10 Best Summer Garden Party Catering Menu Ideas

There is nothing more relaxing and pleasant in the summer than spending time outdoors. That also means that if you only can it is so much better to organize a party outside. If you can do it in your garden that is the most convenient place. But you can as well throw a picnic in a park and it can be equally delightful. The key to a good garden party is to hire a great catering service. Easy and convenient and you can have your party wherever you want to, stress-free. We have prepared 10 best garden party catering menu ideas to make your party even more amazing.

10 Best Summer Garden Party Catering Menu Ideas

A cherry on top of an outdoors party is creating a theme. You can achieve that very easily with decorations or seating arrangement. As well as food. There are many different dishes that will fit any idea that you may have for your party. 

10 Best Summer Garden Party Catering Menu Ideas

Fresh and Fruity


For an extremely scorching day, the best idea for food to serve is anything that is heavy veggie and fruit based and preferably you can eat it cold. You could go bananas and sit your guests down next to a table full of only fruits. Nevertheless, for a more filling experience try this fresh and delicious garden party catering menu.cruditesgazpachopopsicles


  • Crudites with dips
  • Caprese salad canapes


  • Salmon ceviche
  • Gazpacho


  • Fruit popsicles
  • Mint ice cream

Bohemian Backyard Party


With this party, the key to success is a seating arrangement and decorations. Create a very low table – you can easily make one from pallets and make seats from pillows. Try to decorate the place with a lot of candles and lanterns to create a cozy atmosphere. Fro this kind of party, you will be better of with serving every dish separately rather than as a buffet.


Starter: Beetroot and feta bruschetta

Main: Baked gnocchi with tomatoes and mozzarella

Dessert: Chocolate fondant with fruits 

Garden Tea Party


A lovely idea for an afternoon get-together. A tea party will be a great idea if you’re organising a family event or a reunion with old friends. It’s a relaxed yet elegant idea for a party.

Canapes Party

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  • Melon and prosciutto with blue cheese
  • Goat cheese and puff pastry bites 
  • Shrimp, avocado and cucumbers bites
  • Feta and sundried tomatoes cucumber rolls
  • Thai chicken wonton cups 
  • Sweet apple roses
  • Tartlets with berries
  • Chocolate mousse with strawberries

Sunny French Riviera

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Take your guests on a trip to a sunny south of France with some delicious Mediterranean dishes in a buffet style. Decorate the tables with fresh lavender and white table cloth. Do not forget about a great wine selection. No french food taste nearly half as good on its own as it does when paired with a delicious wine.


  • Tapenade on fresh bread
  • Zucchini baked with goat cheese 


  • Bouillabaisse
  • Grilled veggies with rosemary and garlic 
  • Grilled lamb shank 


  • Nougat with almonds
  • Lemon tart 

BBQ Party Catering 


No summer will be complete without a barbeque party. Just because you want to serve grilled dishes it does not mean you cannot make the party in a bit more official manner.  Also, the variety of absolutely delicious things that you can serve from the barbeque is surprising. So for your nest BBQ party say goodbye to sausages and say hello to our smoky and fragrant menu.eggplanttroutdessert


  • Grilled eggplant with saffron yogurt and pomegranates


  • BBQ taut with lemon and parsley 
  • Grilled sweet potatoes with mint, chilli, and garlic sauce
  • Greek salad


  • Homemade vanilla ice cream with grilled, honey glazed peaches

Vintage Garden Party


Our next garden party catering menu is one with a strong theme. If you like to dress up for a party, why not throw a vintage party with some delicious food on the table. Go for any of your favourite decades and decorate your garden accordingly. Do not forget about the music.

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Starter: Pear and gorgonzola galettes

Main: Baked lamb leg with rosemary and red wine sauce served with fresh spring greens

Dessert: Victoria sponge cake

Fairytale Evening Party


A recipe for a fairytale evening is quite easy: make sure you pack your garden with a ton of flights. It will make the garden warm and cosy, even for a cold evening. If you want to be extra adorable serve something with sprinkles or dessert. 


Starter: Cheese and meat board 

Main: Garlic lemon butter lobster tails served with asparagus 

Dessert: Elderflower cake

Picnic Party


If you are planning your party in a park or a seaside or anywhere in a natural setting outside of your own patio or garden a picnic is a great idea! You can get your garden party catering menu packed up, grab some champagne and few of the red-checked blankets and you will have the most amazing day.

Canapes Party:

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  • Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
  • Garlic butter shrimps on a baguette
  • Tabuleh 
  • Fresh spring rolls 
  • Roast beef and horseradish rye sandwiches 
  • Olives, feta, and goat cheese
  • Fruit salad
  • Apple puff pastries 
  • Mini doughnuts

Pool Party

pool party

If you want to party like American kids in the movies, nothing easier- throw a pool party! The especially cool idea when you’re on holidays with a bunch of friends. Warning, don’t eat and drink too much before swimming.

caviarsushichampagneStarter: Blinis with caviar 

Main: Assortment of sushi  

Dessert: Champagne with strawberries

Movie Garden Party 

Our last summer party idea is to make a movie night in your garden with a projector. For such a special evening you will obviously need a very special garden party catering menu. A nice idea to tie the evening’s theme with the food is to base some of the food on your favourite movie snacks.

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Starter: Eggplant rolls baked with feta and caramelised onions

Main: Pulled pork baked in sweet potato wedges served with homemade coleslaw 

Desserts: Smores mix and salted caramel popcorn 

If you are looking for more party inspiration have a look at our 5 Summer Dinner Party Menu Ideas: 5 Cool Menus To Impress Your Dinner Guests.

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