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If you’ve got a party on the cards and no time to prepare, relax. We’ve rounded up 10 quick fixes for easy entertaining that will let you focus on the most important thing: spending time with your guests

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The instant party starter

Keep the drinks flowing with a case of Abel Charlot. Blended with reserve wine for richness, this dry, lemony fizz is great with canapés. Serve in vintage-style saucers for added class.

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Bottle of Abel Charlot champagne with champagne saucer

The all-occasion glassware

British weather can make alfresco gatherings tricky. This set of four bright plastic wine glasses is tough enough to take outside while still cool enough to serve indoors.

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Four coloured melamine wine glasses

The striking snack bowls

Whether you’re having a dinner party or hosting drinks, tasty nibbles are a must-have. Serve them up in style with Sue Timney’s graphic bowls, designed exclusively for M&S.

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Three Sue Timney bowls filled with party snacks

The quirky cushions

If you want to refresh your living space pre-party but have no time to spare, scatter our fun alphabet-embroidered cushions around to add an instant flash of colour.

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Three embroidered alphabet cushions

The fuss-free dessert

Take the easy route when hosting with our five-star-rated mini fruit tartlets – not only are they a great pudding, they can also double as petit fours with coffee at the end of a night.

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Set of 24 mini fruit tartlets from Food to Order

The dramatic side plates

Layer Sue Timney’s silhouette side plates over plain white crockery, keeping table linen neutral. Try placing a single white rose on each plate instead of bunches on the table.

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Four Sue Timney silhouette  side plates

The ready-made starter

Serve up this no-cook set of 20 mini smoked salmon and king prawn shells as a smart canapé or arrange two or three with lettuce leaves and a lemon wedge as a light starter.

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Set of 20 mini seafood shells with prawns and smoked salmon

The pre-mix cocktail

Not everyone has a mixologist on hand, so why not try our ready-made sparkling guava and lime caipirinha. Pour into champagne flutes and garnish with sliced kiwi.

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Guava and lime caipirinha cocktail with champagne flutes

The cheat’s main course

If you’re short on time, opt for bite-size food that guests can serve themselves, like our 38-piece sushi selection. With nigiri, California rolls and maki, it’s nutritious and delicious.

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The fast room refresh

Plants cheer up any space. Avoid the hassle of arranging flowers and line up our trio of potted foliage along the centre of your dining table or suspend it for extra impact.

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Foliage trio of indoor plants in holders


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Photographer: Ania Wawrzkowicz / Prop stylist: Despina Curtis / Food stylist: Cara Hobday


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