Is abundance better than variety?
March 13, 2012 4:26 PM Subscribe
How many varieties of tiny bite-sized dessert cakes should I offer if I want to serve 20 people? (Limitation: I can only buy 70 pieces.)
posted by parilous to food & drink (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm throwing a surprise party for my in-laws and I need help with the desserts. Rather than a single cake, I'm opting for bite-sized desserts.
- I have 22 unique and interesting flavors from which to choose (see them here)
- Most of the guests are 50+ years old; the rest are in their 30s
- I have one important guest with Celiac disease (who may or may not like chocolate, but I'd like to have one gluten-free option)
Essentially, my question is this: Should I keep the number of flavors equal to the number of pieces I'm "allotting" for each person... (i.e., If there are 5 flavors, would people take 5 pieces, even though normally they would only take 2 or 3 pieces?) ... Or could I offer more flavors and hope people will only take 2-3 pieces?
BTW, suggestions for flavor choices and quantities of each are welcomed. I'm finding it awfully difficult to anticipate the palates of people I don't know very well.