Al-fresco, summer celebrations - perfect for Healthy & Delicious food or canapés...

When May tips over into June, some seriously sunny spells are on the cards. The garden really burst into bloom and beckons us outside for eating, entertaining and general enjoyment of the balmy days and lighter sultry evenings.

Whether it's a weekend family gathering, grown-up celebration, informal high tea or even a wedding, getting everyone into the garden or hiring out a gorgeous outside space can make for an idyllic occasion. Memorable, relaxing and infused with the heady scent of the English Countryside.

Al-fresco entertaining gives everyone space to mill about, a beautiful backdrop, room for any younger guests to play and hopefully an uplifting burst of fresh air and a warm sunny glow. Plus, as everyone knows, food always tastes better when it's eaten outside.

There's scope to keep things very simple, with just some picnic benches and a trestle table which can be laden with finger food and chilled drinks, or you can create a country garden style high tea with bunting, garden games and delicious cakes and pastries. For an elegant al-fresco dining experience (if the forecast is fair) why not bring the inside out with dining furniture and a couple of candelabra set up between strings of twinkling fairy lights?

If juggling the preparation and hosting along with all that cooking is a step to far - no problem. At Healthy & Delicious, we're well versed in the art of catering for any size of group and our fabulous, freshly prepared meals and canapés are all created with delicious, organic, flavourful ingredients, absolutely ideal for eating in the great outdoors.

It could be a case of opting for something simply, deliciously, family friendly like one of our large vegetarian lasagnas, followed by a fresh and zesty summer fruit Italian cheesecake. Serve alongside a gorgeous seasonal leaf salad in a peppery dressing, maybe some Italian olives and a glass of Italian wine. Everyone will love our gluten-free cheesecakes (you'd never guess they are!) and they look beautiful served up in the sunshine.

For something a little more theatrical, why not serve up a selection of our Healthy and Delicious vegetarian canapés? Bold and elegant, they're made from a range of exciting Italian ingredients and wonderful vegetables, enticing to the eye and satisfying to the appetite. A spread of these spectacular snacks, served up with plenty of chilled Prosecco and the ambience that comes with a summer's evening in the garden will ensure that your guests go home with memories of a wonderful evening, well spent.

We can help you come up with the perfect celebration supper menu, from starters to main dishes to fabulous desserts. Just give us a call or email us to find out more or place your order through the Healthy & Delicious shop

Here's to a wonderful summer...

PS. The inspirational garden images above are from Pinterest. Have a look at the 'Better Homes & Gardens' boards for more of the same.