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We all love to gather with friends and family, whether it's a casual catch-up, festive celebration, or a fancy foodie feast. Here we share our helpful entertaining tips and recipe inspiration to help your dinner party, BBQ or 'drinks and nibbles' go smoothly. 

Planning tips



  • Things always take longer than you think, so allow a little extra time for preparation and planning.
  • Adopt the ‘buy some, make some’ mantra. There’s no need to cook a menu entirely from scratch.
  • If you’re serving canapés, allow five per guest for a one hour function, or eight for two hours. 
  • Stock up on non-perishables. Christmas cake, crackers or biscuits are good to have in the pantry in case of unexpected guests.
  • Ease your workload by including a couple of items that can be made up to a day ahead, or have ‘do-ahead’ elements that can be put together just before they go to the table.
  • On the day



  • If you're serving a main meal, allow around 45 minutes between guests arriving and sitting down to eat. This gives everyone time to mingle and settle in.
  • Cheese is best served at room temperature, so remove it from the fridge at least two hours before serving.
  • If you are having a BBQ or serving food outdoors, make sure you check the weather forecast and allow for a plan B. Have sunblock, rugs and insect repellent available if needed.
  • Thirsty? Tips  for serving beverages



  • Serve your guests a welcome cocktail or mocktail as they arrive. It adds to the festive vibe and will make feel special.
  • Let guests make their own cocktails. Have a few favourite recipes on cards, and all the ingredients on hand.
  • Make sure you have some soft drinks or juice available for a non-alcohol option.
  • Ensure that you have plenty of ice. You don’t want to run out in those hotter months.
  • Place fruit, herbs and flowers in an ice tray, then fill it with boiling water and keep it in your freezer for a night. Out will come beautiful, clear ice cubes with surprises frozen in the middle!