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Friday Finds-canapes and cocktail parties- North London Mums get all grown up

If you are planning on hosting a party this festive season and looking for some help, then this blog is for you as North London Mums have some fantastic foodie finds.

Cocktail Party Heaven

Cocktail party? Canapes? Look no further than the services of Bertrand Munier. Established in London in 1999, Bertrand Munier brings his passion for food and 20 years of experience in the catering industry. French heritage and Michelin starred experience- hard to go wrong! North London husband used this caterer for a recent (not yet 40) surprise cocktail party and the food was really impressive.

Bertrand Munier offers a fantastic range of canapes which can be boxed up for home delivery. The canapes range from cold selections, hot selections and Verrine selections in short glasses. It is difficult not to drool over the extensive and innovative list of canapes. We enjoyed canapes which included Smoked Salmon Tartar with Mascarpone on Brown Bread, Blinis with Mascarpone and Avruga Caviar, and in glasses Cucumber crème and smoked salmon, Avocado Tartar with grape fruit. Divine. They also arrive on clever platters which you can keep (should you choose to cater your own next time!)

For cocktail party desserts, what better than cupcakes? Then head to LOLA's hand crafted cupcakes. They have an online store, as well as flagship store in Mayfair and concessions in Selfridges, Top Shop and Harrods. A hand delivered courier service is also available. The bakery prides itself on fresh ingredients and unusual, unique recipes. The cupcakes are-simply-divine. Not only delicious but beautifully decorated- we particularly love the sparkly coconut cream cupcakes. We doubt your guests will be able to resist! They do mini cupcakes too (and yes they would be suitable for kids parties but don't expect to get a look in!)

For a really stunning cake to round off the event head to the divine sounding Beverley Hills Bakery. Founded in 1990 in Knightsbridge, the Beverly Hills Bakery offers freshly made, high quality American baked goods- think brownies, muffins, pies (and of course cupcakes!). If you are looking at gifts, the bakery offers luxurious baskets filled with muffins and cookies, but for parties head to the cake selection. This North London Mum is a carrot cake expert and, ladies, this was the best carrot cake I have every eaten!

And to drink? We lapped up Mumm champagne- what else?

Website of the week

We can't finish this foodie journey without a foodie site and frankly we recommend Betrand Mounier's "Ideaparty" blog. The blog features great photos, with cooking tips and French recipes, as well as pointers on how to host a dinner party. Well worth dipping into!

We'd love to hear about your foodie adventures this festive season! Do let us know!

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