light & delicious catering ideas for your summer menu

Now that it’s practically summer, caterers and restaurants are adding lighter, summery fare that’s appropriate for the season. Event planners and hosts should take advantage of these fun ideas to add some seasonal items to their event menus. Soup shooters and heavy sliders are out; gazpachos and cold crostinis are in. Desserts should be cold or room temperature – now is not the time for fondue or chocolate fountains.

Here are some fun ideas from various caterers. Ask your caterer if they can work these into your menus. Also, many of these could be replicated at home for dinner parties are backyard BBQs. Don’t drool too much as you look at these photos!


summer catering ideas

Top row:

Caprese crostini with tomato, mozzarella and balsamic drizzle. Caprese is a staple for the summer, the crostinis are easy to eat as a passed hors d’oeuvre. { By Sterling Affairs }

Remember snow cones? Try a gourmet version in adult-friendly flavors like wedding cake and nectar. Also, side note – these are from Bayou Bakery in Arlington, Virginia, which I highly recommend for coffee or happy hour. And if you are checking it out, let me know – I work in that building! { By Bayou Bakery }

Tuna sashimi with a vinaigrette dressing on a spoon. { By Love Catering }

Middle row:

Individual chip cones with salsa – what an innovative way to eat chips and dip? { By Park Avenue Catering }

Watermelon and goat cheese bites – I see watermelon a lot on summer catering menus, often with feta and balsamic, or with mint. This is a new idea that’s a lot of fun and easy to execute. { By Mint Love Social Club }

These feta salad shooters are ingenious! It’s a great way to add a vegetarian option, especially since salads are notoriously difficult to do as hors d’oeuvres. { By Foxes Love Lemons }

Bottom row:

Cheesecake stuffed strawberries – a perfect dessert to pop in your mouth while holding a wine glass (If we’re being honest…) { By Living Locurto }

Sushi is always good, and often a crowd pleaser, but this offering ups the ante by pairing with soy sauce pipettes. { By Ridgewells Catering }

Strawberry Shortcake Push pops? Yes, please. I was recently at an event where they had s’mores push pops and they were amazing. I assume strawberry shortcake ones would be equally amazing. { By Wolfgang Puck Catering }

Bon appetit! And happy menu planning!

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