Outdoor Party Ideas for Summer Events in Chicago

Living in Chicago often means making the most of the warm weather when it is here. One way to celebrate the summer season with your family and friends is to host an outdoor party. There are a number of different themes that you can have for your outdoor party and these will require different catering options.

Outdoor Dinner Party

An outdoor dinner party can be more informal than a more traditional dinner party which means that along with the style of dress, the food that is served can also be more informal. The party can start in the early evening which allows you to really make a night out of it. You can serve as many courses as you want but a three course meal with starter, main meal and dessert is often a good choice as this gives everyone time to chat over dinner, but doesn’t mean that your guests will have to spend the whole evening tied to the dinner table.

 Barbecue – BBQ

A barbecue is always a popular choice for an outdoor party because of the variety of food that can be served. As well as the meats and vegetables that can be cooked on the barbecue, there will usually be many salad items on offer and a number of other foods. A taste of Texas can be brought to Chicago with a cowboy themed barbecue. Accessories such as cowboy hats and bandannas can be given to guests on arrival to get them in the mood.

4th July Picnic

Picnics are often thought of as everyday occasions and are perhaps not something that would be thought of as a theme for a summer party. However, when picnics are held in honor of special celebration such as the 4th of July it can be a lot of fun. They can be especially popular with families with young children as there is often such a wide range of food available that there is something for even the fussiest of eaters. Simple food such as sandwiches, fruit and cakes are a good starting point and the rest of the menu can be worked out from here. Looking for a little something extra that goes a long way for the kids, try a ice cream cart, snow cone machine or cotton candy machine.

Pig Roast

A pig roast offers something different for an outdoor party and is becoming a more popular choice for a wide range of celebrations. The roast pork can be served on a sandwich or as a plated meal. Other types of food that is traditionally prepared on a barbecue such as corn on the cob, grilled veggies, baked beans and baked potatoes make a good accompaniment to a pig roast.

Using a catering company in Chicago, like us of course (Corky’s Catering), can be one of the easiest ways to cater for any of these outdoor events as we will be able to suggest menu items for you and help you stick to the budget that you have set. The most obvious benefit of hiring a catering company like us is that we can take care of all the food while you concentrate on organizing the rest of the party and enjoying the event on the day.

Did You Know?

Any of these outdoor party ideas for summer events can easily be done anywhere in Chicago including the areas of Addison, Algonquin, Antioch, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington, Bartlett, Batavia, Bedford Park, Bensenville, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Brookfield, Buffalo Grove, Carol Stream, Cary, Carol Stream, Chicago, Clarendon Hills, Crete, Crystal Lake, Darien, Deerfield, Des Palines, Downers Grove, Dundee, Elmhurst, Evanston, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Flossmoor, Forest Park, Fox River Grove, Frankfort, Franklin Park, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Glencoe, Glenview Grayslake, Gurnee, Hampshire, Highland Park, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hoffman Estates, Homewood, Huntley, Itasca, Joliet, Kanosha, Kenilworth, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Lemont, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Lisle, Lockport, Lombard, Long Grove, Medinah, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Morton Grove, Mundelein, Naperville, New Lenox, North Aurora, North Chicago, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Oak Park, Orland Park, Oswego, Palatine, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Plainfield, Prospect Heights, River Forest, Riverside, Roselle, Rosemont, Round Lake Beach, St. Charles, Schaumburg, Skokie, Spring Grove Sugar Grove, Sycamore, Techny, Villa Park, Vernon Hills, Wadsworth, Warrenville, Wauconda, Waukegan, West Chicago, West Chicago, Westchester, Western Springs and Yorkville. Call Corky’s Catering today at 630-396-3030 to get started planning your next outdoor function!

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