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.