Are you spreading some Christmas cheer this year and holding a festive party or community event? In this blog we are going to share some great tips and ideas for Christmas party food, whether it is a children’s party, inviting the neighbours for drinks and nibbles or a family gathering for tea on Christmas day there are some lovely seasonal treats for you to serve.
We all love the traditional finger foods, sausage rolls and vol-au-vents etc and you can buy huge varieties of party food from all superstores nowadays but it is nice to make the effort to offer some original hand cooked nibbles for your guests, of course the best thing about making things yourself is you can tweak the recipes to make sure you have all your favourite Christmas ingredients.
Help from the little ones
Finding recipes and food ideas that Children can get involved are always a hit, children loved to be involved in the kitchen so put the Christmas music on and pop on their aprons.
This cute reindeer snacks are easily make with a cheese triangle, pretzels for the antlers, 2 little pieces of black olive for the eyes and a piece of red pepper cut in a circle for the red nose.
Ritz crakers with piped creamed cheese, celery and triangles of salami make these great looking santa snacks.
Krispie Christmas Trees
Make some Christmas trees with this great idea using rice krispies squares, see how they are done here.
Upside down gingerbread men transformed into reindeer! All you need is a red lolly or glaced cherry for the nose and a bit of icing!
Quick eat this snowman before he melts! Marshmallows, sweets and small biscuits are needed for this bite sized snack.
Quick and Easy
Christmas is such a busy time of year and it’s nice to be prepared and not have to spend hours planning and preparing food for your festive party.
If time is an issue then use frozen or fresh ready prepared pastry, a great time saver and you don’t comprise on flavour of the homebaked look.
Christmas Cheese Tree
A great idea for presenting cheese, each layer of the tree could be made of a different cheese variety.
Onion and Brie Palmiers
These look really impressive, taste delicious but are very easy to make, find the recipe here.
Sticky Cranberry Sausages
Having made this quick and easy Nigel Slater recipe last year I can vouch for how easy they are to make and how great they taste, the cranberry jelly and red onions make a lovely sweet sticky sauce with a festive flavour.
Swiss Cheese and Ham Appetizers
An effortless snack to serve, find out how here.
This is one of my personal recipes and unbelievably easy, a firm favourite with all my family at Christmas and so quick to make. Melt a slab of stilton in a saucepan, turn off the heat and add in a tub of crème fraiche – quick and easy homemade stilton dip!
If you want to serve up something that looks a bit more refined then how about some of these delicious looking hors d’oeuvres, I am not saying they will be quick or easy but they do look fantastic!
Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites
An amazing alternative way to serve cheese and biscuits.
Find out how to make these savoury treats here.
These bread based cheese and fish nibbles look too good to eat, visit the Great British Chefs to get more canapé ideas.
Avocado and Cherry Tomato Salsa Wonton Cases
Get the recipe for these exquisite looking wonton parcels.
Mulled Wine Sorbet
A lovely festive flavoured dessert from Jamie Oliver
Cupcakes and Desserts
Of course no Christmas party is complete without some delicious sweet treats.
Mini Christmas Puds
Another great idea from the Great British Chefs, left over Christmas pudding shaped and decorated to make a delightful dessert.
So simple but so adorable, these strawberry santa’s will go down a treat!
Okay we know that you can’t beat Christmas cake and mince pies but delicious festive cupcakes are always a welcome extra. Although some of the cupcakes featured below are not necessarily easy to make I couldn’t resist showcasing these delightful cupcakes!
And if you are having cake then you need to wash it down with a lovely steaming hot chocolate, preferably in front of an open fire!