I have SO many recipes and ideas for things that are easy and delicious to make for a party that I thought it would be useful to do a quick round-up now just ahead of New Year's Eve.
These are not only easy and delicious but will be something a little bit different to normal canape fare - and I also believe that by this stage in festive proceedings, most people are more than ready for some fresh flavours and spice after a few days of rich - but bland - food.
Here's two of my favourite cocktail recipes:
And my very favourite snack to have ready and warm when guests arrive is spicy cashew nuts.
Really easy to prepare ahead - chop and slice everything and then just fry before serving warm - is this larb gai. It's a spicy warm salad and if you serve small portions in little gem lettuce leaf 'cups' it's a fresh and different canape.
A really nice veggie version are these mango, chilli and lime cups. Just make sure to only prepare an hour before serving so they don't go mushy!
And I love chicken or pork stir fried with garlic and served (again) on little lettuce leaves. Really tasty and different!
Oops! Can't believe I nearly forgot these pork and prawn sesame toasts! Classic - and easy to prepare ahead and then fry just before serving with a little soy sauce for dipping.
And to end ... how about these little balls of deliciousness, pimped up however takes your fancy?!
But the main thing is to host a party with love and spirit - so I'm sure your guests (and you) will have a great time no matter if you just put out bowls of crisps!
If you do try any of my recipes, I'd love to hear if you and your guests liked them so please comment below or come over and chat at my FB page.