5 Catering Hacks That Will Change Your Summer Party

5 Catering Hacks That Will Change Your Summer Party

With summer in full gear, it just might be your turn to host a summer party or special event. As a professional caterer, I have years of cooking under my belt. I've worked in fast paced environments, and cooked for many people. My party suggestions are built on years of experience, and are sure to leave your taste buds amazed, and your guests talking about your event for years to come. You'll be cooking and planning like a pro in no time.



First take note of all the ingredients and garnishes you will need. Every summer event we begin with a menu, and slowly work our way down the list of the items we’ll need. This will ensure that you don't forget a crucial ingredient, and that everything is prepared as planned.


Remember, the more work you can get done ahead of schedule, the better. So long as it doesn't take away from the quality of your dishes. More time spent prepping means more time to socialize with your guests. For example, I like to peel and chop the potatoes ahead of time, and leave them to soak in water so when it comes time to make mashed potatoes, they are ready to go. Passed hors d’ oeuvres should be prepared a day in advance, and make sure you chop all the herbs and garnishes, storing them in separate containers.



A delicious adult beverage is always pleasant. Your guests will be entertained and at bay while you finish any necessary party cooking or prepping. A beverage dispenser that includes an ice core to keep the drinks nice and refreshing is recommended. I personally use this model: TableCraft 5 Gallon Beverage Dispenser (Amazon, $171).


Keep a backup

Make sure you aren't putting all the food out at once. Your food will start to look a little stale and minimalism really adds a tone of perfection to each dish. Instead, keep your backup side dishes in the oven at 200 F, and as dinner progresses you can use them to refill.


Unique Garnishes

I've found that edible flowers are good for color (and they're affordable). Micro celery or micro basil also add a pinch of texture and wonderful flavor. Maybe even edible petals! The sky is the limit here, and the little details go a long way!


Ask Your Guests

Don't be afraid to ask your guests for help either! Cooking, especially for a summer party, is all about togetherness and kindness, and your guests will feel welcomed. There's nothing worse than doing all the cooking, and then all the cleaning!