Here in Las Vegas, the hot summer weather presents new challenges when planning a corporate, leisure, or incentive event. Yes, it’s a dry heat (a term you’ll hear locals mention often) but event planners need to plan for the hotter temperatures to minimize risk of dehydration among guests.
The CLI Las Vegas event team sat down with a client last month to put together menus for a summer evening reception at HOTEL. Our client’s company works in the mobile technology industry and wanted to host a networking reception by the pool.
Las Vegas Summer Events
To help guests beat the heat and keep energy levels high, our client wanted to focus on refreshing, healthy small bites. The networking reception also needed to provide opportunities for potential customers of our client to learn about new products.
We helped our client plan a creative menu complete with hydrating and unique catering. To maximize event results, our CLI event manager suggested themed stations with food and a product at each to encourage guests to move around.
Using our team’s expertise planning an average of 100 summer events each June, July, and August, we were able to design a creative menu and event layout that met all of our client’s objectives.
4 Incredible Options for 4 Creative, Healthy Menus
- Melon and prosciutto skewers with a twist
This mouth-watering combination includes fresh melon to provide hydration during a Las Vegas summer event. The high quality prosciutto available at world-class Las Vegas hotels makes this a crowd pleaser your guests will love. Serve on a skewer to encourage networking and top with a watermelon puree for even more flavor.
- Cucumber bites, cucumber water, and more!
Another refreshing ingredient and a must-have at any summer event is cucumber. Cucumber water with fresh mint leaves helps to keep guests feeling cool in hot summer weather.
Cucumber also makes a great addition to smoothies, or pairs well with fresh scallops as a small bite. When planning a Las Vegas summer event menu, don’t forget to combine cucumber with other refreshing flavors such as fresh mint, marinated tomatoes, or strawberries.
- Creative Fruit Skewers
Fruit skewers take on a whole new experience with a few creative enhancements. Offering summer fruit skewers with flavor enhancements such as coconut or a thin pectin coating is another creative option.
Choose fruit that will still look appetizing after 15 minutes in the heat, such as watermelon, strawberries, grapes, and pineapple. One idea we suggest to clients is to use fruit in the colors that match your event décor.
- Summer Signature Drink
What better way to create memorable moments and relieve stress with a brightly colored drink, complete with a mint leaf or cherry garnish?
We at CLI have helped our corporate meeting planner clients create beautiful and affordable signature drinks to add a unique element to the catering menu. Giving one drink a branded name and printing elegant recipe signage for the drink stations creates an upscale aspect to the networking reception.
With a little creativity, Las Vegas summer event menus will beat the heat and ensure your event guests have an unforgettable experience, even in the Las Vegas dry heat.
Do you have a Las Vegas summer event this July or August? Call our team at 702-329-9908 or click here to take advantage of our last-minute “Beat the Heat” summer catering specials.