Nothing paints a better picture of a casual outdoor wedding reception than a “backyard” barbecue. Menu ideas for a barbecue are endless and can range from thrifty to spendy, but always tasty. Tie your napkin around your neck and dig in!
Keep in mind what size crowd you’ll be serving and how much work you want to put into preparing and serving the food. Some ideas:
- Full potluck where everyone brings a dish
- Partial potluck where you provide the meat and wedding cake and guests bring a side dish
- Catered – some catering companies will even provide dishes, napkins, and utensils
- Rent-a-pit – rent a large bbq pit to maximize the amount of food that gets grilled and onto plates, and don’t forget to rotate the grill masters so one person doesn’t get stuck with the job all night
Wedding Menu Ideas
Iced tea (sweetened and unsweetened)
Wine and beer
Signature drinks like mojitos and vodka-spiked lemonade
Burgers and veggie burgers
Shrimp, lobster, and other seafood
Corn on the cob
Macaroni and cheese
And if the party lasts well into the evening, consider setting up a s’mores table where guests can build their own s’mores for a late-night snack.