Boursin Bruschetta Bar

When you invite friends over for the evening, having to cook for a group can feel a bit overwhelming.

You’re busy enough as it is, everyone has different likes, dislikes, allergies and preferences.

Couple that with a group of friends who, lovely as they are, couldn’t organise their way out of a wet paper bag, never mind turn up on time… and you have something of a dilemma.

A sit down meal is too much, a bowl of crisps won’t quite cut it. What do you feed them?

Well, how about a build your own supper?

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Last night I put on a late night nibble spread.

On the roof.

Under the moon.

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Complete with iced rosé.

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This post is a collaboration with Boursin (the French soft cheese company I’m always waffling on about).

They knew I already adored their garlic & herb cheese, but wanted to know what I thought of the Black Pepper variety and if I’d do a post on how best to serve it.

Well, I’d never tried any! I always went for the green packet.

So, I raced out to the shops to get some, and brought it home for some serious experimenting (honestly, it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it).

I came up against a serious issue.

There was no way I could post about just one way to serve the Boursin! It was too versatile.

I was going to have to put on a serious spread*.

*Pun most definitely intended.

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A veritable feast of Boursin’s best buddies.

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Crunchy fresh bread.

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Smoked salmon with a little dill & chopped lemon.

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Sliced up baby toms.

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Ripe avocado, doused in lemon juice and sprinkled with rock salt.

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Berries, honey & chopped nuts.

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And of course, the main event.

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Is there anything more beautiful than a table heaving with food, flowers and candles?

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Probably, but it’s certainly one of my favourite sights.

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Everyone got stuck in to the treats on offer.

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Avocado, fresh pesto and tomatoes was a particularly well loved combo!

Even putting the flavour combo aside, it’s bursting with nutrients to make your skin, hair & nails spectacular.

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I built an all-meat and a little extra pepper combo for my chap, who wolfed it down happily!

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But the real gem of the night was pudding.

Go with me on this. It may sound unusual, but it’ll knock your socks off!

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A good dollop of Boursin, topped with berries, drizzled in honey and sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts.

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The creamy cheese makes it feel utterly indulgent, the berries and honey add light summer sweetness, the nuts give a gentle crunch and the pepper doesn’t come through until the very end. Leaving you with the most amazing after-taste and a longing for more.

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Any meal where you don’t even have to leave the table to serve dessert is ok by me!

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We grazed long into the night.

Chatting, chewing and cheersing to anything we could think of!

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You could come up with endless combinations and toppings for your own Boursin Bruschetta Bar.

Give it a go and let me know which one ends up being your favourite!

Oh, and if you fancy a proper French supper for two, enter their Le Gavroche competition sharpish.

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  • What a spread, Rosie! I love build your own dinners. I’m thinking of hosting one at my parents house in the country this summer for some friends. I’ve just got to hope the summer sun comes back!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Rosie

      It came back Lauren, you’re on! 😉 xx

  • Kassie

    Haha, I’m always the one raving on about this stuff! The garlic one is good, but nowhere near the black pepper. It’s so good as a sauce on pasta, and even better on toast because it melts a little. Once I spread some on Camembert and baked it.. unbelievable! x

    • Rosie


      Marry me.

  • Oh my, I think I just died and went to heaven! I love Boursin! I feel a birthday picnic treat on the beach coming on this weekend! Thanks for the ideas Rosie! x Jersey Girl x

    • Rosie

      That sounds like the dream! Send snaps!

  • Oh my goodness that looks so good – I love the stripy tablecloth too (the devil is in the details after all!!). I love Boursin but like you I usually stick to the herbed version, I’ll have to keep a look out for the black pepper and put on a spread of my own! x

    Laura | Loved By Laura

    • Rosie

      Stripes on EVERYTHING forever! xx

  • I love boursin with fruit and honey – such a great combo! And what a great idea to host a build-your-own dinner – such a beautiful setting too xx

    • Rosie

      Thanks DB! x

  • Holly

    What a beautiful setting! I read the whole post just imagining spending the evening with friends, a bottle of wine and a similar spread. It definitely is a must this summer!

    H x

    Along Came Holly

    • Rosie

      I’m so glad you agree Holly.
      If only we could do a HUGE one and invite everyone! Perhaps we should petition Boursin to do just that…

  • I bet you had a lovely evening!! My mum has bought Boursin a couple of times, when she hosted dinner parties!!

    • Rosie

      Clever Mum you’ve got, Anna! x

  • So romantic! My beau and I do something similar when we go on vacation and we don’t want to eat at a restaurant – put together a little market picnic and eat outside or at the hotel. Looks delish!

    • Rosie

      Holiday picnics are the best!

  • I love meals like this. All picky foods that are so good!

    Katie x

    • Rosie

      The only problem with meals like this is that it’s so hard to stop! x

  • I love Boursin but like you have always stuck to the traditional green packet! Defo gonna try the salt & pepper variety. Dying to try out your pud combo!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • Rosie

      Oh my goodness, you will LOVE it Adele! Let me know how you get on. x

  • Meels

    Love the tablecloth, love the styling, love it all x

    • Rosie

      *grins* thank you! x

  • everything looks so amazing!

    i’d love for you to check out my blog!
    Georgia x | Georgia Nicolaou Blog

    • Rosie

      Thanks G!

  • I always have such a problem with people turning up on time for dinner parties…!! Though at my pop up supper clubs people tend to arrive on time, luckily, as cooking for 20+ people each time needs strict timings! Wish I could serve a spread like this at my pop ups, but it’s such fun creating a whole four course meal for my guests 🙂

    • Rosie

      Sounds like you have it down to a fine art, Rosie!

  • I don’t know if they have sundried tomato and basil wheat thins in the UK, but they are AMAZING with the black pepper boursin…I usually try to stay away from so much processed food, but it’s a snack to die for!

    • Rosie

      Holy Moly Paige. I must try this immediately!

  • RachelLoves

    Golly, such a lovely spread – it is always such a drag to cook for so many people! Looks like you managed it with total aplomb. Chin chin!

    • Rosie

      Merci Rachel!

  • What a spreeeeeeead, please can I come next time?! ha. Somehow can actually imagining that dessert being rather tasty! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • Rosie

      It’s so good Andrea, try it! xx

  • I’m so jealous you have a roof terrace. That’s the one thing missing from my London life – I so miss having outside space in summer. Eating al fresco is the best and this is my perfect idea of supper!

    Katie <3

    • Rosie

      Ugh I lusted after one for literally years, and I treasure the outside space so much now!
      Keep an eye out, you’ll find yours! x

  • This looks delish, and I love boursin so will defs have to try.

    • Rosie

      Let me know what you think! x

  • I love the garlic. But I’m going to give the black pepper a try! I love evenings like this with friends. I need to do it more often. Thanks Rosie!


    • Rosie

      So funny that everyone I’ve spoken to is like us Erin, they love the garlic but never try the Black Pepper. You will love it, trust me! x

  • Woah, woah, woah. You have killed this! Build your own is my idea of entertaining, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have to look good too!

    • Rosie

      Totally agreed Kiara! If anything it’s easier to make it all look pretty, because you don’t have to worry about cooking timings! x

  • Your rooftop looks so heavenly!

    • Rosie

      Thanks D! x

  • This spread looks so delicious! I love Boursin as well!

    • Rosie

      Thanks C! x

  • Kate

    What a fabulous idea for a dinner party! Really lovely way to celebrate summer, and cheese!


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    • Rosie

      Thanks Kate! x

  • Megan Gurr

    I’ve never tried Boursin, but after seeing this spread I’m itching to do exactly the same!

    • Rosie

      You won’t regret it Megan!

  • What a beautiful spread, you did it with such style. I can imagine your home decorating skills are top notch!

    Krissie x –

    • Rosie

      Well, I don’t know about that! But I did just buy some striped curtains… so hopefully they’ll look nice!
      Just need to convince the boyfriend to put them up for me… x

  • Boursin, wine, candelight, meat- this is such a dream! Everything I love in a picture story. Herb Boursin is the BEST! And the photos are lovely.


    • Rosie

      Thanks Em! x

  • Looks like a gorgeous evening – love this super easy idea! Perfect for summer too!

    • Rosie

      Thanks Millie x

  • This is SUCH a perfect idea! Absolute winner for those warm summer evenings we’ve been enjoying <3

    Sophie Cliff

    • Rosie

      For sure!You have to make the most of British summertime!

  • So romantic!

    My Pretty Mess Diary by Joanne Catherine |Bloglovin|

    • Rosie

      All that moonlight! 😉

  • phoebe davies

    This looks absolutely amazing! I wish I’d been there haha x

    Phoebe | Phoebe’s Diaries

    • Rosie

      Me too Phoebs!

  • Liz

    This is such a great idea!

    xo, Liz

    • Rosie

      Thanks Liz!

  • This spread looks absolutely incredible, the dessert topping is so unusual but I’d love to try it out!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

    • Rosie

      You’ll love it Tessa! x

  • Mara

    I like this one the most! 🙂

    • Rosie

      OMG. I’ve never even seen this??!

  • This looks dreamy! Perfect for summer evenings

  • This looks like one of the funniest nights every! Beautiful spread.

    I can’t think of anything cheese-y to say so I’ll just stop 🙂

    x Anna –

  • This is such a good idea!! Good job on being so creative with the bruschetta bar!! 🙂

  • Maireem Maneje

    This looks kind of romantic 🙂 love it 🙂

  • Perfection! Love the candles and rooftop. How great 🙂

  • Ashlee

    What a lovely view with delicious food!!

  • This is such a good idea, its so simple but looks amazing!

  • Cassandra

    It’s also amazing with peppadew peppers! That’s what we call them in America anyway. As well as inside the individual beef wellingtons I make. Not being a fan of blue cheese I replace it with Boursin whenever a recipe calls.

  • Looks like you had everything you need for a perfect night with friends!

    I’m a big fan of garlic and herbs Boursin – so tasty.

    City Cookie x

  • Beautiful al fresco party x

  • Amazing blogpost as always Rosie. You should definitely try dates smothered in boursin garlic and herb. It sounds like a pretty weird combo, but it’ll knock your socks off xx

  • Amy@PeachyBeaches

    All of the candles and lights bring the magic to a party! (I live for the battery powered ones you have displayed by your beautiful flower arrangement.)
    Can’t wait to try your Bruschetta Bar as apps for a big family get together next weekend in Chicago . I am thinking Rosie’s BLT salad bowl as another topping could be great addition? Plus more cheese, please!

  • inthedark

    Love your manicure!

  • Looks like the perfect evening! I love the decor and everything looks simply amazing 🙂

  • Mmmmmm… I always end up being hungry after reading your blog!

    Heba xx || The Heba

  • The black pepper cheese is my favourite… all I want now is a breakfast, just like that (the smoked salmon and lemon in particlar). Lovely spread! Xx

    Olivia –

  • This is such a nice idea for a get together, I love the idea of building and creating your own dinner when you have lots of guests round!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Caroline

    Love this! The trees on your terrace are beautiful – what kind are they?

  • So pretty! Grazing is the best way to eat…if you know how to stop! I’ve used garlic and herb as a substitute in carbonara, its great.


  • Tilly Miller

    Hi Rosie

    I was just wondering where you got your pepper grinder from?!


  • Chastity Beene

    What a lovely dinner party! I must do this with my hubby soon.

  • This looks gorgeous! I absolutely love Boursin and these are such delicious ideas. I love the salmon one 🙂 xx

  • Lisa Kristin

    This looks so lovely, and like the perfect dinner party! I would definitely not mind an invite to a party like this… it’s beautifully laid out, beautifully presented – and beautifully delicious!

    Lisa x

  • I absolutely love your posts Rosie. I feel like we really get taken along your everyday life, and I’m always so excited to see what the next post will bring. Oh, and your “pudding?” IT LOOKS SO GOOD!

  • Love Boursin!! You sure know how to put out a spread haha, I’m inspired!

  • mycitymylondon

    Oh wow! How romantic and magical! Almost forgot about the food and concentrated on the view and the setting:) I would come over and help you finish the left overs:):)

  • That’s such a great idea, the build your own dinner! I’ll have to keep that one in mind definitely.


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  • TheGivingBride

    I love simple suppers like this-one of my favorite ways to eat. 🙂

  • Aww man this looks so tasty. Your blog always makes me hungry.

    Love Hayley,

    Water Painted Dreams

  • Sounds like the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

  • tiffanytales

    Delicious! I’d have never thought to serve it with berries – nice idea.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Oooh this looks so delicous. Rosie x

  • Sunny Hong

    I’m doing this for my birthday soon, thanks for party tips Rose 😀 always your fan <3

  • Victoria

    This looks incredible!!! Such a lovely idea, just need to find a setting like that so that I can attempt an evening just like it!! I adore Boursin and usually go for the herb one but it seems as though the pepper one may be just as versatile if not more so! I’ve often said to my mum that I’d love all of my food at my wedding to be Boursin based! 😀 —- on a side note, I read your blog quite often (always with a glass of bubbly in hand). I’m an expat over here in sunny Florida and it gives me warmth as though I’m back in England for a bit! I have to say, I think it is so lovely that with the amount of followers you have on here and IG that you take the time to respond to each of them!!! There’s no doubt you’re busy and I think it says a lot about you!! 🙂

  • Yum looks delicious! Love the idea of a bruschetta bar 🙂


  • John

    Great photography. Kudos to whoever sets up and takes the pics!

  • I really want to do something like this with my friends one day!!