Get ready to party

Beef sliders with bacon, gruyere and pickles.
Beef sliders with bacon, gruyere and pickles.

Are you preparing to host a big bash for New Year's? Or perhaps you've just been asked to "bring a plate".

The rule of thumb for a good party atmosphere is to give each guest a drink as soon as they arrive and make sure there are enough nibbles to go around.

The recipes and articles below provide plenty of inspiration for finger food and summery cocktails to help get the party of the year started.

Recipes

Fiery salt and pepper squid.

Salt and pepper squid with aioli

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (26)
Potato wafers with smoked salmon

Potato wafers with smoked salmon

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Lynne Mullins

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Prawn toasts with a twist.

Prawn toast

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (11)
Cucumber G & T.

Cucumber gin and tonic

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Neil Perry's salt cod fritters.

Salt cod fritters

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Neil Perry

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Neil Perry's lamb kofta with muhammara

Lamb kofta with muhammara

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (18)
Spring rolls with crab, sweetcorn, tofu, wood ear fungus, crab and five spice.

Spring rolls with crab, sweetcorn, tofu and wood ear fungus

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
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Oysters with cucumber and finger limes

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Moroccan lamb sausage rolls with yoghurt dipping sauce.

Moroccan lamb sausage rolls

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Jeremy and Jane Strode

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (23)
Tuna with ginger, mirin and avocado

Tuna with ginger, mirin and avocado

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Bridgette Hafner

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Rosewater and raspberry popscicle with rose champagne.  Karen Martini CHRISTMAS recipes for Epicure and Good Food.

Rosewater and raspberry ice with sparkling wine

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (11)
Duck larb with prawn crackers.

Duck larb with prawn crackers

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jill Dupliex

Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Broad bean dip

Broad bean dip

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Stephanie Alexander

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Spiced nuts

Spiced nuts

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Stephanie Alexander

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
DIY smorrebrod.

DIY smorrebrod (open sandwiches)

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Chocolate for breakfast: Breakfast brownies.

Breakfast brownies

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (9)
Sriracha fried chicken and pickles.

Sriracha fried chicken and pickles

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Simple smoked salmon canapes.

Smoked salmon canapes

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Jeremy and Jane Strode

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (55)
Crostini with peas, prosciutto and quail egg. Jill Dupleix recipes for Epicure and Good Living. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Food preparation and styling by Caroline Velik. Fabric from Manon bis, wooden board from Safari Living, small Mud bowl from Essential Ingredient, MUST CREDIT. Photographed March 22, 2012. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Crostini with peas, prosciutto and quail egg

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Scallops with lime, mint and chilli

Scallops with lime, mint and chilli

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Chicken shui mai

Chicken shui mai

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Caroline Velik

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Arancini

Arancini

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Caroline Velik

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Rice paper rolls

Rice paper rolls

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jeremy and Jane Strode

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Middle Eastern meatballs with coriander leaves

Middle Eastern meatballs with coriander leaves

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Stephanie Alexander

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Thai fishcakes with cucumber salad.

Thai fish cakes with cucumber salad

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Caroline Velik

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (18)
Berry, Sauternes and mascarpone trifle.

Berry, sauternes and mascarpone trifle

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (425)
Coconut, rose water and watermelon popsicles.

Rose and watermelon popsicles

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Pete Evans

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (22)
Lemon meringue cupcakes

Lemon meringue cupcakes

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Caroline Velik

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (12)