Canapés are always a delight, and a must have for cocktails/drinks evenings, parties and alike. Depending on how you structure your Christmas lunch/dinner, you may choose to offer canapés instead of an entrée. Here are some ideas to try:

Antipasto platter

An antipasto platter is a mix of picked and preserved vegetables, deli meats and cheese, often served with crackers and/or bread. You can make your own from scratch, or pre-order one from most delicatessens and supermarket:Try this link for antipasto platter ideas: 

Vegetarian Antipasto platter

You platter doesn’t need to contain meat. You can easily cater for vegetarians (and vegans) by creating a veg only platter. You can find some great ideas via this website (photo lifted from here too): Vegetarian Times 


Bacon and Cheese Mini Muffins

Mini muffins are great for parties and casual drinks. This handy muffin recipe also offers a way to use up Christmas (and other leftovers). You can download the recipe here: Bacon & CheeseMuffins

Mini sausage rolls

This is a personal favourite of mine. It requires a little bit of planning and time, but you can make them well in advance, freeze them and re-heat on the day. This one is available via the Donna Hay website (photo from site): Donna Hay’s recipe 


Parmesan Crisps

Are you looking for an easy to make snack to serve with drinks that’s just a little more interesting than potato crisps and nuts? Yes? Then give parmesan crisps a go. You only need two ingredients – grated parmesan and plain flour (GF flour is fine too.) You can add chives, rosemary or pepper to spice it up a little. Get the recipe (from

Spiced Nuts

Spiced nuts are easy to make, can be made in advance and stored, can can be packaged up neatly to give away as presents, or included in a home made hamper. These can be served hot or cold, and are a great addition to any party or drinks event. You can link to the recipe here: Spiced Nuts