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The end of summer brings a fun and festive energy that is unique to any other time of the year. And because the weather is beautiful and sunny in just about every part of the country, entertaining almost always takes place outdoors. For me, it’s one of my favorite seasons to host a get-together with friends; no matter how many friends or family members I am expecting, there is a certain ease with taking the party outdoors.

If you haven’t already hosted a dinner party under the stars or had friends over for cocktails in the grass, there is no time like now to do so. To inspire you, I’ve shared some of my favorite simple tips and fresh ideas for dressing up your next outdoor gathering with new life.

At a Cocktail Party

1. Create Outdoor Seating Areas

For a classic cocktail party, I love to arrange outdoor furniture into seating areas as though you were in a living room — regardless of whether I’m in the grass or on the patio. Accessorize the furniture with throw pillows and add color to coffee tables with pretty objects or vases of flowers. Passing hors d’oeurves to seated guests is easy when they’re all together. You can also place platters of appetizers on the tables for guests to help themselves.

2. Let Seasonal Flavors Inspire Your Menu

At a cocktail party, the most important thing is to have a well-stocked bar! When hosting a party outside, I love to do a fun signature drink, like sangria, or a fresh fruit purée mixed with cold vodka. Add color to the drinks with delicious garnishes like herbs or fresh peach slices, and then add pretty details like colorful paper straws with flags (pictured, left). These festive drinks celebrate the season and help set the mood for the whole night.

3. Set Out (Lots of) Snacks

Placing a number of small bowls of bar snacks along the people up and mingling at the bar, too. I love easy snacks that can be made early in the day or purchased in advance such as spicy baked chickpeas, olives, and homemade cheese straws (pictured, right).


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Raspberry & dark chocolate cheat’s ice cream terrine

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip

Make the most of al fresco dining with a vegetable platter with flatbreads and a lovely mustard and dill dip. It's a perfect sharing platter in summer

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours