Planning the Perfect Summer Catering Menu

Summer is the time of year when everyone gets a chance to enjoy the weather, lay back and relax. Between those relaxation periods, there is plenty to do. There are local events, vacations to enjoy, BBQs to indulge in, and so much more.

Although summer is synonymous with relaxation, it’s usually filled with nonstop activities. If you thrive on being the hostess with the “mostest” or just want to throw the summer party to end all parties, here are a few ways to plan a tasty menu.

Cool Appetizers

You can be both literal and figurative with your appetizer options. Cool appetizers can help hot guests cool down. Fresh salads can pack a nutritional punch, will please your vegetarian guests, and are often the food of choice during summer when the temperatures call for something refreshing. A veggie tray, cocktail shrimp, and deviled eggs are also always a hit at summer parties.

Hearty, Low-Maintenance Entrees

When it comes to a low-key party, most people are ready to stand and eat rather than fuss with a fork and knife for a three course sit-down meal. Consider getting a few deep dish pizzas as a hearty option if your guests are playing a game of touch football or pool volleyball. If you want to do something fun, try giving guests a “pizza bar” where they’ll have an array of pizzas to choose from.

Stylish Beverages

Make a statement and provide a bar with fruit-infused water or fruit/herb infused ice cubes if you want to have some creative cocktails. For the kids, the fruit-infused water bar is a perfect way to help them hydrate or you can try an Italian Soda Bar featuring flavored syrups, whipped cream, and some fun straws.

Delicious Desserts

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” … and brownies. While ice cream is probably one of the most popular summertime desserts, an ice cream/brownie bar will take it up a notch. Order some Howie Brownies, get an assortment of ice creams, and don’t forget the sprinkles!

 Whether you’re throwing a pool party, birthday bash, or just looking for a way to celebrate summer with your employees, Hungry Howie’s catering options can help you plan a menu that will feed a crowd and fit into your budget.