Summertime Garden Party Menu

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A summer party should be easy, stress-free and permit ample time to spend with your guests. Enjoying the weather outside with friends and homemade food is what I think makes summer memorable.

Recently I attended a garden party with some of my fellow blogger friends and it was so much fun that we decided to share our day and menu with you.

Meet the Girls:

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Christina – Christina’s Cucina, Valentina – Cooking on the Weekends, Kelly – Tasting Page, me, Judy – My Well Seasoned Life.

There is always something new to learn from your friends when it comes to entertaining. Watching someone prepare a dish is a great way to acquire new tips and tricks in the kitchen.

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We laughed, cooked, and in classic blogger style, photographed our way through a delicious meal. Our easy recipes below are perfect for summer fun. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Garden Party Recipes:

Welcome! I’m Kelly from Tasting Page, and happy to kick off the Summertime Garden Party with an all natural fruit focused beverage.
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My blog focuses on unprocessed, real food recipes and this one is no exception. This refreshing summer drink uses no refined sugar because we have all the sweetness we need from ripe mangos, juicy oranges and a squeeze of lime. Mint brightens things up and jalapeño throws in some spice. Depending on the summer soiree you’re looking to have, you can top this with sparkling water for some effervescence and clear-headed thinking, or have some fun, and throw in some tequila to get the party started.
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Hi!  I’m Valentina from Cooking On The Weekends. Working with whole foods and seasonal ingredients, my focus is creating unique and comforting food for casual entertaining.

Valentina Cooking on the Weekends
I love rich and intense flavors, and serving them in ways my guests will never forget. This scrumptious summer appetizer is no exception — creamy goat cheese, sweet and spicy heirloom tomato preserves, and fresh mango make it a bite to remember!

Valentina Cooking on the Weekends
Sweet and Spicy Tomato-Mango, Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

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I made a summertime Fresh Tomato & Strawberry Gazpacho because of its simplicity and refreshing flavor. It only takes three basic ingredients whirled in a blender to create an appetizer bursting with lip-smacking goodness. Make this ahead of time and simply serve it straight from the refrigerator when your guests arrive. A French recipe inspired me to think outside the box from a traditional Spanish gazpacho.

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Fresh Tomato & Strawberry Gazpacho Recipe

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I’m Judy from A Well Seasoned Life, where I write thoughts and stories on food, travel and many points in between.

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I made Lamb Skewers with Mint and Feta Salsa for our party. I love to make this dish for the lamb haters out there. After one bite, I’ve heard my guests proclaim, “this is the best beef I’ve ever tasted!” It can be served as a starter or main course, depending on how large you want to make your skewers. Serve it at your next party for beef and lamb lovers alike.

Lamb Skewers | My Well Seasoned Life
Lamb Skewers with Mint & Feta Salsa Recipe

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Hi I’m Christina from Christina’s Cucina, a Scots-Italian who has been baking since I was 7 years old.

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Today, I’m sharing a fresh fruit and meringue dessert to end your meal. I was inspired to create this dessert based on a recipe card I saw while in the UK at a Mark’s and Spencers grocery store. It’s fresh, light and balanced, and should be a perfect way to end your Summertime Garden Party! Enjoy!

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Summer Berry Meringue Roulade Recipe

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No matter what you decide to serve at your soriee, remember,
“Friends are the best ingredient in the recipe of a party”.
…and then, she paused for thought.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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26 Responses to Summertime Garden Party Menu

  1. Christina @ Christina's Cucina July 31, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    This was too much fun! Love your photos, Cathy! Let’s do this again very soon!

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks Christina, I am looking forward to our next soirée.

  2. Kelly Page (@TastingPage) July 31, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    So true – friends indeed are the best ingredient in the recipe for a party. Such a good time. I’m already dreaming of the next event together!

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      Always fun hanging out with you. Can’t wait for our next party.

  3. cookingontheweekends July 31, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    Cathy, this looks excellent. What a fun time we had! LOVED your gazpacho with those ever-so-perfect little strawberries. Can’t wait till the next gathering. XO

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks Valentina, everybody’s dish was delicious. We need more parties.

  4. Nanette July 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    Nice job everyone, great seeing how it ll came together.

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      Thanks Nan, there will be videos coming as well to show how we made each recipe. Stay tuned.

  5. Maggie Zeibak July 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    Wow, I’ll bet there was some serious food energy with this group!

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

      Yes, Maggie we had some serious food mojo going on.

  6. Sophia July 31, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    Mouth watering recipes and pics…love it

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Thanks Sophia its not too late to have your own garden party! (hint, hint 🙂

  7. Julie Grose July 31, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Beautiful ladies making beautiful food together – thank you for sharing your hearts with us, enjoyed seeing every photo and every recipe! Quick question to Christina on the Summer Berry Meringue Roulade……. must the meringue be baked and served the same day? Sincerely, Julie

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

      Julie, here is Christina’s reply; Tell Julie it’s best the same day; as long as it’s refrigerated, it should still be fine the next day, but I’m not sure because I honestly have never had any leftover! 🙂

  8. Christina Peters July 31, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Looks beautiful! Super yummy!

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

      Thanks Christina we were having a blast. Glad it turned out beautiful.

  9. tobeginwithin July 31, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

    Wow! What a beautiful spread! Well done ladies!

    • Cathy Arkle July 31, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

      Thank you, we had a blast creating it.

  10. sippitysup July 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    What a beautiful spread. I can tell you had a blast from the smiles on your faces. GREG

  11. Judy at My Well Seasoned Life. August 1, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Great photos. What a wonderful day filled with friends, food and fun.

  12. Sue @ It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake August 2, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful group – and the food looks amazing too! 🙂 Seriously, several recipes here I’m going to have to try…the Lamb Skewers and your Gazpacho…perfect summer entertaining dishes!

    • Cathy Arkle August 2, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

      Thanks Sue! I think you will love all of the recipes!

  13. shockinglydelicious August 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Wonderful, the whole thing!

  14. Cathy Arkle August 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    The whole thing was wonderful, I have to say. Food bloggers make some of the best friends. 🙂

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