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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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