Planning a Pride party? London's Pride celebrations kick off on 29 June 2024, and what better way to celebrate all things LGBTQIA+ than with a range of colourful recipes for a crowd that are sure to spark utter joy. Make everything from showstopping bakes and desserts created by our LGBTQIA+ contributors, to rainbow-hued snacks and colourful drinks.

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Best Pride party recipes

Chocolate and peanut butter snack cakes

When it comes to showstopping baking ideas, first-ever Bake Off winner Edd Kimber is a go-to. The olive contributor and LGBTQIA+ community member makes a snack-sized iteration of peanut butter chocolate cake, inspired by a retro American cake called Ring Dings. Each square is embellished with a colourful corner of sprinkles to add a final flourish.

Chocolate Snack Cake Recipe with Peanut Butter

Mango shrikhand

We can’t think of a more suitably apt dessert for a Pride party than Gurdeep Loyal’s mango shrikhand. This creamy Indian-inspired dessert made from strained yogurt sits atop a rose-scented, chewy pavlova, and is then finished with toasted almonds and coconut shavings for crunch. This is a stand-out dish to serve to guests to round-off your dinner party.

A pink pavlova topped with mango on a white cake stand with a white background

Negroni sbagliato

The negroni sbagliato “with prosecco in it” bubbled to fame in 2022 with the help of Emma D’Arcy and TikTok, and its rising appearance on bar menus proves the hype for the Campari-based cocktail is here to stay. Make sure to use larger ice cubes for this drink – they'll melt more slowly – and remember the signature orange twist to garnish.

Two Negroni Sbagliato cocktails sitting on a wooden table

Garden summer rolls

Our garden summer rolls will certainly give you a taste of the rainbow – each rice paper roll contains edible flowers, herbs, prawns and vermicelli noodles – and will stand out on any party platter. We’ve served ours with a peanut and soy dipping sauce, but you can swap it for a sweet chilli dip instead.

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Rows of summer rolls next to a peanut dipping sauce.

Gildas

What could be simpler than a three-ingredient Spanish-inspired snack? Our gildas contain anchovies, olives and guindilla peppers, and pair well with a Martini Rosso or vermouth-style cocktail. This simple and effortless bite never fails to impress.

A selection of olives, peppers and anchovies on cocktail sticks with a bowl of almonds and three glasses of vermouth

Woo woo

Excellent for scaling up for a big crowd, this classic 1980s-inspired cocktail gets its sweetness from peach schnapps and cranberry juice. This vodka-based concoction is perfect for those who prefer something fun and a little fruity. Its pinky hue gives a colourful nod to the Pride flag, too.

Two pink cocktails in tall glasses garnished with a slice of lime

Vegan chocolate cheesecake

Richard Makin’s vegan cheesecake is an excellent plant-based alternative to regular cheesecake. Using silken tofu instead of soft cheese, the filling also has rich, dark chocolate for an incredibly smooth texture. Serve with toasted hazelnuts and you’re good to go.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Baked feta board

Forget baked feta pasta: we’re on to bigger and better things, like this baked feta board. Featuring a big, salty block of melted feta in the middle, this board can be created with a variety of snacks, such as fruity crackers, baked figs, halved baby cucumbers and whatever else you like. It’s sure to go down a treat with guests.

A baked block of feta on a board with figs, crackers, almonds and sliced cucumbers

Tequila sunrise

What’s a party without tequila? This cocktail is fruity, floral and has a big personality, with distinctive layers of orange juice and grenadine. To really make the flavours pop, make your own grenadine. It’s much easier than you think – try our recipe.

Tequila sunrise cocktail in glass with orange and cherry

Rainbow stuffed banh mi

Our Vietnamese-style banh mi goes as big on flavour as it does in colour, featuring an array of bright, refreshing vegetables with thinly sliced rare roast beef. Served with a tangy dipping sauce, it’s the perfect sandwich for the warmer months, and it's easy to scale up for a crowd. Buy a larger baguette and cut it into individual portions.

Banh Mi Recipe

Mezcal, pineapple and jalapeño smash

Want to level up your mezcal game? Try our lip-smacking pineapple and jalapeño flavoured cocktail. The smoky notes from the mezcal complement the grilled pineapple, while the gentle heat from the jalapeños adds a fiery kick. It’s simple to make, and can easily be mixed into a jug cocktail for a crowd.

A mezcal cocktail with a grilled pineapple garnish

Halloumi kebabs

Our elevated halloumi kebabs are a contrast of salty cheese, sweet-and-sour pickled peaches and spicy chipotle-thyme yogurt. Served on skewers, these would make an excellent finger food at any Pride bash, big or small.

Grilled halloumi, pickled peach and chipotle-thyme yogurt kebabs

Passion fruit martini

This popular passion fruit cocktail is a firm crowd favourite. The vibrant colour and tropical fruit garnish makeit a refreshing addition to any party. Use a dry sparkling wine for the shot of fizz instead of prosecco – it adds a touch of flair and we promise it’s worth it.

Two martini glasses filled with passion fruit martini, topped with passion fruit half

Warm white bean dip with chorizo and prawns

Forget the sad plastic tubs of hummus, salsa and soured cream, and rejoice with our recipe for warm white bean dip with chorizo and prawns. This impressive plate is totally appropriate for a party, and can be made ahead of time. Serve with crusty bread.

Bowl of white bean dip topped with prawns and mini chorizo sausages

French martini

Feeling a little fruity for Pride? Our classic French martini recipe is a simple, fragrant blend of raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice and vodka. You can easily swap out the vodka for a non-alcoholic white spirit, too.

Two French martinis with a cocktail shaker in the background

Paprika crisps and fennel crudités

Our easy, smoky paprika crisps with fragrant mojo verde sauce are great for entertaining recipe. They can be whipped up in just 10 minutes, with no need to turn on your oven or hob. We like how bold and eye-catching the dip is, too.

Crisps coated in paprika on a platter with fennel and a ramekin of mojo verde

Picnic dip jars

These picnic dipping jars do double-duty as decoration and appetisers. We’ve suggested three colourful variations: pea guacamole, smoked salmon and dill, and roast pepper and almond. Each of these make a great addition to a party platter, or as a portable snack for Pride events outside of your own kitchen.

Picnic dip jars with pea guacamole

Purple rain

There’s nothing quite as striking as the purple rain cocktail, so make this cocktail for added colour. The combination of blue curaçao and grenadine gives it the distinctive violet hue. If yours isn’t purple enough, try halving the amount of curaçao and doubling up on the grenadine.

Three different shaped cocktail glasses filled with a purple drink, ice cubes and lime wedges on a blue background

Spicy cheese and pickle wraps with crunchy pickle dip

Who doesn’t love a pickle? Here, we've wrapped juicy dill pickle spears in a crispy, cheesy coating for added crunch. It’s our summer version of meat-free pigs in blankets, and it’s a great alternative to more traditional canapés.

Board of cheese wrapped pickles next to a dip

Paloma cocktail

Mix up a cooling, Mexican-inspired paloma cocktail this Pride season. Known as the margarita’s softer, breezier cousin, the tart citrus notes from the grapefruit make this a longer, more invigorating drink compared to boozier counterparts.

Two peach-coloured cocktails in short glasses with salted rims and a wedge of grapefruit

Beetroot, yogurt and lime dip

This wonderfully pink dip packs in as much flavour as it does colour. We’ve added garlic, yogurt and spring onions for an aromatic, creamy dip. Serve with grilled halloumi and crudités of your choice for a simple crowd-pleaser.

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Beetroot, Lime and Yogurt Dip

Beer and rock salt pretzels with camembert dip

There’s nothing quite as satisfying than sinking your teeth into a soft, doughy pretzel. We’ve made ours using dark beer instead of water to create a sweeter dough. To turn things up a notch, we've also used the beer in the indulgent camembert dip, which makes a great centrepiece for a party table.

Soft Pretzel Recipe with Cheese Dip

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