Easy entertaining: a no-fuss New Year buffet

Whether you’re throwing a big festive bash, or a more casual dinner, why not let your guests help themselves? You get to spend less time in the kitchen, and they get the pleasure of your company. We’ll say cheers to that!

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Festive pie

Choose a posh pie or two for the middle of the table – one meat and one veggie keeps everyone happy.


Keep a stash of tasty canapés in the freezer that can be popped in the oven if it looks like provisions are running low. These from Dale Foods are based on hearty British classics:


Let everyone carve their own generous slices of ham – smoked or flavoured just how you prefer – with plenty of mustard.

Petits fours

Mini cakes and treats make dessert really easy, especially if you can just grab them from the freezer:

Cheese board

Mix textures and strengths for a cheeseboard full of interest. To keep everyone happily nibbling, we recommend:

Perfect buffet wines

Versatility and variety are key here. Cover all the bases with a fizz, white and red – and stay on the lighter side.

1. Abbazia Extra Dry Prosecco (£12.99)
2. The Ned Sauvignon Blanc (£10.99)
3. Domaine de Puy Rigault Chinon (£7.99)

From Ocadolife – read it online now

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