Small celebrations: 22 recipes to make intimate New Year gatherings feel like a party

A slashed guest-list, or hasty replan need not force you to cut the canapés – in fact, they can make a small party feel like a big celebration

The Omicron variant may have torpedoed any hopes of a back-to-normal welcome to 2022, but it is still possible to host a memorable party, albeit one that’s a little more intimate.

If there’s anything the last two years have taught us, it’s that food is a salve. Whether it’s a comfort cook of fun finger foods, an elaborate spread, or some classic canapés – changing social circumstances needn’t take fun off the menu. And neither does the need for minimal fuss.

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