Invite OLIO to the Christmas party

It’s Christmas party season! A time for getting laden in tinsel, consuming your bodyweight in canapés, swigging vats of Prosecco and bellowing the Fairytale of New York until you pass out.

As many of us up and down the country plan our yuletide knees-up, there are many pressing things one has to contend with; what party games should be played? How to cater for a militant vegan? Bublé or Bing? There is also the quandary of what to do with all that food. Christmas is a time of excess, and at times sheer, blind gluttony, and we’re all guilty of over-buying, over-indulging and over-catering.

Last year, 4.2 million Christmas dinners were wasted across the United Kingdom, according to Unilever. The figure is the equivalent to 263,000 turkeys; 7.5 million mince pies; 740,000 slices of Christmas pudding; 17.2 million Brussels sprouts; 11.9 million carrots and 11.3 million roast potatoes.

Each host spends an average of £112 on food alone, which amounts to £64 million of squandered food each Christmas. Yikes.

And that’s just Christmas dinner! While you can repurpose the turkey and the trimmings into meals that will last you for weeks (from curries and pies to soups), think of all the leftover party food that is scraped into the bin. The unloved vol-au-vents, the cocktail-sausage cast-offs. It doesn’t have to be this way! That’s when you invite OLIO to the party…

As your family snooze on the sofa and your friends stagger home, why not whip out your phone and start sharing your food on OLIO. There’s only so much grub you can cram into your fridge, and the sight of that soirée surplus is probably making your stomach groan in regret. Give it a new lease of life and redeploy it to your neighbours, because after all, Christmas is the spirit of giving.

Already we’ve seen people sharing their excess festive nosh: plates full of mince pies, christmas puddings in abundance, hors d’oeuvres platters, cakes, condiments, meats and wine. A veritable buffet, salvaged and shared on OLIO. Share these delights with others, knowing that your dinner party is facilitating another dinner party.

OLIO is a two-way street, so why not use it to source items that can revive your party leftovers? Got some neglected hummus in your fridge? See what’s on OLIO and jazz it up – all it takes is some chopped fresh herbs, nuts and lemon zest.

Cheeseboard odds and sods? Pick up some pasta from OLIO and knock up a simple cheesy pasta dish. Look out for some leftover wine, then pour it into ice cube trays and freeze for future sauces.

If you’re feeling really experimental, why not transform your neighbour’s panettone into a bread and butter pudding. The opportunities are endless and spontaneous for you never know what you’re going to find..

So remember – a buffet isn’t just for Christmas.

Download OLIO for free on iTunes and Google Play