“We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun. But the wine and the song like the seasons have all gone” – ‘Seasons In The Sun’ by Terry Jacks.
All good things must come to an end, and the sun is setting on what was a fantastic summer. Why not bid your farewell with one last summer soiree, food, cocktails and all? Instead of the regular snags and salad, make this one a bit more special. Why? Because you can darling!
Whether you’re gathering up a huge group or keeping it intimate, we’ve got you covered with ideas to make it the party to say goodbye to the summer that was.
Summer Entertaining Recipe Ideas
Welcome your guests with a glass of The Umpires Chair cocktail. This creative twist on a Pimm’s jug is refreshing and super easy to make.
When it comes to food, bite-sized is the way to go. Of course you want your gathering to be a social affair and that means people up and about mingling with each other. Make sure there is an ample supply of napkins (we love these ones from IKEA) within reach to avoid messy fingers and awkward wiping on tablecloths!
Present these succulent Oysters with Soy and Lime Dressing as people start arriving, to get the party started right.
Here’s a pretty little appetiser if we’ve ever seen one. These Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Dill Creme Fraiche are a little bit of special for your summer soiree, and we must say go down very well with a glass of champas.
Move on to something more substantial
These Hoisin Chicken and Mushroom Rissoles can be put on a platter with serving spoons for easy eating – no need for a knife and fork.
In the hope that you’re not a bit prawned out, try these absolutely moreish grilled lime & chilli prawns. Remove the heads from the prawns and split them down the centre so there is no need for messy peeling when it comes time to devour them. Party food just got a whole lot better.
Fire up those grills one more time
You need this juicy barbecued butterflied leg of lamb – you just do. Tender and full of flavour, the roasted garlic and soy marinade gives it an extra sweetness that fuses perfectly with the lamb.
Since this is a bit more of a fancy do, we think you can up the poultry stakes with a bit of quail. Here’s some inspiration if you’re a little unsure – the Green Ginger Wine Marinated Quail Skewers. So so good.
When the weather turns, you’ll be turning your back on salad so make the most of the warmth with a selection of fresh greens. Try the greek-style mushrooms with haloumi salad. All you really need to do is throw the mushrooms and haloumi on the barbie and toss all of the ingredients together. Just make sure you cook the haloumi immediately before serving as it toughens up when it cools down.
Now the only thing you have to worry about is summer coming to a close (sad face). But that’s OK, pretty soon we’ll have you inspired with hearty winter dishes to savour.
Tell us, how are you going to celebrate the summer that was?