With the warm weather here, now is an excellent time to get together with family and friends in the garden. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or simply a catching up, your garden is the perfect place to play host. However, because the weather is likely to be warm, the right catering is essential to ensuring a successful event. Here are some tips on how to cater for a summer garden party.
Plan the Menu
The first step in catering for a summer garden party is to plan the menu. Consider the time of day, the number of guests, and dietary restrictions. Light and refreshing dishes such as salads, fruits, sandwiches, and grilled meats are popular options for summer garden parties. You could also consider setting up a dessert table with a variety of sweet treats and refreshing drinks. Ice cream is ideal for warm weather, and there are varieties from Clementine’s ice cream to suit all tastes, including traditional flavors like vanilla and chocolate, to boozier flavors for adults.
Choose Fresh Ingredients
Fresh ingredients are key to making delicious and healthy dishes. If possible, source local and organic produce for your menu. Visit a local farmer’s market to see what’s available. Use seasonal fruits and vegetables to create colorful and flavorful dishes that reflect the summer season. Fresh mixed salads will appeal to everyone and can be mixed with BBQ meat or vegetarian options.
Prepare in Advance
Preparing in advance is essential if you want a smooth and stress-free catering experience where you can relax and enjoy the party. Make a detailed list of all the ingredients and tools you will need for your menu, and shop for them a few days before the event. Prep as much as possible the day before, including chopping vegetables, marinating meat, and making dressings and sauces.
Set Up a Food Station
Make a grill station for burgers, hot dogs, and veggie skewers, or a salad bar with a variety of fresh veggies, toppings, and dressings, so guests can serve themselves. That way you can sit and chat instead of dishing up food.
Provide Plenty of Drinks
Don’t forget about drinks when catering for a summer garden party. Provide plenty of water, iced tea, and lemonade for guests to stay hydrated. You could also set up a bar area with a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Make sure to have non-alcoholic options available for those who don’t drink.
If you’re short on time or don’t feel confident in your catering skills, consider hiring a catering service. A professional caterer can create a customized menu that fits your budget and dietary restrictions. They can also take care of all the setup and cleanup, leaving you free to enjoy the party with your guests.
The atmosphere is also just as important as the food when it comes to catering for a summer garden party. Throw out some outdoor cushions and pillows, and decorate the yard with colorful bunting, lanterns, and flowers. Play upbeat music in the background to create a festive mood.
By following these tips, you can create a memorable event that your guests will love. Remember to have fun and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!