Summer dinner party menus

I asked a menu planning question about a week ago, and we had our party last night with much success. Now we're hooked and want to have another.

Hit me with your favourite summer dinner party themes and menus, bonus points for fancy-ish with 5+ courses or dishes.


  • Posted by: Imogen
  • May 16, 2016


Picholine May 19, 2016
Grilled Steak, Easy Shrimp Scampi with Cointreau,Fresh Basil Pesto on Linguini, Classic Caesar salad with a wedge of Parmesan on the side for guests to shave on themselves. Dessert Baked Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Ben M. May 16, 2016
The cold fish option sounds good. For the menu I was thinking a Thai style.
1. Coconut Lemongrass Kefir Lime Poached Barramundi (serve cold)
2. Pork and Mushroom Steamed Dumplings with a green chili dipping sauce (make ahead and freeze)
3. Vegetable Spring Rolls with thai basil, mint, cilantro and a peanut sauce (a great palate cleanser before the main dish and make ahead and keep in fridge for a few hours)
4. Drunken Noodles a fantastic spicy noodle dish
5. Mango and Sticky Rice to wrap up the meal
Imogen May 16, 2016
Brilliant, I love this.
caninechef May 16, 2016
Sorry, no particular theme but for multi-course elegance I vote for a cold fish course. Poached salmon with dill and/or cucumber sauce comes to mind or chilled shrimp of some description. Crab, lobster or mixed seafood salad served with avocado or tuna carpaccio. Book end this with a simple opener and a hot but unfussy entrée ( maybe grilled).
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