Foodie tips for throwing the best Christmas party ever

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Be the hostess with the mostess with our Christmas party advice...

Fish goujons

© Canapés

If you are hosting a Christmas or New Year's party, follow these top food and drink tips to make sure your guests have the best night ever.

We spoke to top foodie and author of Canapés cookbook Victoria Blashford-Snell, to find out her festive entertaining advice...

Top tips for hosting a party

1. Don't worry about serving any food for the first half an hour

Ensure your guests get into the warm and grab a festive drink before you start thinking about passing food around.

2. Make sure you provide a refreshing and interesting non alcoholic option

This will make the party far more enjoyable to those who aren't socking back the booze!

Try sparkling elderflower mixed 50/50 with ginger beer, ice, a slice of lime. Or try cranberry juice mixed with grapefruit juice and ice. Or if you're feeling adventurous a virgin cocktail.

London Fashion Week cocktail

3. Clear as much space in your home as possible.

It may look empty before the guests come but you're going to need the space once the party starts.

The more prepared you are before the more fun and relaxed the party will be for you.

4. Choose your menu well in advance so you can get things done bit by bit when you have time.

Try stocking up on the ingredients you'll need well ahead when you see them on offer to avoid a last minute rush and save some money.

Dukan courgette and cheese bites

5. Don't try to serve all warm canapes

It means you'll never leave the kitchen. Have half cold canapes and half hot.

6. Accept any offers of help on the night.

Friends love to feel involved and they came to your house to see you!

7. Remember napkins!

Canapés, by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Eric Treuille, published by DK, £14.99,

Canapes cook book book jacket



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