Oh no! that’s the sound of your festive guests arriving.
Don’t panic, they are still unloading the car, so you have a few extra minutes before you have to let them in.
Take a deep breath and be resourceful. Have a quick read of this blog, pull a few of our super-quick festive recipe ideas out of the bag and you’ll look like the host with the most.
You can read the creators description if you have time, if not, grab your marshmallows, shove ‘em on a skewer then pipe on a face and buttons with an icing pen. In a real emergency, you probably could use an eyeliner but that’s not advised. We don’t advise using a felt pen either. Use the same icing pen to stick the oreo and rolo hat to the head, wrap around the scarf and voila. Well, almost voila. At Christmas, strange boxes of savoury snacks seem to appear which aren’t eaten at any time of year. Open one of those. If you can find a pretzel then snap it and jab the bits into the marshmallow body for arms. If you can’t find a pretzel, a twiglet will do, just don’t make eye contact with your guest as the battle with the weird marmite/ marshmallow flavour combination.
One of your guest’s bags has come open and spilled out on the drive. Excellent! You have a few more minutes…
We suggest you whip up a few of these Santa strawberries. The real recipe suggests cream cheese, sugar, vanilla essence combo. If you are short on time, we think squirty cream will work just as well.
Slice the end off a strawberry
Squirt on some squirty cream, dab a bit for buttons.
Put the end back on and QUICK NEXT JOB!
OK, it seems that a bottle of something has leaked all in the boot of their car, result!
That buys you lots of extra time…time to make a crudité Christmas tree! Get slicing yourself a celery tree, carrot tinsel, tomato fairy lights, cucumber baubles and add whatever else you have in the fridge. We know its healthy but sometimes you need some greenery at Christmas as a change from all the sugar!
The carol singers have arrived so you have a little bit longer… Dig out those triangle cheeses from the depths of the fridge – you know, the ones that have been there ages and ages? Those triangular wedge type things wrapped in foil? It doesn’t matter if they are out of date, no one will eat them anyway…this is an improvised buffet so don’t lose momentum thinking about sell by dates! Un-wrap them and arrange them on the plate with the pointy bit facing down. Then grab an olive, chop it into circular slices and place a slice on the point of each triangle for a nose. Find some more of those pretzels or twiglets and stick into the cheese to make antlers. Now unscrew your peppercorn grinder. Take out some pepper corns and place above the nose for eyes… and there you go! Cute reindeer cheesy delights.
Ok, so your guests have run in to an old friend who was walking their dog past your house. Embrace this opportunity to create one more festive dish for your buffet. Empty all your broken biscuits out of the tin into a tray. Add in whatever else you can find, sweeties, chocolates, even fruit would work. If you have time, try and stick to the red and green colour scheme.Once you have a tray full of mess, sorry, we mean an eclectic mix of sweet treats, melt some white chocolate (a minute or two in the microwave should do the trick!) and pour it over your ‘eclectic mix’ of stuff. Add some sprinkles and a few more sweets or chocolates to make it look prettier and as your guests enter the house and tell you that they bumped into an old friend on your driveway, leave your tray of mess to set in the fridge.Then crack it into pieces, serve it in a fancy cocktail glass and offer it around. Easy.We could get used to this entertaining lark! Job done.