Party Menus & Portion Tips

Plan Your Menu 2 Easy Ways

Pre-Built Menus
Select from dozens of our favorite pre-built menus such as an Italian buffet, dessert bar, bridal brunch, and many other options.


Create your own menu!
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Estimating Portions

  • Anticipate which items will be most popular, and serve more than suggested. For example, shellfish appetizers are always popular, so serve as many as your budget allows.
  • The more choices you offer, the smaller your calculation of individual portions should be.
  • Add “bulk” items to your menu. For a sit-down dinner, have plenty of bread to fill in any hungry spots. When hosting a cocktail party, nuts, olives, pretzels, etc. provide security that you’ll have enough for all without extra work.

For more tips, download our Portion Guide.

Menu Wizard



Our free Menu Wizard menu planner helps you determine exactly how much food to buy for your party size, so you’ll always have enough!




Buying The Right Amount Saves You Money

Plan on an average of 1 lb. of food per person: 4 oz. portions of 4 food groups equals 1 lb. per person.

4 ounces of Meat
Examples: Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, Meatballs, Chicken, or Fish
*For a sit-down meal, 6–8 oz. of an entrée is recommended.
4 ounces of Another Vegetable
Examples: Green Beans, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, or Corn
4 ounces of a Potato or Salad
Examples: Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Macaroni Salad, or Scalloped or Au Gratin Potatoes
4 ounces of Dessert
Examples: Pies, Cakes, Mixed Fruit, Puddings, Gelatin, or Ice Cream

Menu Ideas

Here are a few fabulous complete party menu ideas to get you started:
Taco Bar | Sub & Deli | Asian Buffet | Italian Pasta | Great Cookout | Hors d’Oeuvres | Sundae/Dessert Bar


Festive Taco Bar

Festive Taco Bar

This is a popular menu idea for graduation parties. Everyone will love making their taco just the way they like it.

The items in the Festive Taco Bar:

  • GFS Mexican Taco Beef Filling
  • GFS White Round Tortilla Chips
  • Markon Shredded Taco Lettuce
  • Guacamole Dip
  • GFS Sour Cream
  • GFS Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Gran Sazón Fresh Salsa
  • Diced Onions
  • Gran Sazón Flour Tortillas
  • GFS Mexican Rice
  • GFS Refried Beans
  • GFS Yellow Taco Shells
  • GFS Jalapeño Pepper Slices
  • GFS Nacho Cheese Sauce
  • GFS Grilled Chicken Fajita Filling
  • Chipotle Tortilla Filling

Download/print the Festive Taco Bar menu with additional menu tips.


Super Sub & Deli Buffet

Super Sub & Deli Buffet

This is a perfect meal for birthday party or shower!

The items in the Super Sub & Deli Buffet:

  • GFS Creamy Cole Slaw
  • GFS Kosher Dill Spears
  • GFS Traditional Snack Mix
  • GFS Dinner Rolls
  • Sliced American Cheese
  • Country Fresh French Onion Chip Dip
  • GFS Cooked Deli Turkey Breast
  • GFS American Potato Salad
  • GFS Smokehouse Buffet Ham
  • GFS Rippled Potato Chips
  • GFS Sliced Swiss Cheese
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Bush’s Baked Beans
  • Deli-Rite Whole Roast Beef
  • GFS Mayonnaise

Download/print the Super Sub & Deli Buffet menu with additional menu tips.


Asian Stir-Fry Buffet

Asian Stir-Fry Special

Travel to the Far East without leaving your home with this Asian Buffet.

The items in the Asian Buffet:

  • Cooked Salad Shrimp
  • Stir Fry Vegetable Blend
  • Chow Mein Noodles
  • Chinese Pepper Steak Entrée
  • Long Grain Rice
  • Vegetable Spring Roll
  • Cooked Diced Chicken Meat
  • Fried Rice
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Fortune Cookies

Download/print the Asian Stir-Fry Special menu with additional menu tips.


Italian Pasta Buffet

Italian Pasta Buffet

What a great menu for an Italian-themed birthday party, shower, or graduation.

The items in the Italian Pasta Buffet:

  • GFS Herb Seasoned Croutons
  • GFS Golden Italian Dressing
  • GFS Spaghetti
  • GFS Marinara Sauce
  • Primo Gusto Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • GFS Lasagna w/ Meat Sauce & Cheese
  • Iceberg/Romaine Lettuce Blend
  • Primo Gusto Cooked Italian Meatballs
  • GFS Garlic Bread
  • GFS Mostaccioli w/ Meat Sauce

Download/print the Italian Pasta Buffet menu with additional menu tips.


Great Family Cookout

Great Family Cookout

This is a great all-American cookout meal that would be perfect for family reunions and BBQs.

The items in the Great Family Cookout:

  • GFS American Potato Salad
  • 6″ Hot Dog Buns
  • Country Fresh French Onion Chip Dip
  • Homestyle Ground Beef Patty
  • GFS Beef Franks
  • GFS Bratwurst
  • GFS Macaroni Salad
  • GFS Kosher Dill Spears
  • Condiment Assortment Pack
  • GFS Creamy Cole Slaw
  • GFS Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • GFS Pork & Navy Beans
  • Diced Onions
  • Hamburger Buns
  • GFS Rippled Potato Chips

Download/print the Great Family Cookout menu with additional menu tips.


Quick and Easy Deluxe Hors d'Oeuvres

Quick and Easy Deluxe hors d’Oeuvres

Who doesn’t love hors d’oeuvers at parties?

The items in the Quick and Easy Deluxe hors d’Oeuvres:

  • Cohen’s Assorted Mini Quiche
  • GFS Cheese Party Tray
  • Wisconsin Pride Sharp Cheese Balls
  • Nabisco Ritz Crackers
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Sweet Butter Chips
  • GFS Kosher Dill Spears
  • GFS Swedish Style Sauce
  • GFS Cocktail Smoked Sausage
  • GFS Buffalo Style Chicken Wings
  • Planter’s Mixed Nuts
  • GFS Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
  • GFS Cooked Meatballs
  • Appetizer Deli Spirals

Download/print the Quick and Easy Deluxe hors d’Oeuvres menu with additional menu tips.


Sweet Dessert and Sundae Bar

Sweet Dessert and Sundae Bar

What could be better than building your own sundae?

The items in the Sweet Dessert and Sundae Bar:

  • Mini Chocolate Topped Éclairs
  • Sienna Chocolate Decadent Brownie
  • Country Fresh Vanilla Ice Cream
  • GFS Strawberry Topping
  • GFS Caramel Topping
  • GFS Maraschino Cherries
  • GFS Velvet Cream Hot Fudge
  • Whip Cream Dessert Topping
  • Assorted Gourmet Mini Cheesecakes
  • Sara Lee Chocolate Sheet Cake
  • GFS Roasted Peanuts
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Northstar Variety Club Pack
  • Mini Vanilla Cream Puffs

Download/print the Sweet Dessert and Sundae Bar menu with additional menu tips.