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Looking for inspiration to cater for a crowd over the festive period? Whether you're hosting a pre-Christmas party, laying on a buffet for Christmas Day, creating a spread of leftovers for Boxing Day or entertaining for New Year's, these buffet recipes and ideas will satisfy a range and tastes and dietary requirements
Hosting a gathering ahead of the big day itself? For an evening drinks party, visit our Food Made to Order range and make things easy with ready-made canapés, light bites, cheeses and puds.
If your guests are hoping for a more substantial plate of food, perhaps for a Christmas Eve get-together, take the hassle out of serving dinner by laying on a buffet of meats, pre-prepared veg, sides, salads and accompaniments.
Serve a centrepiece such as our poached and dressed salmon side, and finish with mini tart selection so everyone can have an individual dessert.
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Keep it classic with our stuffed turkey crown that comes in a foil tray ready to go in the oven. Serve alongside a beech smoked muscovado glazed gammon, with parsnip rosti stars, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, roast carrots & parsnips, sprouts and cranberry sauce. Let everyone help themselves by serving in large dishes, so you don't end up plating up for everyone and sitting down to your dinner after your guests have nearly finished. It'll save the row over who wants sprouts, too.
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We've got you covered. Discover new ideas and twists on the classics, from a stunning Beetroot Wellington, to Squash'age Rolls and a gluten-free sausage wreath, sure to add some theatre to your table. Browse the range now >
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On Boxing Day, leftovers rule the roost. No one wants to spend hours again in the kitchen, and there'll surely be enough food left over to put together an indulgent spread for family and guests who pop in throughout the day. Try these recipes and products to make it an easy day if you're hosting.
For recipe inspiration, visit our hub to find out how to use up leftover cooked meats, fish and veg in tasty pies, soups, stews and curries. There are also some great ideas for using up your leftover puds and sweet treats.
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Don't be caught out when unexpected guests arrive at the door. With our mixed wine cases you'll be covered for every style – at Cellar by Waitrose & Partners we've curated our mixed cases with you in mind. And don't forget to add a bottle of your favourite spirit or stock up on beers, bubbles and alcohol-free options while you're there.
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If no one feels like sitting down to a proper dinner, take some inspiration from our Food Made to Order range of snacks and nibbles. Sandwiches, wraps, salads, vol-au-vents and antipasti could be just the antidote to the previous day's indulgence.
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If you're not yet done with chocolate boxes and sweet indulgences, we've got a great range for you to choose from. Try our new Chocolatier's Edition box or pass round the lemon & rose turkish delight – sure to satisfy every taste bud. Stock up on Christmas classics such as Cadbury's selection box and Lindt truffles. Just in case of course – you don't want to run out now do you?
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Set the tone for 2019 with an unbeatable New Year's Eve buffet. Nothing looks more elegant than rows of neat sushi, cute canapés, a fruit platter, an inviting cheeseboard, and a centrepiece dessert. Guests can help themselves so you can enjoy your evening. The only thing you'll have to do is keep an eye on the clock!
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Mini dressed crab >
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