Picnics and cookouts are the social events of the season throughout the summer – whether it’s a company outing, family reunion, or even a birthday party.  It’s easy gathering everyone together, but having people stay longer than just to grab a quick bite can be challenging.  That’s why we’ve complied a list of ideas to incorporate into your summer bash to ensure guests stick around and have a great time after they eat!

1. Games!
Everyone loves a good time and nothing brings out people’s natural competitiveness than a friendly game for all ages.  Some crowd favorites are cornhole, volleyball, or football. If you’re looking for a bit more variety, our partners at Casino Party Planners have all the exciting games and attractions you can imagine, including a life-size Jenga game, or they can even bring staff to host blackjack or poker tournaments! If you’ve got a younger crowd, consider having potato sack races, inflatable bowling, or even just outdoor toys they can use for a variety of games. If you’re looking for more relaxed activities, consider a game of Bingo,  trivia, or even board games will give your attendees the opportunity to stay in the shade if they’d like!


2.  Interactive Stations
Stations can be great because they can offer a variety of things to do.  Casino Party Planners offers something for every age including face painting, henna art, spin art, video games and pinball machines, and a variety of inflatables including bounce houses, mechanical bulls, and a variety of other fun games.

3. Interactive FOOD Stations
Food stations are really great for your guests because they ensure that they can customize their dishes!  Of course you can do simple stations, the hamburgers and hot dogs with toppings, deli platters, etc.  To really make your selections stand out, consider upgrading these!  For example, for hamburgers try adding a variety of cheeses, sauteed peppers or mushrooms, fried onions, avocado, strips of bacon, or a variety of gourmet aiolis, mustards, and mayonnaises! For hotdogs, consider different buns or even ingredients to make Chicago dogs, including sport peppers, tomatoes, dill pickle spears, Chicago style relish, and Celery Salt.  Don’t forget the Poppy Seed buns! If you’re unsure if Chicago style will appeal to everyone, feel free to add Coney Dog Sauce, Nacho Cheese and Jalapenos.

If you really want to try something different, consider trying different hot sandwiches, such as an Italian Beef, Reubens, Gyros, or even Cubans!  Don’t forget dessert!  You can always be creative with our Chefs at Catering by Jonathan Byrd’s, so come to us with your ideas and we’ll turn them into reality!  Give us a call today at (317) 843-1234 to make sure your summer shindig stands out form the crowd!



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