Party favourites ... Jill Dupleix's sesame prawn butterflies. Photo by Jennifer Soo. Recipe: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cuisine/seafood/recipe/sesame-prawn-butterflies-20111019-1m38d.html?rand=1352071395678

It's a safe bet that everyone will love these delicate party nibbles for your Melbourne Cup celebrations.

Party favourites ... scallop tostadas courtesy of My Party by Pete Evans. Recipe: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cuisine/seafood/recipe/scallop-tostadas-with-smoked-avocado-and-salsa-fresco-20111019-1m6m4.html?rand=1352071117630

Scallop tostadas with smoked avocado and salsa fresco recipe

Party favourites ... Jill Dupleix's crab and avocado rolls. Photo by Marina Oliphant. Recipe: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cuisine/seafood/recipe/crab-and-avocado-rolls-20111019-1m5k7.html?rand=1352071005239

There is something pleasingly retro about sandwiches as nibbles — it must be the memory of all those finger sandwiches as a kid. A quick guacamole replaces butter in do-ahead rolls that are gone in two or three bites.

Party favourites ... Jane and Jeremy Strode's smoked salmon canapes. Photo by Marco Del Grande. Recipe: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cuisine/seafood/recipe/smoked-salmon-canapes-20111019-1m0ut.html?rand=1352070984054

It's a safe bet that everyone will love these delicate party nibbles for your Melbourne Cup celebrations.

Jill Dupleix's chicken caesar salad. Photo by Marina Oliphant. Recipe: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cuisine/poultry/recipe/chicken-caesar-salad-20111019-1m5i5.html?rand=1353470207372

Turn everyone's favourite salad into a meal with roast chicken, rustic croutons and crisp pancetta.

Neil Perry's buffalo mozzarella, capsicum and onion salad. Photo by William Meppem. Recipe: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cuisine/vegetarian/recipe/buffalo-mozzarella-capsicum-and-onion-salad-20120724-22m30.html

A salad that tastes as good as it looks: Buffalo mozzarella, roast capsicum, baby onion and basil.

Caroline Velik's grilled sweet corn salad with black beans, avocado and almonds. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Caroline Velik's grilled sweet corn salad with black beans, avocado and almonds (recipe here).

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