Planning your Christmas party food

Let us entertain you (and your guests) with scrummy canapés, easy made-to-order dishes and delicious nibbles. Who said Christmas planning was stressful? Explore our top tips, recipes and party picks below.

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Top tips to make your Christmas party a success

We all love throwing a Christmas party and this year, you can make a truly memorable event that family and friends will love. We’ve made a list of our top 5 Christmas party tips to help make sure that all your guests have a great time.

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1. Deck the halls

Make sure your guests know they're at a Christmas party by decorating the house with hanging decorations and fairy lights. Your decorations will set the scene for the party, and it will leave a lasting impression with your guests. If you are serving food, dress your table to impress with Christmas crackers and napkin decorations. For extra inspiration, Pippa Middleton has let us in to some of her Christmas decorative secrets. Have a look through and turn your event into a winter wonderland.

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2. Delight your guests with a Christmas cocktail

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and how better to celebrate the Christmas period than with a delicious cocktail? Try Heston's champagne punch for larger parties, or try making clementine bellinis for smaller events. Consider pitchers of cocktails for easy refills, and if you are feeling creative, come up with a festive name for your own cocktail - your guests will love the personal touch.

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3. Make your own party bites

Providing small bites is a great way to get your party off to a good start. If you want to make your own, there’s something for everyone. From chorizo, manchego and quince cocktail bites to omelette rolls with mozzarella and tomato, our simple recipes will inspire you to get cooking.

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4. Learn from the best

If you are looking for extra ideas and inspiration, copy those who do it best! Have a look through our Christmas TV section and find helpful videos, tutorials, recipes and more from celebrities including Heston, Delia, Dhruv Baker and Phillip Schofield. We love Phillip Schofield's Christmas drinks series - try making the sharing punch cocktail for your friends and family!

View our Christmas TV section >

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5. Bake gingerbread nibbles

A great way to keep your guests happy is to provide festive nibbles to snack on. Gingerbread is perfect for this, and it doesn’t take too long to make. Remember, the more creative, the better, and if you’ve got time, try making two types of biscuit. Decorating can be part of the fun too, so if there will be children at your event, a gingerbread decorating station will go down a storm. Find delicious gingerbread recipes that work every time, and delight adults and children with your creative side.

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Festive party calculator terms and conditions 

Wine bottle recommendation based on standard 75cl bottle.

As a soft drink option, we would recommend offering still and fizzy water, and a selection of juices with no added sugar.

We suggest allowing half a bottle of wine per head for receptions and canapés. This is a generous estimate so you might well have some left over for your cellar at home. It's also worth making a point of trying to balance red and white depending on the menu.

Looking for inspiration or advice on wine? Get in touch with one of our Cellar wine specialists - Call 03456 100 304 or email specialists@waitrosecellar.com

If you have a nutrition or diet question, get in touch with one of our nutritionists here

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