Pasticcini with vanilla pannacotta

The Great British Garden Party

Garden party inspiration for the Great British Summer

Girl eats cake at a garden party

Food and parties go hand-in-hand!

Entertaining friends and family in your garden this summer? You’re not the only one. I’ve seen a spike in orders for pasticcini as many people opt to entertain at home, rather than navigate finding a table outdoors!


If you’re looking for savoury snacks to go with your petits fours, here’s some inspiration from local Cambridge businesses that can help you out with a platter (or two).


It’s time to hang out the bunting!


Cantab Catering

Cantab Catering has a wide-ranging menu of hot and cold food, which is perfect for a garden party or event.


Forget images of standard finger food and buffets—they can provide mouthwatering hog roasts and you could feed the 5,000 with one of their paellas. Maybe an exaggeration but they’re great nonetheless.


Great quality produce, beautifully presented platters, and creative menus. It’s a thumbs-up from me.


Bridges Cambridge

Bridges cafe is a local gem and their platters are simply delicious. Fresh sandwiches, fruit, and divine canapes can be arranged in droves to keep your friends and family satisfied.


It’s a family-run business and the service is always friendly. Everything they serve is made by hand, fresh on the day. 


They also source as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers (organic when possible), so by ordering their platters, you’re supporting not just one but many local businesses.


Pasticcini with vanilla pannacotta

Pasticcini are perfect for a garden party

Biscotti di Debora 

Want dessert? We have you covered. Our top recommendation for a garden party dessert is, of course, our petits fours. They come in a variety of flavours so you’ll find something to please everyone—mini pannacotta, filled choux buns, fruit tarts.. And the mini meringues are naturally gluten-free. 


If you want a larger cake to complement these bitesize treats then we won’t judge. The Meringata is the perfect summery dessert, with the lightest meringue, fresh whipped cream and a layer of summer berries.

A selection of cakes at a garden party

Or you could just have a dessert table…


Ready to get planning? You’ll find links above directly to the pages you need.


Garden party pictures by Helena G Anderson. @helenaganderson