Can you feel the anticipation building in the air? Summertime has nearly arrived. Kids are getting out of school, and we're all gearing up for the carefree days of throwing on some shorts and sandals and getting together with friends.
Summer catering in Houston is exciting because our clients come to us with so many reasons to celebrate. Some of them want graduation catering for their soon-to-be college kid. Others want to show their American pride with Fourth of July catering. Our creativity runs wild in the summer. Whatever the reason to celebrate, our team has plenty of options to choose from to make your summer party absolutely spectacular. Here are six sweet catering ideas to help you plan your Houston summertime celebration.
1. Summer Kickoff Party
A proper summer kickoff spectacular should be colorful. Blankets and cushions in soft hues of blue, green and yellow establish the perfect visual summer tone. Another particularly popular trend has been bringing furniture (chairs and tables) and utensils outside. décorate them with flowery centerpieces and you have a splendid summer look.
Cheeseburger skewers - Skewered meatballs covered in cheddar with your favorite toppings such as bibb lettuce, cherry tomatoes and pickle slices.
2. Graduation Party
School’s out for summer. For some kids, it’s on to high school and the next grade. For another slightly older crowd, it’s off to college and into adulthood. But there's one place those kids want to be first: down at the beach. Here in Houston, the nearby Gulf Coast provides some visually stunning beachscapes that are the perfect setting for any graduation party. Including some graduate-themed (tassels and diplomas) and beach-themed décor (umbrellas, colorful towels and mats, tiki torches, a volleyball net) sets the perfect scene for your Houston graduation celebration.
Surf & turf kabobs - Grilled teriyaki marinated tenderloin and shrimp on a skewer.
3. Fourth of July Celebration
O say can you see? We'll tell you what your guests should see at your Houston Fourth of July party: a whole lot of red, white and blue. You'll want patriotic linens and napkins, some patriotic suspended lanterns and maybe even some sparklers to really get into the spirit. America is beautiful, and your party should be too.
• Peanut butter & jelly bars
• Patriotic cookies
• Mini apple or cherry pies
• Blueberry crumble bars
4. Summer Birthday Party
Summer birthday décor can vary greatly depending on the age of the person celebrating. But one thing's for sure—summer birthdays deserve to be outdoors. Try using natural décor that ties to the guest of honor and highlights their achievements. You can include pictures around the site. Bring their favorite activities outside to share with everyone. These might be athletic, or they might be artistic. But there is an opportunity to get guests engaged and feeling closer to this person on their special day.
• Chicken roulade skewers - Savory pinwheel filled with a creamy basil sauce.
• Strawberry shortcake sliders - Open faced strawberry shortcake bites served on a skewer.
5. Summer Anniversary
Like birthdays, summer anniversary décor ideas can vary depending on who is celebrating and the significance of the occasion. But also like birthdays, this is an opportunity to bring the celebration outdoors and make the focus squarely on the happy couple. Try using some pieces of furniture décorated with pictures of the couple from over the years. It makes for a very personal and fun celebration.
Tenderloin sliders - Sliced roast tenderloin served on our bakery fresh petite rolls topped with a creamy aioli spread.
6. Back to School
As the summer starts to wind down, parents and children alike will get to celebrate the thought of going back to school and getting back into the routine. It's a fresh start to the year. So why not celebrate with some fresh summer foliage? Or what's more, what about heading out to the pool for one last good swim? You can pick up decals or banners of school buses or school activities to help set the mood. Summer may be coming to an end, but the fun is just getting started.
Fresh fruit kabobs - Seasonal fruits & berries served with a Romanoff dipping sauce
Summertime is just getting started, so you'll want to bookmark each of these ideas for when it's time to start planning. Summer catering in Houston is a super fun venture, and we can't wait to start working with you to plan these celebrations and more.
If you're interested in more inspiration for a sweet summertime celebration here in Houston, contact our experts online or give us a call at 713.699.1693.