Party Ideas for 4th of July Summer Bash

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4th of July is less than one week away, but you still have plenty of time to prepare for your patriotic party. BBQ’s and Pot Lucks are the easiest for everyone to participate in having holiday fun. Ask guests to bring side dishes and drinks, and remind them to wear Red, White and Blue for extra holiday fun! Don’t feel like cooking? Hire a caterer to assist with throwing a fun, stress-free summer party with delicious food for everyone.

DIY decorations are the way to go when throwing party now-a-days. Stars, stripes, flags, and anything red, white and blue can be found at any dollar store. Just stock up on 4th of July products and get crafty! The options are endless; You can decorate mason jars with glitter, cut out stars from cardboard, tie RWB ribbon around chairs – don’t be shy to show your American pride!

You can always stick with the traditional BBQ buffet of burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, potato salad and sweet teas. But why not add a little twist?

Caprese Kabobs are always a hit! Easy to make, enjoy and clean up. Who’s complaining?

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If you wanted to incorporate the 4th of July theme with your kabob, you can just cut your fruit or vegetables in star shapes!

Holidays are the perfect excuse to be “extra” with your beverage presentation. Show your patriotic side by preparing easy 4th of July cocktails to your guests that are over 21, along with non-alcoholic drinks. Serving snow cones with cherry and berry flavors is an easy way to appease all age groups. This allows the kids to have fun making snow cones, and gives the option for adults to add alcohol to their snow cones. Everyone is happy! 🙂

Grab all your friends and huddle around the fire pit, it’s time for strawberry smores! This puts a fun, healthy twist on traditional smores where guests of all ages can still participate. Just place the strawberry on the skewer, slightly melt the marshmellow, and fuse the two together. Hold both over the flame while rotating, and cook till toasted enough for your liking! You might never go back to eating regular smores again.

Raise your flags high and have your party sparkle like a firework!
Do you have any 4th of July traditions? We’d love you to share!

 

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Menu Tips for the Ultimate Picnic Party

It’s picnic season! Picnics are perfect outdoor fun for companies, social groups and organizations. Planning a picnic can be just as fun as enjoying the outdoor event as well! Here are menu tips from the Rodeo Wagon.

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Rodeo Wagon has just the right picnic menu ideas to make an extra special afternoon with friends and family. The best thing about picnics are the memories enjoyed outside of the house that are filled with light-hearted experiences and laughter.

Most people think “Picnic Party” is the only theme for your picnic event; but don’t be shy to add a special twist. Some fun ideas are Fiesta Picnic, Sports-Themed, Circus-Themed and plenty more options! What other themes sound fun to you?

To ensure your event is memorable, Rodeo Wagon ensures to provide excellent catering experience and exceptional service to bring your event to the next level. How do we do this? We do this by providing high-quality food that is fresh and tasty, with a special southern twist. We have a diverse menu that accommodates most dietary needs… no one will leave with an empty stomach! 🙂

Picnic Favorites! 

Make sure to come hungry! Everyone loves to grub on Texas Bacon Burgers, Veggie Burgers or Wisconsin Brat Wurst.

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All it takes to add the “wow’ factor is additional toppings such as caramelized onions, sauerkraut, and brown mustard.

Want a lighter lunch?

We suggest our special Southwest Garden Zesty Pasta that can be served with or without protein – in which provides food options for all attending guests. Pasta salad is served hot and packed with fresh veggies so it’s satisfying, but not too heavy.

Southwest Garden Pasta(This photo demonstrates non-veggie option).

Now, let’s talk side dishes… 

Rodeo Wagon’s Award Winning Triple Cheesy Mac N’ Cheese is a must have! Savor your taste buds with a blend of premium cheeses and pasta, topped with bread crumbs and VOM FASS Truffle Oil. What’s there not to love?

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Award winning Triple Cheesy Mac

 

Little tips that make a huge difference:

1. Ensure all foods are stored under tents protected from the sun to ensure freshness.
2. Check the temperature of the foods every 30 minutes.
3. Remove cooked food from the grill directly to guests plates.
4. When serving food, be sure to always wear gloves. We know we do!
5. Bring extra ice for cold beverages and cold condiments.

 

Reach out to Rodeo Wagon to help you cater your next picnic party or event!

Graduation Party Food Ideas

♪ Schools out, for summer! ♪

Congrats to all the graduates out there; now, it’s time to celebrate your success! Graduation parties (or any party) can be a lot of work, and I’m sure you’ve ran through the mental checklist of everything you need at least a million times… 
Date and time? Check ✔. Party location? Check ✔. Decorations? Check ✔. Sending invites to everyone you know? Check ✔. Now for the most important part — food. Your menu choice is a balancing act between budget and everyone’s food tastes, especially the graduates. Did someone say “BBQ”? The Rodeo Wagon knows all about that! As for the cherry on top, we keep it local with ingredients from local businesses.

You know what’s always a huge hit? “Build Your Own” food bars. This gives people the freedom to make their food exactly the way they enjoy! Keeping it western, a “Build Your Own Slider” bar is one way to make sure no one leaves with an empty stomach. We include all the works!

Guests top their 2 slider buns with chicken, pork or bison and dress them up with 4 toppings. Choose from sweet potatoes, blend of sliced cheeses, roasted peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, coleslaw, beets or pickles. BBQ, chipotle mayo, VOM FASS oil and vinegar and ketchup are available for the final touch.

Oh yeah, don’t forget Rodeo Wagon’s Award Winning Triple Cheesy Mac n Cheese. Mmm.. Tasty.

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Rodeo Wagon’s Award Winning Triple Cheesy Mac n Cheese, Taste of Madison 2017

 

Not feeling BBQ? How about a more summer-themed dish? Our island pork is boasting with sweet, sour, and teriyaki flavors and garnished with pineapple.

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Island Pork with pineapple

Not every party is has a long invite list. If it’s a more intimate setting, how about seafood? Nothing better than Cajun infused Gumbo featuring Andouille, chicken, and vegetables, topped with a crawfish boil and served with corn on the cob.

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Cajun gumbo, crawfish and corn on the cob

Are you hungry yet?

Rodeo Wagon is here for your catering needs and to help take off the stress of preparing food for your next big event. We have a staple menu of meals people enjoy, but we also create customized menus to ensure your party is just as delicious as it is delightful.

Stay tuned for more foodie talks!