Fun BBQ Party Catering: 6 Considerations

Summer is a wonderful time to have a celebration. Who doesn’t love warm weather, great food, and being around family or friends?! While decorations and activities are important aspects for BBQ parties or picnics, the most crucial part of these get-togethers to get right is the food.

If you need to take care of other things for your BBQ party or you don’t have complete faith in your barbecuing skills, hire a BBQ party catering service. The best place to locate a catering service for your BBQ party is checking local catering companies. Easy Event Planning has put together ideas for a wonderfully catered BBQ party.

BBQ Party Catering Drink Benefits

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1. Alcoholic Beverages

Catering services can provide bartenders to prepare delicious cocktails for your friends, such as mojitos, margaritas, and spiked lemonades. They will know how to make a variety of tasty drinks for your guests, which offers your guests more options for beverages. Take a trip down to your local winery shops, wineries, and liquor stores, and buy some cocktail supplies to ensure that you don’t run out!

For liability reasons, you’ll want to make sure that underage guests aren’t getting a hold of alcohol and that your legal guests aren’t drinking while intoxicated. Hiring a professional cut back on your liability as a host and saves you money in the long run because your guests won’t be allowed to over pour their drinks.

2. Non-Alcoholic Beverages

You can also request that your bartender be able to make non-alcoholic beverages. Kiddie cocktails and sparkling juice cocktails are tasty non-alcoholic drinks to serve. Classic sodas and juices are also great to have in stock for flavorful and non-alcoholic beverages. It is also essential to have water for all guests, especially on a hot day, to help keep everyone hydrated.

BBQ Party Catering Food Benefits

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3. Appetizers

Look into the options that caterers have for appetizers. Guests will want to snack on something before having the main course for the BBQ. Anything bite-sized is great for BBQ parties or picnics. Shrimp cocktail, nuts, pretzels, cracker trays, vegetables, and fruit with dip are all great options to choose from for appetizers. Try to have a variety of options for guests to choose what they want or so that they can have a little of each appetizer.

4. The Main Course

Hire catering companies that specialize in barbecuing or grilling for your BBQ party or picnic. The smell of grilled or barbecued chicken, chicken wings, steak, ribs, fish, or shrimp will make your guests’ mouths water. While these meats are classically cooked with barbecue sauce, ask the catering company if they also can cook them with teriyaki for a sweeter taste.

Burgers, cheeseburgers, brats, and hot dogs are also great options to serve. Make sure there are toppings for your guests. For a lighter dish, have caterers put together kabobs with meat, vegetables, and a delicious barbeque sauce. Make sure you know how many people are attending your get together ahead of time so that the catering companies can make enough food for everyone.

5. Sides

While barbecued foods are often filling, make sure the BBQ party catering companies also serve sides along with the main course of foods. Corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, potato wedges, french fries, onion rings, salad, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, vegetables, and fruits are all delicious options to choose from that will taste great with anything barbecued. Sides will help enhance the meal while adding something a little different.

6. Desserts

Check if catering companies have a dessert department that you can also get catered to your party. If not, you can always order desserts from a local bakery or store. Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, ice cream, popsicles, and even cake pops can serve as yummy treats. The cold desserts, like ice cream and popsicles, can be perfect to help cool you down on a hot day but must be kept in a cooler or somewhere cold to ensure that they are not melted by the time guests start having dessert.


BBQ parties and picnics are events that a lot of people look forward to during the summer. It is a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company. A BBQ party catering service can get your guests’ mouths to water at the food! We know that checking off each of the food and beverage topics mentioned above are important for you as a host, so be sure to look at your local catering services to see what company best fits your needs. For more ideas about anything and everything you need for your BBQ party or picnic, check out other blogs by Easy Event Planning!

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