Open-plan, open house: host a relaxed summer lunch

Hosting at home doesn’t have to mean a three-course menu and hours in the kitchen the night before – if you’re more relaxed, your guests will be too. Margo loves having friends and family round for long, help-yourself summer lunches that are just as much for the host as they are for the guests. 

Hosting at home doesn’t have to be stressful.

Team up with your guests

Let everyone get involved in setting up for lunch, from chopping ingredients to making sure there are enough chairs – the more people helping out, the sooner you can sit down to eat! ‘Our open-plan room means we’re not shut away in the kitchen while our guests sit and wait – we’re all spending time together as soon as they arrive to help prepare food and set the table,’ says Margo.

Keep it simple and share

Let your guests decide how much they want to eat, with large bowls of easy-to-share food. Margo makes big batches of a couple of different recipes so that everyone can help themselves at the table – and it’s easy to go back for seconds and thirds! 

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Photography: Dan Duchars
Styling: Louisa Grey
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