I'll start with finger food and canapes and recipes that I love to serve at my parties.
I love having parties, I love making up a menu, I love preparing the food, I love watching people eat my food, I love it all (maybe not the clean up, but even that's okay).
I don't like rushed parties, so my favourite party time is a Sunday afternoon where people arrive around 1, and we have the whole afternoon to sit around. My last party was my son's 18th and it ended at midnight, so we really sit around. But I love it, even though it is an effort and it gets tiring, I love it.
I love to have finger food and canapes at my parties, to get a party started, something bite size to serve with drinks.
Now when planning my party I make sure I pick some recipes that can be made days in advance, some things that I can make the day before and a few things that are made on the day, so I am not doing too much on the party day. And I allocate jobs if I can. My husband for instance loves to chop things, so I get him busy on the day with prepping food for me, and he is always in charge of getting the drinks cold and serving them on the day. My mum is amazing, she arrives at the party and she's straight in the kitchen, and I've usually allocated her things to cook. And people like to help out, well most people, so if someone offers to help, give them something to do.
So here are my favourite finger food and canape recipes that would be in my cookbook, if I wrote one.