How to throw a summer garden birthday celebration

There’s something magical approximately eating outside. it can be on a blanket flung out in a park or at ‘a desk set out underneath a tree in the front of the house’, as the Mad Hatter and the March Hare had it earlier than Alice so ungraciously gatecrashed – al fresco consuming inspires a feel of journey in any cook dinner.

How to throw a summer garden party

if you’re making plans a garden party, look no in addition for suggestion. Seven of britain’s main cooks and food writers, from Mary Berry and Angela Hartnett to Diana Henry and Sybil Kapoor, have shared their preferred recipes for a feast. And Susy Atkins has decided on the exceptional British bottles to serve – such as a divine gin liqueur.

Plus, layout thoughts to deck out your birthday party out in style. read on…

Diana Henry’s Scotch eggs with warm curry mayo

Perfect scotch eggs with a spicy dip

Rosie Birkett’s smoked trout salad with Jersey Royals, asparagus and garlic purée

Try this seasonal combination for a satisfying salad, with boiled new potatoes and flaked fish

Anna Jones’ grilled avocado with barley salad

A clever idea for avocado, especially if you've got the barbecue on 

Mary Berry’s roasted vegetable quiche

A classic summer tart with a light cheese filling

Sybil Kapoor’s lavender meringues with strawberry cream

A wonderfully summery and delicious dessert, starring strawberries marbled through cream, and a subtle lavender flavour

Alice Hart’s geranium leaf frozen yogurt with berry ripple

A fantastic twist on ice cream, featuring a sharp fruit ripple and tangy yogurt

Angela Hartnett’s lemon and raspberry tart

An elegant dessert with a creamy yet tangy filling and topping of fresh fruit

The excellent British beverages for summer time lawn party

Summer in a glass, courtesy of brilliant wines, beers, spirits and softies chosen by Susy Atkins

layout idea: picnic or garden celebration, right here are the quality al fresco buys

From bunting to bowls, and cake stands to garden games - your essential shopping list