How to throw a street party

Party platters, boozy punches and beautiful bakes to share. If you're planning to get together with your neighbours then we've got all the nibbles you'll need for the perfect street celebration!

How to throw a street party

Summer's here and we Brits know how to make the most of it with a good old-fashioned street party. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy good food, good company and good fun. It might seem a daunting task trying to cater for a neighbourhood but split it into these easy categories and delegate, delegate, delegate. Ask everyone to contribute their special dish or drink, get out there and get to know your local community, in style!

Savouries for sharing

Party platters and finger food are especially handy for street parties. People tend to focus on the sweets and treats, however these savoury nibbles deserve pride of place on any table. Classic British recipes, modern twists and fresh summer flavours are what it's all about.

Coronation chicken scones
Thyme & caramelised onion mini Scotch eggs
Tear & share pasty
Sweet potato Tex-Mex salad

Remember to cater for vegetarian guests as well, with veggie party recipes even the meat-eaters are sure to love.

Summer showstopper

If you want to finish your feast with a flourish, treat your guests to a celebration cake that everyone will want a piece of. Traybakes can be handy for slicing and serving with ease, like this raspberry and white chocolate bake. If you really want to steal the show, go for a stackable sponge with plenty of fruity filling.

Summer showstoppers...
Summer party cake
Peach & red berry ice cream cake
Polka-dot strawberry cake

Beat the heat

Ice lollies aren't just for kids. Keep cool during the party with easy, refreshing ice pops, ice creams and lollies. Get kids involved in making these super simple treats. Why not try these irresistible guava & passion fruit lollies? If you're looking for something sweet and creamy, you could also have a go at this impressively easy fruity Neapolitan lolly loaf. They're all here in our best-ever lolly guide.

Alternatively, treat yourself to an iced cocktail with these boozy lolly recipes:

Mojito ice lollies
Strawberry & Prosecco ice lollies
Piña colada ice lollies

Kids

Kids can share the fun and festivities with these easy bakes that are sure to disppear before you can say, 'pass them here!' Try a firm favourite, like carrot cake cookies  or these little-finger-friendly pea & ham pasties - full of familiar flavours and easily scoffed with minimal mess.

Get the kids in the kitchen making:
Homemade pink lemonade
Strawberries & cream cheesecake jars
Pinwheel pizzas

Drinks

Cocktails, cordials and punches are the order of the day for a street party. Supply a variety of fruity drinks, both boozy and non-alcoholic that are easy to prepare for large groups and can be topped up when necessary. If you're a fan of the traditional, you can try our guide to perfect Pimm's which offers tasty variations.

More party-worthy punches...
Cucumber, mint & melon punch
Raw raspberry shrub
Rumberry punch
Homemade elderflower cordial

Do you have any top tips for putting together a street party? Let us know in the comments below...

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