This week is National Picnic Week. Most of us will be dusting off the blankets and stocking our picnic hampers with an array of treats to enjoy in the great outdoors (weather permitting!)
For those unable to make a break for the outside, you needn't miss out on the action. We've rounded up a few ideas for event planners considering picnic-style bites for their upcoming event. No umbrellas necessary...
Business breakfast meetings can be tricky when it comes to catering. Delegates are often short on time, and keen to head off immediately afterwards to get on with their working day.
So go with a grab and go breakfast, such as 'build your own' bacon sandwiches served with pots of sauce or pots of fresh fruit that can be enjoyed on the move. Don't forget the tea and coffee.
Those stuck indoors in the boardroom all day needn't miss out on a spot of summertime dining. Treat your guests to an array of delicious bites around the boardroom table. Crisp salads, mini sandwiches, a cheese board... you might even choose to serve it on a gingham checked tablecloth to bring the outdoors in!
Business awards do? Office celebration? Get creative with a picnic theme.
Buffet-style business event food works great for large events, as you can better cater for a variety of guests’ tastes and preferences. Choose a range of cold meats, luxury cheeses, plenty of colourful side dishes and a selection of light, refreshing desserts. Serve with plentiful Pimms to get the party started.
When networking, guests will need to ensure their hands aren’t too occupied. So when considering catering, think small and easily manageable. Canapes are a great option. Keep it picnic-style with smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis, or ham and mustard wraps. Hot finger foods are always a big hit. Serve luxury sausage rolls, miniature pork pies or bite-sized quiches. Sweet finger foods finish off an event perfectly. And nothing says quintessentially British picnic like strawberries and cream...
If you do have the opportunity to break away from the boardroom, treat your guests to lunch alfresco. As host, you won't want to be grappling with picnic hampers and paper plates. So, offer your guests a packed lunch. We offer a selection of packed lunch options including freshly prepared sandwiches, fruit, yoghurt and muesli bars to keep your guests going.
Business bites needn't be boring. Make the most of the summer with a little creative catering to leave your guests with plenty to talk about. Now, where's that blanket...
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