<blockquote><b>Quoting melindapple:</b>" DH and I are tossing back and forth ideas for food for DD's bday. We don't want to do catering because ... [snip!] ... lol) Or maybe hot dogs/brats DH said I should do something in the crock pot like sloppy joes or pulled chicken. Ideas?"</blockquote>
We always grill hamburgers and hotdogs. (Their birthdays are in July) we also have potato chips and then the cake.
Quoting melindapple:" Sorry it will be April in Michigan, so it's really a toss up. It could be rainy/cold or warm. I have no idea. ETA: But we have access to a commercial kitchen (it's at a dinner theater)"
I would just do some chili, hot dogs, maybe burgers. lots of toppings and then some veggies or pasta/potato salads
sloppy joe isn't a bad idea..we usually do that..or shredded chicken sandwiches or ham sandwiches..then sides we do potato or macaroni salad, baked beans, deviled eggs and cheesy potatoes (all pretty easy) and then veggie and fruit trays and like pretzels/chips and dips.