If you want to create a memorable eating experience at your event, the best approach is to plan a menu that’s either totally fresh and unexpected or a trusty classic updated with a unique new spin. Here are five tasty and simple suggestions to get you inspired, whether you create the food yourself or offer some must-haves to a caterer or cook to create for you. These catering ideas would work for a variety of events, so you can make sure your next birthday, baby shower, or office shindig blows your guests’ tastebuds away!
1. Fun Flower Box Drinks
This is an awesome, eye-catching idea for an outdoor event. All you need are (clean) wooden flower boxes or long planters to hold drinks and ice. You can even repurpose the flower boxes or planters after the event.
2. Breakfast done oh so right
We all know the old adage that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, right? Well, that’s definitely true when you’re hosting an all-day event and want to make sure your guests’ stomachs are full and their minds are hungry. Get creative with breakfast options and set the tone for the rest of the day. How about energy-boosting smoothies and acai bowls? Maybe a waffle bar with both sweet and savoury toppers? Mini breakfast skillets are another fan fave.
3. Ultimate charcuterie board
This isn’t our average, everyday charcuterie board. This is an epic table-long spread with delectable, premium salamis, cheese from all corners of the globe, tapenade, house-made crackers, fresh hummus, strawberries, and so much more. One peek at this massive, beautiful smorgasbord and your guests will want to dig right in.
4. Indoor (or Outdoor!) Picnic Perfection
You and your guests can pretend it’s summer all year round with this super fun food idea. The food can lean towards snackable, packable treats, but step it up a bit with a gourmet edge. You can even make the decor suit an elegant picnic—bring out the blankets, picnic baskets, wine bottles, and little jars of treats. Best. Picnic. Ever.
5. Dip into Dip Stations
The best thing about dips is that they are super versatile. They come in a ton of different flavours and will impress attendees. Set up a dip pairing station with an array of hot and cold fresh dips as well as all sorts of dippers, from crispy crackers and crusty bread to fresh fruit and dark chocolate. Set up a table with a slew of creamy and chunky salsas, hummus, tazatziki, vinegars and flavoured oils, breads, cheeses, and so much more. Let your guests create their own delish appie antipasti plates.
Remember that Emerald Events can help you find the perfect meals, unique menu options, superb culinary vendors, and of course, the total package, for any event you have on the horizon. Give us a call or send an email to chat about it.