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Christmas party food ideas for the festive season

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Entertaining at Christmas can be a bit of a headache, especially if you’re in charge of feeding your guests.

But don’t let the thought of hosting put you off this year, as we have some really fun party food ideas to get yourself and your guests in to the festive spirit.

No longer will it just be mince pies and gingerbread men to grace the tables this year. We’ve got Christmas party food ideas to fulfil all guests and their preferences.

Whether you’re after something simple and quick like our mini chicken poppadom bites, or a little more show stopping like homemade mini Scotch eggs, there’s something for everyone!

We personally can’t go past a baked camembert (hello gooey cheese), the mini mushroom crackers for their adorable appearance (plus they’re tasty morsels), curry rarebit for something a little bit different, and the mini Christmas cakes to really impress your guests.

If you’re looking for more Christmas inspiration, take a look at our best Christmas recipes gallery to start planning ahead. We’ve also got plenty of festive cocktail ideas to please all guests, and if you’re stuck for time this year, the Good Housekeeping Institute have tested over 460 festive products so you know exactly where to shop and what to buy for Christmas this year.

food, christmas party food ideas for the festive season

Camembert fondue

This recipe couldn’t be simpler and is perfect for sharing amongst friends.

Recipe: Camembert

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Mini Mushroom Crackers

These adorable crackers are filled with a mushroom, walnut and Stilton filling for a suitably festive snack.

Recipe: Mini Mushroom Crackers

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Pecan shortbreads with blue cheese cream

These savoury shortbreads, filled with an unctuous blue cheese cream will be a hit with your guests.

Recipe: Pecan Shortbreads with Blue Cheese Cream

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Party prawns – Best Christmas party food recipes

Guests will go wild for these juicy Party prawns.

Recipe: Party prawns

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Mini Christmas Cakes

You can’t get more adorable than these mini Christmas cakes, topped with a sweet sugary glaze.

Recipe: Mini Christmas Cakes

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Easiest-ever canapes

These jewel-like rolls are made by spreading strips of courgette, smoked salmon and Parma ham with various fillings, then arranging them military-style on a platter to make simple and impressive party food!

Recipe: Easiest-ever canapes

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Making your own tortilla chips is super easy when you use pre-made flour tortillas. Just cut into triangles, brush with oil and seasoning and bake!

Recipe: Spiced Tortilla Chips with Festive Houmous

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Curry rarebit bites

These speedy curry rarebits use naan breads for the base and then is topped with a cheesy, curry topping. What’s not to like?

Recipe: Curry Rarebit

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Mini jacket potatoes

Use your favourite potato fillings in miniature to make these bite-sized beauties.

Recipe: Mini jacket potatoes

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Fried Stuffed Olives

Choose between anchovies or sundried tomatoes to stuff into your olive, then fry until golden and crispy. The perfect snack with beer or bubbly!

Recipe: Fried Stuffed Olives

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Mini eggs benedict

These impressive bites will be the talk of the party.

Recipes: Mini eggs benedict

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Christmas cake bites

Pairing a crumbly white cheese such as Wensleydale with deep rich fruit cake is a classic Christmas tradition in Yorkshire. This easy-to-make canapé is not to be missed! Lancashire cheese also works very well.

Recipe: Christmas cake bites

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Bloody Mary prawn shots

Sweet, succulent prawns are the perfect match for the spicy Bloody Mary shot.

Recipe: Bloody mary shots

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Goat’s cheese balls

These no-fuss cheese bites look super pretty, and can easily be made a day ahead.

Recipe: Goat’s cheese truffles

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Mac ‘n’ cheese bites

You’ll definitely want to eat more than one of these…

Recipe: Mac ‘n’ cheese bites

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Polenta and fig bites

Polenta is a very versatile base for a canapé – next time, why not try it topped with pesto and mozzarella, or red onion marmalade and goat’s cheese? If you don’t like figs, use a piece of fresh peeled pear instead.

Recipe: Polenta and fig bites

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Stilton and grape bites

A sophisticated nibble with just two ingredients.

Recipe: Stilton and grape bites

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Pumpernickel bites

Smoked salmon is always a hit, but if you’re cooking for vegetarians, cubed beetroot works just as well for this recipe.

Recipe: Pumpernickel bites

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Stilton fruit bites- Best Christmas party food recipes

If it’s a simple plate of canapés you want to pass round, these easy bites will fit the bill nicely.

Recipe: Stilton fruit bites

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Mini chicken poppadoms

Light, fresh and full of flavour, these chicken bites will add a touch of Indian spice to your party.

Recipe: Mini chicken poppadoms

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Steak and Béarnaise Profiteroles

Everyone loves mini roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, and this year we’ve added a cheffy twist to this party staple with sirloin steak and Béarnaise sauce.

Recipe: Steak and Bearnaise profiteroles

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White chocolate and pistachio profiteroles

These white chocolate and pistachio profiteroles are oozing with sweet goodness in the middle and are encased in soft pasty. A drizzle of melted white chocolate tops them off perfectly.

Recipe: White chocolate and pistachio profiteroles

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Parma ham swizzle sticks

Hosting a party tonight? Impress your guests with these gorgeous little nibbles.

Recipe: Parma ham swizzle sticks

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Chorizo sticks- Best Christmas party food recipes

Wrap a slice of chorizo or salami around a cube of quince paste and secure with a cocktail stick.

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Sausage rolls- Best Christmas party food recipes

If you don’t like sage, replace it with chopped fresh parsley or wholegrain mustard.

Recipe: Sausage rolls

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Sticky pigs in blankets

Jazz up this perennial favourite with marmalade or apricot jam.

Recipe: Sticky pigs in blankets

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Smoked salmon pate- Best Christmas party food recipes

This impressive cheat takes just moments to put together.

Recipe: Smoked salmon pâté

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Spicy crab squares

Start the meal the perfect way with these tempting morsels

Recipe: Spicy crab squares

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Scotch quails’ eggs

These beauties are a real show-stopper. Make sure you have enough to satisfy demand!

Recipe: Scotch quails’ eggs

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Mini scotch eggs- Best Christmas party food recipes

Our scotch eggs are easy to make, and sure to go down a treat with family and friends.

Recipe: Mini scotch eggs

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Baby smoked salmon potato cakes

This dish is the perfect start to any meal.

Recipe: Baby smoked salmon potato cakes

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Mango chicken skewers with basil raita

This recipe is a low fat favourite – add a little chopped chilli to the mango chutney for an extra kick

Recipe: Mango chicken skewers with basil raita

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Fig and scallop skewers

Use small scallops so they are in scale with the figs!

Recipe: Fig and scalllop skewers

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Harissa chicken balls with yogurt dip

The harissa gives these chicken balls an original taste – but you can try them with Thai curry paste or pesto if you prefer!

Recipe: Harissa chicken balls with yogurt dip

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Cheese and bacon puffs

Simple, tasty little bites for your party platter.

Recipe: Cheese and bacon puffs

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