (Chill reserves in a cooler.) Can’t decide on a bottle? Crisp and light, Wellsley Farms Chardonnay pairs perfectly with hors d’oeuvres.
8 OUNCES OF ICE PER PERSON
Sure, you could do the math: 4 cubes per glass etc., etc. But with BJ’s low, low ice prices, why not just grab a second bag while you’re at the Club then sit back and relax.
90 SONGS ON YOUR PLAYLIST
That’s 3 hours of music without repeats. Choose songs that create the vibe you want for each moment of the evening, from first greetings to final goodbyes. That playlist will sound great on Bose Soundlink Color Portable Speakers.
3 PLATES PER PERSON
One for crab cakes. One for onion dip. One for chocolate cake. No one makes it through a party with the same plate. So stock up on disposable plates and save the chinaware for dessert.
6 DIFFERENT APPETIZERS
You don’t need a big budget to give guests the impression of plenty. Here’s how the pros do it:
Step 1: Pick 3 cold appetizers — cheeses, crudités, dips, etc.— and set them out.
Step 2: Bring out 3 hot apps, one at a time, and make a production out of passing each one.
Why it works: The buffet gives guests something to nibble, while passing apps adds a note of excitement.
Result: Your guests will rave about “all the delicious food.”
2 CANS OF STERNO
Planning a hot buffet? For every steam pan-and-wire rack combo, you’ll need 2 cans of Sterno for 3 hours of heat. What if the party runs long? No worries. With BJ’s stock-up savings, you’ll have backups on hand.
2 HOMEMADE PARTY DISHES
You want to know the secret to having fun at your own party: Do as little as possible. That means making just 2 easy — think semi-homemade — dishes and grabbing the rest at the Club.
24 DOGGY BAG CONTAINERS
Temptation is everywhere during the holidays. What to do? Bundle up any leftovers (discard any left at room temperature first) and send them home with your guests in Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Containers. You’ll look twice as generous while avoiding the post-party nibbles.