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Christmas party food recipes

Christmas is the perfect excuse to throw a party but don't worry, it needn't be hard work. Our easy party food recipes are perfect for any occasion and budget - you just need to do a little planning.

Our Christmas party planning guide

 

1. Start a Christmas collection

 

There are so many different things you can make for a Christmas party - the possibilities are endless. One of the easiest ways to know exactly what you want is to collect all the recipes in one place. Start a Christmas collection in your goodtoknow Recipe Book to plan your party food.  



2. Work out your guest list

How big do you want your party to be? Knowing how many people are coming can help you decide the style of food you want to cook. Under 10 people and a nice sit down dinner could be nice, a hot buffet with big batches of food could feed around 20 people and if you're planning a big gathering, canapes and buffet favourites are the way to go.  


3. Set your budget

Plan how much you'd ideally like to spend on the food and work out just how much food you will need to feed everyone - you don't want too little food but you also don't want too much leftover. Once you know how much you want to spend you can start to think about the food you can make in that budget.

 

4. Don't forget the drinks
Drinks are another place where you can add a little Christmas magic. Mulled wine, eggnog, a few Christmas cocktails can add a lovely festive vibe.

 

5. Make in advance
If you've planned out all the food you're going to make, it's easy to start making some before the big day. Mince pies, tarts and sausage rolls can be made in advance and frozen - you'll really thank yourself on the big day!



6. Have fun!
No party is ever perfect, things are going to go wrong - but that's half the fun! Real Christmases are always messy so as long as everyone is enjoying themselves - that's all that really matters!

 

 

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  • Mulled white wine is subtley spiced and shows that mulled wine doesn't have to be red so try it for a change…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 20 mins

  • Parma ham and mozzarella bites make delicious no cook party food that are so easy to make, you'll be done in 10…

    Makes: 8

    Total time: 10 mins

  • Homemade beetroot blinis with garlicky mushrooms are really worth the effort. The fluffy blinis work perfectly…

    Makes: 30

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus resting
  • Mexican-inspired spicy salmon and guacamole cones take just 30 minutes to put together, but make impressive…

    Makes: 16

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus marinating
  • Crispy crushed potatoes with smoked salmon toppers and creme fraiche are a delicious party bite with a very…

    Makes: 18

    Total time: 45 mins

  • American-style mini bagels work well on a buffet table, packed with mustard, salt beef and gherkins for a…

    Serves: 25

    Total time: 10 mins

  • Hot and spicy chicken stewers are the perfect way to spice up your buffet table as they make a great change…

    Serves: 12

    Total time: 20 mins

    plus marinating
  • Homemade hummus is not as hard to make as you might think. The traditional Middle Eastern dip (sometimes spelt…

    Serves: 4

  • Here's quick and tasty Christmas Canape's with three different filling options all in one recipe!

    Makes: 30

    Total time: 25 mins

    (may need an extra 5 mins)
  • Want to give cupcakes as Christmas food gifts? Try this new craze for cupcakes in a jar. Once cooked, cut and…

    Makes: 8-10

    Total time: 50 mins

  • Crispy prawns with sweet chilli dipping sauce have a coconut coating and zesty dip for a tropical flavour

    Makes: 30

    Total time: 25 mins

  • Millionaire's shortbread is a favourite - combining decadent layers of shortbread with caramel and chocolate -…

    Makes: 9-12

    Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

  • For mulled wine with a kick, offer this warming drink to party guests to get them in the Christmas spirit!

    Serves: 6-8

    Total time: 15 mins

  • Coronation crab salad crackers are a no cook canape made from tinned crab spiced iwth curry paste and served…

    Serves: 18-20

    Total time: 15 mins

  • Thai chicken and lemongrass cakes are packed with oriental herbs such as fresh lemongrass and fragrant…

    Makes: 24

    Total time: 25 mins

    plus chilling
  • Mini lamb kebabs are the perfect party canape because they are quick to make and so easy to eat (no sticky…

    Makes: 24

    Total time: 25 mins

  • Wheat free mini muffins are stuffed with Parma ham and button mushrooms to make gluten free canapes that are so…

    Makes: 12

    Total time: 30 mins

  • These may look retro, but the flavour combo in these smoked salmon and pea vol au vents is back in fashion!…

    Serves: 18

    Total time: 20 mins

    plus cooling
  • Mulled white wine is subtley spiced and shows that mulled wine doesn't have to be red so try it for a change…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 20 mins

  • Parma ham and mozzarella bites make delicious no cook party food that are so easy to make, you'll be done in 10…

    Makes: 8

    Total time: 10 mins

  • Homemade beetroot blinis with garlicky mushrooms are really worth the effort. The fluffy blinis work perfectly…

    Makes: 30

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus resting
  • Mexican-inspired spicy salmon and guacamole cones take just 30 minutes to put together, but make impressive…

    Makes: 16

    Total time: 30 mins

    plus marinating
  • Crispy crushed potatoes with smoked salmon toppers and creme fraiche are a delicious party bite with a very…

    Makes: 18

    Total time: 45 mins

  • Homemade hummus is not as hard to make as you might think. The traditional Middle Eastern dip (sometimes spelt…

    Serves: 4

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