Few foods are better suited to summer garden parties than a good selection of fine cold canapés. Whether you're hosting a formal get-together for many or an intimate gathering of friends, cold canapés offers the perfect balance of convenience, quality, and sophistication.
All of our cold canapés make great accompaniments to sunshine and socialising, so it's hard to pick just five. But with summery flavours, colours, and culinary influences in mind, here are some of our top picks for summer parties this year.
Courgette parcels with sun-drenched tomatoes, ricotta, and basil
Inspired by the flavours of Italy, as well as the colours of the flag, this cold canapé is simply bursting with sunny influences. It's also ideal for vegetarians, balancing the tangy meatiness of sun-drenched tomatoes with the creaminess of ricotta and the evocative aroma of basil—all wrapped up in strips of courgette, our favourite "summer squash".
Parmesan and rosemary shortbreads with roast cherry tomato and feta
Another Mediterranean-inspired cold canapé, this one exudes culinary sophistication and balances a variety of complimentary flavours. Parmesan and rosemary shortbreads make for an elegant base for a whole range of cocktail canapés but, in this case, we've opted for a classic combination of roasted cherry tomatoes and feta cheese—evoking summer getaways to southern Europe.
Char-grilled Mediterranean vegetable tortilla
When it comes to cold canapés for summer parties, ease of handling can be just as important as anything else. Our char-grilled Mediterranean vegetable tortillas are the perfect finger food—clean and easy to hold but packed full of flavours and vibrancy, including summer vegetables like courgettes and peppers.
Crispy duck pancakes with cucumber, spring onion and hoi sin sauce
Crispy duck pancakes are a takeaway favourite but, with the fresh lightness of the cucumber and shredded spring onion, they're ideal as a summer cold canapé too. Served tightly rolled for ease of eating, the Peking duck and hoi sin sauce evoke a more exotic take on the sunny season.
Chocolate cups with raspberry, mango, and mascarpone cream
When we think about dessert canapés, particularly for summer parties, three things come to mind: fun, freshness, and sheer indulgence. Between the edible chocolate containers, juicy summer fruits, and creamy mascarpone, this one has it all. It's also an attractive, vibrantly colourful canapé to boot.
Once you've got your ideal selection of summer cold canapés, you might want to think about hiring a professional London catering company. All in Hand Catering based in Kensington provide a team of experienced butlers to serve your canapés from platters, along with drinks of your choice, to guests. They can also supply you with everything else you'll need—from napkins to cocktail tables and other extras.
For canapes catering delivery in Kensington and South West London, All in Hand Catering provide a large number of options, from VIP catering services, to classic canapes, hot canapes, wedding canapes and more.
On the other hand, cold canapés are uniquely suited to a delivery-only service if that's all you need. Freshly prepared to order, we'll deliver cold canapés direct to your venue ready to serve however you wish.