Drain the mozzarella balls. Halve the cherry tomatoes.
And the rest...
- 1 Slice four of the olives into quarters from top to bottom. You should end up with 16 elegant wedges. These will be the ladybird heads. Slice each mozzarella ball into four rounds.
- 2 Now for the fiddly bit: cut the remaining olives (use as many as you need) into tiny dice to make the ladybird spots. You can get away with two spots per ladybird if you don’t want to cut up lots.
- 3 Cut a line, through the skin and down the centre, of each halved tomato to make it look as though the ladybirds are spreading their wings before taking flight.
- 4 Arrange the basil leaves on a plate or board and divide the mozzarella slices between them. Sit each tomato half on a mozzarella slice.
- 5 Now put an olive quarter in front of each tomato half to be the head and decorate the ladybird backs with olive dice. The olive pieces will stick with no help if you put them on flesh-side down. Voila! A party of ladybirds.