how many gallons of tea for 50 guests

how many gallons of tea for 50 guests

How Much Tea Do I Need to Serve 50 Guests?

When you’re having a large event, you always want to make sure you have enough drinks for everyone. Tea is a popular beverage for both adults and kids alike. To make sure you don’t run out of tea for your guests, it’s important to make sure you have enough for everyone. Here is a guide on estimating how many gallons you need for 50 guests.

Gallon Estimations

A good starting point is to estimate each person will have one 8-ounce cup at the event. If you have 50 guests, that’s 400 ounces. To convert this to gallons, you will need to divide it by 128. Working that calculation out, that’s 3.125 gallons.

Catering Sizes

Most catering services will offer sizes such as half gallons, one gallon, two gallon, three gallon and five gallon sizes. Since we estimated 3.125 gallons was needed for 50 guests, you should go for either the three gallon size or the five gallon size. This will allow you to have some extras in case there are any spillages.

Iced Tea vs Hot Tea

When buying tea, make sure to get the right size of tea depending on whether you are serving hot or iced tea. If you are serving hot tea, you will only need one-half-gallon of hot tea since an 8-ounce cup requires only one to one and a half teaspoons of loose tea. However, you will need twice as much iced tea since a large iced tea requires two tablespoons of tea per 8-ounce cup.

Serving Extras

If you are serving extras with the tea such as sugar and lemon, you may need to increase the amount of tea you need. If each person will have one teaspoon of sugar and one lemon slice, you will need approximately two additional half-gallon containers of tea.

Final Notes

  • Hot Tea: 3.125 gallons
  • Iced Tea: 6.25 gallons
  • Serving Extras: 3 half gallons

You now know how much tea you need to mention for your next event. Prepare your guests for a great tea experience. Happy serving!


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