It’s summer time, which means it’s BBQ time! And there’s nothing better than getting some sunshine, cooking up something delicious and spending some time outdoors. A corporate BBQ is a great way to celebrate the New Year and get to know your work colleagues in an informal and relaxed setting, a company celebration or you just want to bring everyone together for some team bonding.
If you're hosting a great BBQ for your office in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or Canberra, make it truly memorable with these handy planning tips and tricks. We've put together the ultimate BBQ checklist, including all the things you’ve got to consider when organising your BBQ, from food, plates and cutlery to the location and clean up.
It wouldn’t be a barbecue without the grilled meats and some classic and delicious sides. Make sure you have some varied options too for all the special diets in your office, from vegetarian to gluten free, there should be something for everyone. Organising the food, style of cuisine and all your special dietary options is the first and one of the most important steps in your BBQ preparation. Still have room for dessert? You don’t need to have something fancy, but a mini brownie, cupcake or fresh fruit is a great way to finish off the day.
Check out these sample mouth-watering menus for your next corporate BBQ.
From the grill
From the salad bar
Sides and condiments
Canapés to start
From the grill
From the salad bar
Something sweet to finish
Sides and condiments
Best of all, you don’t need to worry about having to buy all these items yourself and lugging it to the venue, while trying to keep it cool and fresh. Make it a hassle-free and stress-free occasion by using a caterer for your corporate BBQ.
Your next corporate BBQ wouldn’t be complete without condiments. Tomato ketchup, barbecue sauce and mustard are staples, but why not get creative and include guacamole, mayo, jalapenos, pickles, onions, salsas, chutney and Tabasco sauce or chilli sauce for the spice lovers. Relishes and chutneys can also make an exciting addition to your next BBQ menu.
The decision to serve alcohol at your corporate BBQ is up to you and your company’s policy, but we do recommend providing soft drinks and mineral water at your event. Supplying enough water and other beverages is absolutely key to a successful corporate BBQ. We recommend providing soft drinks and mineral water for added hydration options. We recommend 3 drinks per person in the first hour and then 2 drinks for every hour after that.
If you would like to also serve alcohol at your corporate event, we strongly recommend hiring a waiter for your function, as they come complete with a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. For a fancy option, why not have someone on-site to mix some delicious cocktails for you and your staff?
And don’t forget the ice to keep the drinks cool!
Before hosting your corporate barbecue, make sure you have enough plates, cups or glasses and cutlery for everyone. You will also need some extra plates or serving dishes for the cooked food, and something to serve it with.
It’s best to visit the BBQ site before the event to check that the facilities are sufficient for the day. Here is a checklist of considerations when it comes to equipment and staff hire:
Equipment hire can be a hassle-free, stress free and easy option. You may even be able to rent coolers, speakers and tableware at the same time. Best of all, many vendors can drop off and pick up, so you don’t need to worry about trying to fit everything in your car.
While some people don’t seem to be affected by mosquitoes, others are not so lucky. Make sure everyone is comfortable and don’t forget to bring some citronella candles or insect repellant.
Cricket, touch football, bocce, croquet or a game of Frisbee is a great way to bond with your colleagues and have some fun.
If you are going to have music at the barbecue, take your guest list into consideration and customise accordingly. Your playlist should reflect, and enhance the barbecue’s vibe.
Chips, salsa, carrot and celery sticks with hummus or other spreads and dips, crackers with cheese and other finger-friendly foods are great for guests to munch on at the start of the BBQ and allows them to easily mingle while they’re waiting for the food to cook.
This has happened to everyone, but we love this simple idea of adding some tape to your glass or cup and writing your name on it. You already have masking tape and a marker pen at your desk, so put it to good use at your corporate BBQ.
There’s nothing worse than getting to the venue and realising that you’ve forgotten the essential cooking tools.
Don’t forget to bring these essentials:
Always handy to have during the meal and for wiping down areas after the event.
Always wear sunscreen and bring a hat and sunglasses for the day. We recommend bringing a travel-sized sunscreen for everyone to use.
It’s important to clean up the area and the barbecue grill after your corporate event. Rinse the grill with dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water and scrub it with a stiff-bristled brush.
Provide trash cans or garbage bags in designated areas to make clean up easy. If you’re using disposal plates, cups and cutlery, having a garbage bag handy will make clean-up a snap.
To avoid any waste put all the leftover food in containers or aluminum foil trays. Put them in the communal office fridge and they won’t be leftover much longer.
Don’t forget these items to make clean-up easy:
Last but not least, don't forget to consider these important items ahead of your corporate BBQ:
Hosting a BBQ and feeling stressed out, or need some inspiration for your summer BBQ party? Don’t fret! Speak to our experienced corporate events team on 1300 851 900 about our events services and let us handle all your corporate BBQ catering and party event details for you.