Aaron Whitelock is the Director and Events Coordinator at rhubarb, the premium food experience brand who have organised 'food theatre' (translation: sumptuous canapés courtesy of culinary geniuses like Heston Blumenthal, who works exclusively with rhubarb, that you can eat with your eyes) for private weddings and birthdays as well as huge scale events like the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and a party for the Sheikh of Qatar! So Aaron knows a thing or two about putting on an impressive and edible show when it comes to Christmas party planning... SEXY SEASONAL SNACKS From crossing cuisine boundaries to 'dude' food this season is all about colour and vibrancy- the perfect accompaniment to any LBD wearing hostess! These three canapés are a great way to show off your culinary skills (or fake them!) and will help make your event look the part: King crab, pomelo and vanilla oil on liquorice sticks BBQ short rib toll with chipotle Bearnaise Cured salmon, melon, pickle radish and ponzu MIRACULOUS MAIN COURSES Japanese cuisine will become even more prominent with fashionable flavours including white miso paste and a sprinkle of furiake. But if you want to keep things traditional, simple, on-trend and of course festive when it comes to the main event these dishes are guaranteed to delight: House cured duck prosciutto, fig and date syrup serves on a slate with a drizzle of date syrup Venison chilli dog with Cheddar and sour cream (this is one way to elevate childhood memories to the heights of culinary chic!) Greet tea noodles with crab, pink grapefruit and crisp Asian vegetables served in black lacquered miso bowls with edible flowers (which are making a comeback for the Christmas party season and 2012) CHRISTMAS PARTY PUDDINGS...NO CHRISTMAS PUDDING REQUIRED! Not everyone likes traditional Christmas pudding and even if you do these sweet minis are sure to impress your guests. Serve small glasses of each pudding on a platter so guests can dip in and out and sample a bit of each: Hot toddy with cinnamon shortbread with gold leaf served in a shot glass Sparkling mulled berry jellies with gold leaf in a shot glass Christmas spiced brioche doughnuts with hot eggnog dip AARON'S TOP TIPS FOR THROWING THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PARTY The key to a successful party is through detailed and well orchestrated planning. Impress guests with creative food presentations, immaculately dressed tables (and of course yourself!) and a few tasty surprises. For a party that no-one will forget follow this simple rules: Decorate mini Christmas trees with canapés in perspex globes (try glass tea light holders if perspex globes are a little tricky to find) or sweet treats like glittered peppermints and macaroons held with beautiful ribbons for guests to pick themselves. Kids will love this! Instead of flowers on the dining table use candy canes tied together with bows or strings of baubles placed in glass vases Serve food on wooden trays decorated with cinnamon sticks, holly, ivy and berries for a warm, festive feel Make the most of chic glassware: champagne, cocktail and shot glasses make great food vessels and will give your festive affair a really contemporary, upmarket edge If you're having a big party hire a vodka or champagne luge for guests to top up their tipples throughout the night. This is one way to guarantee champagne loving ladies hitting the dance floor before midnight and will make everyone feel more relaxed Offer mini stockings with small gifts for guests as they depart