Summer's here and we Brits know how to make the most of it with a good old-fashioned street party. It's the ideal 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, then get out there, get to know your local community and get into the party spirit!

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Look at our street party recipes for inspiration on the perfect party, including sharing platters.

Planning

union jack bunting

Organising a street party just for residents and neighbours is very simple and does not need a licence. Your local council may require you to complete a simple application form to hold a street party.

The number one tip for holding a party is planning early and sharing jobs amongst residents. We believe it is best to organise an informal meeting with the entire street to involve as many people as possible.

Important roles to delegate are menu-planning, entertainment preparation (popular ideas include music and a quiz), street decoration (read our guide on how to make bunting), seating areas for the young and elderly, and games.

If you need a temporary road closure, get in touch with your council at least six weeks in advance – this is to allow them the time to prepare. Your first point of contact could be either the council’s highways, licensing, events, or communities’ team. If you encounter any difficulties, speak to your local councillor, who will be happy to help.

You should not need a risk assessment – if consideration is given to the safety needs of all those attending, common-sense precautions should be enough. It is not a requirement to have public liability insurance, nor is it required to have a food licence.

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Check out your guide to organising a street party, for more information.

Savouries for sharing

Basket filled with scotch eggs with runny yolk

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 the table. Classic British recipes, modern twists and fresh summer flavours are what it's all about.
Mini quiches
Thyme & caramelised onion mini scotch eggs
Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip
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.

To give a hand to the neighbours responsible for preparing all these glorious treats, why not add some extra bulk to the party with some of our best-rated supermarket picnic food.

And why not display these delicious nibbles on our top-rated melamine dinnerware and outdoor tableware pieces?

Summer showstoppers

Layered cake with iced topping with strawberries and biscuits

If you want to finish your feast with a flourish, treat your guests to a celebration cake that everyone will want a piece of. Whether you're an avid baker or are trying a new skill, a good quality cake tin is essential, so why not peruse 16 of the best cake tins for show stopping bakes and our list of 20 handy gadgets every baker needs to own, plus our best cake stands for elevating your creations.

More summer showstoppers:

Summer party cake
Peach & red berry ice cream cake
Polka-dot strawberry cake
Gooseberry jam, muscat & mascarpone cake

Beat the heat

Iced lollies on a bed of ice

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 our 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 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
Watermelon lollies

Kids

Jars of cheesecake topped with strawberries

Kids can share the fun and festivities with these easy bakes that are sure to disappear before you can say, 'pass them here!' Try a firm favourite, like our berry & chocolate loaded cookies or these little-finger-friendly popcorn chicken bites, full of flavour and ideal for sharing.

Get the kids in the kitchen making:
Homemade pink lemonade
Strawberries & cream cheesecake jars
Crumpet pizzas
Little jam tarts

Drinks

Jug filled with mix of fruit

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. Celebrate in style with our tried and tested choices of the best champagne or save some pounds while keeping the same excitement by serving one of our best rated bottle of prosecco. Why not bulk up your supply with our selection of the best canned cocktails?

Try party-worthy punches...
Cucumber, mint & melon punch
Rumberry punch
Homemade elderflower cordial
Summer punch

For smooth serving, why not peruse our selection of the best cool boxes to avoid rushing in and out of the house.

Sharing mains

Asparagus quiche on a peach coloured plate against vibrant background

A street party offers the best opportunity to share (and show off!) your favourite recipes with friends and neighbours. Celebrate summer with a fabulous selection of al fresco summer recipes, including fresh salads, quiches and pies. These dishes are designed for sharing:

Asparagus, feta & dill quiche
Spiced spinach & potato pasty pies
Cauliflower wings & zesty lentil salad
Salad shirazi (tomato, cucumber & red onion salad)

Take a look at our selection of the best trifle bowls, as they're highly versatile and make brilliant salad bowls.

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