How To Calculate How Much Food And Drink To Buy For A Party, From Sandra Lee (VIDEO)

12/09/2013 10:55 am ET | Updated Dec 09, 2013

When it comes to holiday entertaining, it's helpful to know how to calculate how much food and alcohol to buy in advance before throwing a party. Luckily, I had the chance to ask the perfect party planner and Editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee magazine, Sandra Lee, when she stopped by to chat on Mondays with Marlo.

Sandra admits that she often buys too much, which is not always a negative thing, as it allows for ample leftovers. For parties of 6-10 people, she'll estimate about 1/2 pound of meat per person, although she warns people that less expensive cuts of meat will shrink down quite a bit if slow-cooked.

For starches, she estimates about a potato and a half per person, although she says err on the side of caution, especially if kids are in the mix, and prepare for two potatoes per person in that case.

For more of Sandra Lee's holiday entertaining tips, view the slideshow below:

10 Holiday Entertaining Tips From Sandra Lee

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