Catering for a Summer Garden Party with Lauren’s Catering

As the warm, sunny days of summer approach, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a garden party. Whether you’re planning a casual get-together with friends or a more formal event, the charm of a summer garden party is unbeatable. At Lauren’s Catering, we believe that great food is at the heart of every memorable occasion. With over 30 years of experience, we are excited to share some tips and insights on how to plan your catering for a summer garden party to make it a hit with our expert catering services.

Setting the Scene

First impressions matter. The ambiance of your garden party should be inviting and relaxed. Start by selecting a theme that complements the natural beauty of your garden. Popular themes include rustic chic, vintage tea party, and tropical paradise. Use decorations such as fairy lights, lanterns, bunting, and fresh flowers to enhance the atmosphere. Comfortable seating areas with cushions and blankets will encourage guests to relax and enjoy the setting.

Planning the Menu

One of the most crucial aspects of any event is the food. When catering for a summer garden party, you’ll want a menu that is light, fresh, and seasonal. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Starters and Nibbles:

  • Canapés: Offer a variety of bite-sized delights like smoked salmon blinis, goat cheese and fig crostini, and mini quiches.
  • Fresh Salads: A selection of colourful salads such as a watermelon and feta salad, quinoa and roasted vegetable salad, and a classic Caprese salad will add vibrancy and healthiness to your spread.
  • Finger Foods: Sausage rolls, chicken skewers, and vegetable spring rolls are perfect for easy snacking.

Main Course:

  • BBQ Delights: Grilled meats and vegetables are a summer staple. Think juicy burgers, marinated chicken, and veggie kebabs.
  • Gourmet Sandwiches: Offer an array of gourmet sandwiches with fillings like roast beef and horseradish, smoked turkey and cranberry, and a Mediterranean veggie option with hummus and grilled vegetables.
  • Pies and Quiches: Classic British pies and quiches are always a hit. Options like steak and ale pie, chicken and mushroom pie, and spinach and feta quiche provide a hearty choice.

Desserts:

  • Sweet Treats: A selection of cakes, pastries, and cookies will satisfy the sweet tooth. Lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownies, and fruit tarts are perfect choices.
  • Fresh Fruit: A platter of fresh, seasonal fruits is a refreshing end to the meal. Consider including watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and mango.
  • Ice Cream: Nothing says summer like ice cream. Offering a variety of flavours and toppings will delight guests of all ages.

Drinks:

  • Refreshing Beverages: Provide a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Homemade lemonade, iced tea, and fruit-infused water are great for staying hydrated. For a bit of sparkle, offer prosecco, sangria, and a selection of local beers and ciders.

Presentation and Service

How the food is presented can make a big difference. Opt for rustic wooden boards, elegant platters, and colourful bowls to showcase your dishes. Buffet-style service allows guests to help themselves, creating a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Alternatively, for a more refined touch, consider hiring servers to circulate with trays of canapés and drinks.

Special Considerations

When planning your garden party, it’s essential to consider the dietary needs and preferences of your guests. At Lauren’s Catering, we pride ourselves on accommodating all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergen-free options. Be sure to label each dish clearly so guests can easily identify what suits their needs.

The Lauren’s Catering Difference

What sets Lauren’s Catering apart is our commitment to quality and personalisation. We work closely with you to create a menu that reflects your tastes and preferences while ensuring every detail is perfect. Our experienced team handles everything for you, allowing you to enjoy your event without worry.

With 30 years of experience, Lauren’s Catering has built a reputation for excellence. Our attention to detail, passion for food, and dedication to customer satisfaction ensure that your summer garden party will be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Get in Touch

Ready to plan your summer garden party? Contact Lauren’s Catering today to discuss your ideas and get started on creating the perfect event. Whether it’s a small gathering or a large celebration, we’re here to make your vision come to life with delicious food and impeccable service.

Let’s make this summer unforgettable with a garden party catered by Lauren’s Catering!