17th December: Amazing graze

For as long as I can remember it has been a Christmas tradition in my family to set out nibbles and sweet treats on a table or sideboard for snacking on and sharing with guests over the festive period. I have brought this tradition into my own family now and a couple of years ago a good friend of ours christened it the "grazing table". I love the fact that we now have a name for it and I have already squirrelled away some great things for this year's.

It's not all sweets and chocolate though (although that is quite a large element). Fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts all play their part too. I shall be making some of the spiced nuts that I posted about earlier in the month and thinking about how I can strike a balance by also offering some healthier options.

Something that I did a couple of years ago and worked well was to take a large jar and fill it with a mix of things. I used mixed unsalted nuts, dried fruit, chocolate-covered nuts and raisins, chocolate coins and small jelly sweets. I put a small stack of bowls next to it for people to serve themselves. I like this idea as you still get a chocolate fix but there are some more nutritious things in there too. Much better than just munching through a box of chocolates! 

I bought these jars this morning at Dunelm Mill and they will be gracing our grazing table this year. 

Door 17 of the Woman Next Door's advent calendar. 

Door 17 of the Woman Next Door's advent calendar. 

2 jars for our grazing table. 

2 jars for our grazing table.