Garden Party

As the days get longer and warmer who can resist inviting friends and family round to celebrate the start of spring? So mow the grass and hang the bunting, it's garden party time. 

Garden Party

Party food

Every good garden party needs a table crammed with tasty nibbles, here are our delicious. favourites.

Creamy mushroom filo tartlets

Creamy mushroom filo tartlets

These cute vegetarian tarts are great for a light lunch, as a starter, or as part of a buffet.

Coleslaw

Coleslaw

Crunchy coleslaw makes an ideal side to a main meal such as glazed ham, or sits perfectly within a buffet.

Spring onion and bacon scones with cress, cheese and chutney

Spring onion and bacon scones with cress, cheese and chutney

These scrummy scones can be served on their own as a snack or as part of a buffet or party food selection.

Cheddar sliders

Cheddar sliders

These mini burgers make an inexpensive but impressive party dish

Potato salad with radishes

Potato salad with radishes

It may sound simple but this easy and refreshing potato and radish salad is perfect for a buffet or entertaining.

Rice salad with smoked peppered mackerel

Rice salad with smoked peppered mackerel

This substantial yet healthy dish is scented with Indian spices. It makes a great alternative to a traditional rice salad if you're planning on catering for a party or buffet.

Egg with mustard mayo and cress

Egg with mustard mayo and cress

Even the kids will apppreciate this classic '70s heaven.

Coronation chicken with mango and lime

Coronation chicken with mango and lime

Using an entire poached chicken ensures the coronation stays wonderfully moist and moreish.

Waldorf potato salad

Waldorf potato salad

The addition of potatoes in this up-styled waldorf salad makes for a more substantial dish.

Cucumber and radish slaw

Cucumber and radish slaw

This slaw makes a great addition to any dinner party spread, particularly the tea-poached salmon.

Tea poached salmon

Tea poached salmon

A side of salmon is a real showstopper. This recipe uses tea to bring an old classic bang up-to-date.

Cucumber and radish slaw

Cucumber and radish slaw

This slaw makes a great addition to any dinner party spread, particularly the tea-poached salmon.

Ham, cheese and mustard muffins

Ham, cheese and mustard muffins

Your party guests will love these oh-so-savoury ham, cheese and mustard muffins.

Pesto, mascarpone and tomato pastry wheels

Pesto, mascarpone and tomato pastry wheels

Superb vegetarian snacks for your party.

 


Party puds

Round off a tasty buffet with these perfect springtime puds.

Strawberry blancmange

Strawberry blancmange

Another modern take on an old classic that shows off strawberries to their best.

Lemon and lavender meringue roulade with blueberries

Lemon and lavender meringue roulade with blueberries

The lavender and lemongrass in this roulade elevates a simple meringue pudding into something really quite special.

Scented cupcakes

Scented cupcakes

Gently flavoured with lavender sugar, lemon or rosemary, these gorgeous mini cakes look as good as they taste.

Lemon syllabub and passion fruit trifle

Lemon syllabub and passion fruit trifle

Trifles have never tasted so exotic - the unique sweetness of passion fruit runs through this luscious dessert. A must try recipe.

Fruit jelly trifle

Fruit jelly trifle

Trifle is a quintessentially British dish and no English soiree should be without one.

Hot cross scones

Hot cross scones

These combine the deliciously moist, crumbly texture of home-baked scones with the fruity flavours and spicy overtones of hot cross buns.

Classic scones

Classic scones

Try this classic recipe.

Little honey and pistachio cakes

Little honey and pistachio cakes

These sweet Middle-Eastern style cakes provide a light dessert and the perfect end to a three-course meal.

White chocolate and raspberry swiss roll

White chocolate and raspberry swiss roll

A delightful swiss roll recipe, this sweet treat can be frozen so you can make it in advance to use for a later occasion.

Simple roasted rhubarb and lemon curd pots

Simple roasted rhubarb and lemon curd pots

The tangy rhubarb is a great match for the creamy mascarpone rippled with sweet lemon curd.

Coconut pavlova with tropical fruit

Coconut pavlova with tropical fruit

The delicate flavour of coconut transforms this pavlova into a tropical-flavoured pudding.

 


Garden party drinks

Enjoy a refreshing glass of something with friends.

Old-fashioned ginger beer

Old-fashioned ginger beer

Lashings and lashings of home-made ginger beer is a must for any self-respecting picnicker.

Fresh raspberry and lemon fizz

Fresh raspberry and lemon fizz

A refreshing drink to serve al fresco whether you're having a party or a barbecue, or you're just relaxing in the garden.

Lemon barley water

Lemon barley water

A easy-to-make recipe for a refreshing summer's drink.

Home-made lemonade

Home-made lemonade

You can use grapefruit instead of lemons to make this delicious and easy to make lemonade

Frozen watermelon shake

Frozen watermelon shake

Get your guests in the mood for fun with this delicious cocktail made of watermelon, the juice of some limes, and some rum.

Fruity milkshakes

Fruity milkshakes

Enjoy these quick and healthy milkshakes using strawberries or raspberries - watch the kids faces when the mixture turns pink!

Kiwi, apple and mint juice

Kiwi, apple and mint juice

A quick and tangy juice with oodles of vitamin C topped with fresh mint.

Mango, pineapple, ginger and lime juice

Mango, pineapple, ginger and lime juice

A quick-to-make exotic fruit juice that gives a warming kick, thanks to the ginger.

Iced peach tea

Iced peach tea

Iced peach tea is the perfect drink for a sultry day, whether you're a southern belle or city gent.

Zingy orangeade

Zingy orangeade

Try this zesty orangeade with a hint of the exotic.

 

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