Party Catering Ideas for Summer Gatherings

This summer will be a great time to gather and have fun as the pandemic stays under control in the Bay Area. We are responding to a lot of requests for party catering for folks who plan to gather once again with friends, neighbors, family members, and even coworkers. Bay Area weather also cooperates in summer with the end of any chance of drizzles!

Especially in the South Bay, there are hundreds of venue choices for delightful gatherings outside. It’s also a great time for special private catered events in your own backyard! The “centerpiece” of successful summer events is a great menu provided by an expert summer party catering company.

How to Throw a Great Summer Party

Here’s how to throw a great summer party:

  1. Decide which group you wish to entertain (you can do this more than once!)
  2. Choose a reason for the getting together. Having a theme is always fun!
  3. Develop a budget
  4. Set a date and time
  5. Choose a suitable venue
  6. Choose a party catering company that will create a memorable menu
  7. Plan some fun activities
  8. Choose some inspiring décor
  9. Decide how you will add music, which could be a band, a DJ or your own sound system.

Summer Party Catering Ideas

Catering ideas for private events at a nice venue or for catering a party at home should start with refreshing drinks. Nonalcoholic lemonades or iced teas are a natural. For those who desire something stronger we have a long list of drinks mixes that will add some fizz!

Offer a selection of cool and hot summer appetizers. Add locally-grown summer veggies to the dishes you choose. Then, perhaps some creative and refreshing summer salads featuring seasonal fruit along with a light and flavorful dressing.

Summer is a good time for barbequing! Whether you like traditional steak and an interesting rub or go on the lighter side with fish or seasoned chicken, the explosion of local produce in summer gives you an almost unlimited range of menu options. It could be grilled tilapia with a mango salsa topping, or roasted veggie skewers.
Finally, great summertime desserts will complete the menu. One hugely popular dessert offering is Handheld’s S’mores station, where guests build their own dessert.

Highlight a Great Menu with a Great Theme

Tasty food is made even better with a great theme. Here are some themes clients have explored recently: An island luau, a carnival, Summer Olympics, a magic garden, or a seaside theme.

Seek Expertise for Family Holiday Parties and Holiday Private Events

For exceptional Bay Area catering and event service, contact Handheld Catering and Events, based in Santa Clara and serving the Bay Area. We create unparalleled experiences through customized food, beverage, and event services, using sustainable practices and a team driven to exceed all expectations.