Summer Party

Have your own Summer Beach Party at Home

We do love to be beside the seaside! The situation we find ourselves in may have put a crimp in your summer plans, but with our handy guide to throwing your own summer beach party at home, you’ll be set to be the host with the most as you pull off the perfect get-together for your friends and family (within government guidelines of course!).

You can’t have the seaside without two things: water and sand! So a small
paddling pool is a must. A sandpit is great, or you can get some play sand fairly cheaply online, and spread it out across a sheet.

Get that seaside colour with some bunting (coloured paper triangles stuck to twine work brilliantly) or make some paper chains. Kids will enjoy these easy crafts, and it will make the party a family affair.

Don’t forget music! Spotify has playlists for all types of summer vibes. Here is our
recommendation for your party:sptfy.com/summerbeachparty
It’s got songs everyone will recognise!

Summer Beach Party
What to eat and drink
Fish & Chips

For that real seaside experience, try (healthy) fish and chips! Here’s our recipe (serves 4):

• Scrub four large baking potatoes and chop into chunky wedges.
• Put the wedges into a roasting tin and toss with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper, and then bake in a preheated oven at 200˚C (180C fan) for 35-40 minutes, turning half way through.
• Meanwhile, beat 1 large egg and mix with 2 tbsp of cold water.
• Spread 75g dried breadcrumbs on a plate, and season with a little pepper.
• Take 4 skinless fish fillets (cod or haddock), and dip them in the eggand-water mixture, and then the breadcrumbs.
• Lightly grease a baking tray with a little vegetable oil. Put the fish on the tray, and add to the oven when you turn the potatoes, so they cook for around 20 minutes.

And there you have it - tasty, healthy fish and chips.

Serve in newspaper for that authentic beach experience!


Sweet and summery, this cool and refreshing apple fizz will be a hit with all the family (and it’s easy to make, too!):

• Mix 30ml cordial (any cordial is fine, but we love elderflower), 200ml apple juice and 300ml sparkling water.
• Chill or add ice cubes and top with thin slices of apple. Cheers!

For grown-ups, we’ve got a treat for you, too. Gin and tonic lollies (serves 6):

• Stir 75ml gin, 250ml tonic and 2 tbsp caster sugar until all the fizz goes.
• Put a slice of cucumber, a raspberry and a mint leaf (optional) in each part of a six-hole lolly mould.
• Pour the gin and tonic into the six moulds, add lolly sticks and freeze for at least 6 hours. These will keep up to 2 months in the freezer.

Drink
Make a Pinata
Pinata

Is there anything more exciting than thwacking a piñata? Well yes: making a piñata yourself, and then thwacking it! It’s so easy, the kids will love to help.
What to do:

• Mix 475g flour, 475ml water and 1tbsp salt in a large bowl so it’s quite smooth.
• Tear a newspaper into 3cm-5cm wide and 15cm-20cm long strips.
• Inflate a balloon.
• Dip the newspaper strips in the paste, and cover the balloon completely in a crisscross pattern. Do this 4 or 5 times, allowing each layer to dry before you add the next one.
• Leave the knot at the end of the balloon uncovered - this is so you can remove it later.
• Once you’ve built up your layers, leave it to dry completely. This might take a few days!
• Once dry, it’s time to decorate. First, paint it. Simple poster paints work well. Once the paint has dried, glue crepe paper to your piñata. Cut or tear strips of crepe paper and glue them on.
• You can find lots of inspiration for how your piñata could look online, or you can design something of your own. Be colourful!
• After the crepe paper, you can add other things, like googly eyes or coloured tissue paper flowers if you like.
• Now it’s time to fill the piñata! Pop the balloon, and remove it through the hole where the knot for the balloon was. Now pour in the goodies. We love to use little sweets (avoid using unwrapped sweets) or treat-size chocolate bars, but you can also add (very little) toys, streamers, confetti, stickers and any other small items you want.
• Once these are in the piñata, punch two small holes around the main hole. Tie a string or ribbon to the holes to create a small loop for hanging.
• Cover the hole with a strip of crepe paper or masking tape, so the treats don’t fall out until the piñata breaks.
• Tie another, longer string to the loop you made earlier, and hang it outside. And that’s it: your piñata is ready to get thwacked!