Avoid torturing your guests with sweaty Cheddar and pop some of the following combinations onto cocktail sticks instead.

If you think of it as a weirdly presented cheeseboard, it suddenly seems a perfectly reasonable proposition.

Halve a grapefruit (or a melon if you want to fit more ‘spines’ on), wrap in foil and spear with your yummy cocktail-sticked morsels.

• Torn mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto and a basil leaf with a small squirt of balsamic glaze.

• Thinly sliced quince jelly, thinly sliced Brie and thinly sliced pear.

• A small cube of goat’s cheese with a couple of blueberries.

• Half a strawberry, hulled and filled with any blue cheese.

• Ripe quartered figs with a smear of Stilton and a light drizzle of honey.

• Fresh or dried apricot slices with little wedges of Camembert.

l Party! How To Organise A Brilliant Bash: The Essential Guide by Polly Betton is published by Kyle Books, £19.99