Office Summer Party Catering Ideas: Top Recommendations

Casual Office workers around a BBQ

Office Summer Party Catering Ideas: Top Recommendations

Nobody can deny that summer is the most popular time for socialising, with 35 percent of people admitting they were less likely to socialise during the winter months and just under a third only attending two or three social events in the winter months. 


Our latest blog offers eight unique summer party catering ideas for your next event. 

BBQ Buffet

Nothing says ‘summer’ like a barbeque buffet. According to the organisers of the 26th National BBQ Week, the average number of BBQs held per family during the summer has risen sharply from around 2.5 around ten years ago to over 10 now! 


The ease of providing a multitude of food choices for your guests, including options for those with dietary requirements, means that putting on such a spread is going to be a guaranteed hit with everybody. 


The fundamentals of hosting a barbeque include rich meat options (with vegetarian and halal choices), for example, beef and chicken burgers, sausages, chicken skewers glazed in a marinade, and ribs. Additional extras to consider could include pasta salad, grilled corn on the cob, and vegetable kebab skewers. 

Picnic-Style Lunch

In the summer, many employees will escape the office to a nice shady spot in a communal area to eat lunch, making a picnic-style lunch the perfect option for treating the workforce. 


Laying out blankets on the lawn and providing a range of sandwiches, wraps, and fresh salads can help guests to relax and refresh during their break, which helps to increase productivity and focus in the office. 


It’s also advised to have sweet options for guests to enjoy after lunch, setting them up for the rest of the day with their sweet tooth catered for. Win-win!

Ice Cream Selection

Many ice cream vendors are hirable for corporate catering and can provide guests with an excellent selection of scoops. 


Attendees can indulge in a variety of flavours served in a cone or recyclable tubs. Additional toppings are essential in enhancing the experience; consider providing toppings such as sprinkles, chocolate sauce, and fruit.

Seafood Platter

Corporate caterers can provide guests with a stunning seafood platter with a variety of options prawns, oysters, lobster, and crab, to name a few. Some caterers specialise in seafood platters, but others are more than happy to create a bespoke seafood-themed spread for your guests to enjoy. 

Pizza Party

Nobody can resist getting stuck into a pizza party. Treat your guests to a variety of pizzas with different toppings for them to help themselves. Couple this with a range of sides, such as garlic bread, salads and dips, and you have the perfect spread for a pizza party.

Cocktail Party

Cocktail parties are the ideal way to round off a hard-working week for your employees. Everybody will appreciate sipping on a mojito, margarita or daiquiri and relaxing with colleagues in the afternoon sun after a long day's work. You can also offer mocktails and soft drinks for those who do not drink alcohol.

Street Food Market

Hosting your own street food market is the best way to maximise variety in a corporate catering event. By including dishes from around the world, guests will never tire of the various flavours available to them.

Gourmet Burger Bar

Gourmet burger bars are a unique way to bring a touch of summer to all guests, with light references to barbeques but with a huge opportunity for individuality. Hire a caterer for your next corporate event who can offer various burger choices, including fillings, bun types and meats.


How Far in Advance Should I Organise Catering?

The length of time recommended before an event for hiring catering depends on the event's type, size and style. If you would like more information on timings for hiring a corporate caterer, please visit one of our recent blogs outlining all you need to know.

Can I Hire a Catering Company for My Office Summer Party?

Yes, many catering companies offer office catering services, including summer party catering. Speak to your local, sustainable corporate caterers about how they can create your perfect event. 

What should I Consider When Choosing Catering Options for My Office Summer Party?

You should consider your guests' preferences and dietary restrictions, as well as the theme and location of your party.

Corporate Catering for Summer Events from Green Bike Food.

If you are looking to host a spectacular summer event for your employees and guests and require a reputable caterer to help you do so, look no further than Green Bike Food. 


We are highly experienced in providing bespoke and sustainable catering to businesses large and small across the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. If you want more information on how we can create the perfect event for you, contact us today!


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