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Using recipes that are simple, fresh and light is the key to keeping your cool when hosting a summer dinner party. Even if you can’t eat alfresco, there are plenty of dishes that will bring fresh summer flavours to your table in no time at all.

Summer dinner party - drinks

Nothing is more welcoming on a warm summer evening than a chilled glass of something special. Pour one of Jamie’s summer classics, or take it to another level and have a go at making a batch of homemade cola. Whatever your tipple, serve in chilled glasses with plenty of ice.


Start your dinner party off with a light-bite – something that brings together the flavours of summer in a mouthful. Try Jamie’s classic recipe for hasselbacks, swapping out Maris Pipers for gorgeous new potatoes, or go for a bite-sized version of these simple broad bean bruschettas – seasonal and delicious!


Get your guests talking with a big sharing dish that everyone can get stuck into. Potted crab with asparagus is always a winner, or add a bit of spice and serve a batch of beef empanadas – perfect for sharing. If decadence is what you’re after, Jamie’s comforting tomato broth will tick all the boxes.

Summer dinner party - main course

Go all-out with your main course and treat your guests to something truly special. Whether it’s a gorgeous fillet of beef, rich salmon en croute or a succulent rack of lamb, plan ahead, and make your main one that’ll keep everyone happy. Need to cater for a guest with an allergy or intolerance? Our special diet recipes have got you covered.


Summer is the perfect time of year to whip up a seasonal dessert. If you’re feeding a crowd then make time-saving favourites like pavlova or granita your go-to. They’re perfect for carrying summer flavours like citrus, mint and berries, and can be put together well in advance, leaving you more time to enjoy yourself.

Fore more dinner party ideas, check out our collection of gorgeous recipes.


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