5 Quick and Easy Canapé Ideas for a feast

Get your dinner party off to a great start with these quick and easy canapé ideas. All served on beautifully styled tableware from John Lewis and Partners – who have sponsored this post.

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Did I REALLY just title this post ‘CANAPE ideas’?

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking ‘ Who are you, and what have you done with the real Medina?”. Ha, I don’t blame you but hear me out for a second!

Common knowledge: I LOVE eating, but when it comes to the actual cooking part – it’s one of those ‘chores’ I’d much prefer to pass on to someone else (usually my husband).

Not so common knowledge: I love hosting. And as cooking and hosting kind of go hand in hand, I just tend to push aside my dislike for the culinary arts and suck it up – for the greater good. The greater good being fabulous company, lots of laughs, endless board games (not twister mind you) , you name it.

Having friends and family over for intimate meals or full on dinner parties is something I’ve been doing a lot of recently (must be the change in weather). When you’re in hibernation mode, it just makes more sense to invite others over rather than eat out. And while I don’t celebrate Christmas, I do have a rather large family (I am one of 7 siblings), so there is always something to celebrate leading up to this festive season.

MODERN TABLE STYLING WITH JOHN LEWIS

John Lewis and Partners got in touch asking if I wanted to take part in their upcoming feasting campaign. The idea would be style some of their tableware products in a dining room setting.

Modern styling tablescape for john lewis and partners

To be honest, this couldn’t have come at a better time. John Lewis have a lovely range of quality products and since styling that furnished rental in Wembley, I’ve had my eye on their Fusion tableware collection for a while now!

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Modern styling table scape in an industrial dining room john lewis and partners

I kept the styling minimal – and instead focused on using their products to compliment some of the features already in my dining room like the chalkboard wall. I ran a grey table runner down the length of the table to help soften and create a little flow.

Modern styling table scape in an industrial dining room john lewis and partners

The table centre piece is made up of 3 pillar candles in jars (please note for safety reasons, you will need to remove the candles from the jars if you wish to light them) decorated with pine cones .

Modern styling table scape in an industrial dining room john lewis and partners . Table set against a chalkboard wall

I placed fancy linen napkins in copper rings atop contrasting dish ware. I chose a beautiful gold under plate topped with these stylish monochrome plates from the Fusion collection

Bird eye view of side plate atop a golden underplate

To finish off the look, I added faux fur rugs to the metal chairs. They aren’t the comfiest for long periods of sitting.

Modern monochrome table styling with john lewis

SOURCES: CUTLERY

And then I invited my sister over (who also happens to be a chef, lucky me) and together we thought up some canapé ideas for our next family meal. I love canapés because they require minimal skill and effort to make. They are also the perfect starter to any dinner party.

HERE ARE 5 QUICK AND EASY CANAPE IDEAS

Please note all ingredients have been sourced from Waitrose & Partners. Pop into your local store to purchase

1.GOATS CHEESE AND BEETROOT BRUSCHETTA

  • Ingredients:
  • 50g goats cheese
  • 1 loaf of freshly baked french bread
  • 1 beetroot
  • 2 tsp veg oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh chopped chives

.GOATS CHEESE AND BEETROOT BRUSCHETTA CANAPE IDEAS

SOURCES: GIN GLASS TUMBLERS / OAK WOOD DISH

  1. Method:
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°c
  3. Dice the beetroot into 1 cm dice, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the veg oil. Roast in the oven for 7 minutes.
  4. Slice the bread into thick 2 cm slices
  5. Remove the outer skin from the goats cheese and whisk it until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  6. Spread the goats cheese on the bread, then top with goats cheese and chopped chives.

2. MINI GARLIC AND ONION ROASTED POTATOES (TOPPED WITH ALMONDS)

  • Ingredients:
  • 8 new potatoes
  • 25g softened salted butter
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chives
  • Almonds

MINI GARLIC AND ONION ROASTED POTATOES CANAPE IDEAS

  1. Method:
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°c
  3. Boil the new potatoes for approx. 8 minutes till soft in the centre
  4. Cut the potatoes in half and place on a baking tray
  5. Mix the garlic powder and butter together and brush over the potatoes
  6. Season with salt, pepper and drizzle with the veg oil
  7. Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden and crispy, then brush with more of the garlic butter and top with chopped chives and almonds

3. BRIE, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND CRANBERRY PUFF PASTRY

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 sheet rolled out Puff pastry
  • 1/4 butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp Cranberry sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato chutney
  • 50g brie cheese
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 small Handful toasted almonds
  • 1 beaten egg

BRIE, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND CRANBERRY PUFF PASTRY CANAPE IDEA

  1. Method:
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  3. Peel then dice the butternut squash into small cubes, season with salt and pepper then drizzle with oil. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Cut the pastry into evenly sized circles and prick with a fork in the centre.
  5. Mix the cranberry sauce and tomato chutney together and spread onto the puff pastry leaving half a cm around the edges of the pastry.
  6. Slice the brie cheese into 1 cm thickness.
  7. Top the pastry with the butternut squash, brie cheese and chopped rosemary
  8. Brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until golden.
  9. To serve top with more fresh rosemary and toasted almonds

4 FETA AND SWEET ONION STUFFED CUCUMBER

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp onion chutney
  • 50g feta cheese

FETA AND SWEET ONION STUFFED CUCUMBER CANAPE IDEA

  1. Method:
  2. Slice the cucumber length ways down the middle and scoop out the seeds using a spoon.
  3. Crumble the feta cheese and stuff it into the cucumber
  4. Top with the onion chutney.
  5. Slice the cucumber into 1 cm thick slices.

5. SMOKED AND POACHED SALMON CANAPES

SMOKED AND POACHED SALMON CANAPE IDEAS

Served as is from Waitrose and partners. They are super yummy!

Ohh and finally – mustn’t forget the cheeseboard. Kinda feel like every dinner party needs one!

DIY EASY TO DO VEGETARIAN CHEESE BOARD

And there you have it! Now to serve everything and pour a glass of bubbly !

Festive table styling with john lewis and partners

Feasting dinner party styling

SOURCES: CAKE STAND

***This post has been sponsored by John Lewis and Partners . I received products and payment for my time creating this post. I also received a Waitrose voucher for the canapé ideas . I only partner with brands I LOVE and think you will LOVE too! All ideas, photos and opinions are 100% my own.

5 quick and easy canapé ideas for a feasting dinner party

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