We love large dinner and cocktail parties in colder months, but there’s nothing better than a casual and intimate outdoor lunch in the summer.

Invite three loved ones over for a midday get together any day of the week. Don’t worry too much about the table settings – think simple elegance, and definitely fresh flowers.

As for the food and drinks – we have the ladies of Bite Me More to thank. The recipes we have selected below are refreshing, uncomplicated, naturally gorgeous, and can be put together outside by the grill.

And of course, let’s not forget the fashion: there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable and fidgety in your entertaining outfit. Visit us in Hamilton and Toronto for the perfect pieces and style advice to match your summer lunch.

Place your gin in the freezer hours before your lunch and make sure you have fresh lemons on hand so you can greet guests with Limoncello Gin Martinis

Use your market-fresh heirloom tomatoes for a Summer Tomato Salad with Burrata and Kalamata Olives.

Fire up the grill for a quick and delicious Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce. Serve this with wilted greens or a simple grain salad made the night before.

Finish your daytime lunch off with a Fresh Strawberry and Apple Crisp and whipped cream, or for a lighter dessert skip the crisp and serve fresh strawberries with whipped cream in martini glasses.

This laidback style of entertaining puts the most important things – friendship, conversation, and laughter – at the forefront of your time. That’s what it’s all about!