Whether you are having a few friends over for dinner or throwing a full blown party for a holiday, one of the questions you will inevitably have to answer will be how much food and drinks to have for your guests.

There is nothing worse than having a party and running out of food…Ok, yes there can be worse but it’s pretty bad. Conversely, buying too much will leave you with lighter pockets and a fridge full of leftovers you probably won’t end up eating. So what is the magic equation for buying party food? Does one even exist? We think this chart created by Heather, who blogs at Chickabug, is pretty close to perfect.

Take a look:

Chickabug party food and drinks guide How Much Food & Drinks to Serve at a Party
After reading this I printed it out and taped it on the inside of my spice cabinet. Never again will I have to guess how much to serve. I hope this helps you too!