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Slimming World's smoked salmon, cottage cheese and rocket rolls

Throwing a birthday party, Christmas party, New Year party or just having a few people over? Take a look at our easy party food recipes. We've got lots of quick canapés and finger food ideas for you to try and some impressive birthday cakes and celebration cupcakes too.

 

How to throw a successful party

 

  • Start a list: Be super organised and start a list. From guests to food, write down as much as you can possibly think of that you need to buy or make so you have everything all in one place. This will keep your stress levels low too.
  • Decide what to make: In terms of food decide what recipes you're going to use. Are you going to make a buffet style spread? Are you thinking of hosting a sit down meal? Or is it a kids party full of nibbles and picky bits and bobs. Have a browse through our collection for inspiration!
  • Shopping: It's time to go shopping. From burger buns to jelly for the ice cream, from napkins to cutlery, this is part is where you buy the bulk of your party spread. And you can do it on a budget too.
  • Time to get making: Make sure you know exactly how long each recipe is going to take you and start with the most timely first. If you can multi-task do so and you'll save yourself a lot of time. Make anything that needs to be frozen or set the night before the party.
  • Get decorating: Time to decorate the place! Hang bunting up high, pull out your best table cloth and set the place up to look like a party scene.
  • Great the guests and serve the food: It's always good to have nibbles ready on the table like nuts and crisps so if your guest are feeling peckish as soon as they arrive they can help themselves whilst you finish making the last few bits. Serve up warm food or food that is likely to melt e.g. ice cream, last thing.
  • Enjoy yourself: Make sure you grab some food, a cocktail or two and enjoy yourself. All your hard work has paid off so now it's time to relax with family and friends.

 

 

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