When the jingle bells start ringing, you know it’s time to get out your planners and get moving with the office Christmas party. One of, or perhaps, the most important item on your checklist will be Christmas catering. The silly season is all about the food, isn’t it?
Whether you’re converting your boardroom into a lunchroom, or arranging dinner and drinks on the balcony, you’ll want to ensure a steady flow of finger food. A finger food spread permits mess-free mingling, but without snapping hunger pangs that usher groans for the main meal.
Not sure where to start? Read on for seven delectable finger food ideas you should consider for the office Christmas party.
All the delicious flavours of a warm slice of pizza, in one bite-sized portion. Mini-pizzas are great for office Christmas parties because they aren’t as heavy on the stomach as a standard slice. Colleagues can enjoy the cheesy goodness without filling up, allowing them to sample other finger food on offer.
Pizza catering ideas: For Christmas, you should choose something a little special. Try themed pizzas, such as basil pesto Christmas tree pizzas or margarita Santa hats.
Pavlovas are an Australian classic, and will add an additional palette of flavour to your Christmas catering spread. Sweet to the core and topped with seasonal fruits, this dessert will refresh and impress at any summer Christmas party.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without some sweet treats to brighten your spread. Decorated cheese or bliss balls will add a pop of red and green to the boardroom (buffet!) table. Fruit mince tarts and Christmas cakes are also items you must include, as these classics never disappoint.
Sweet treat tips: Don’t neglect cookies, as you can arrange a decorating competition to sweeten up the party.
Slide some burgers your colleagues’ way. There’s no need to go crazy when it comes to your corporate burger catering. A variety of cheese, beef, chicken and veggie sliders will provide you with enough options to give everyone at the office a taste of the Christmas spirit.
These light and delectable morsels will bring a touch of fusion to any office Christmas party. A healthier alternative to the popular deep-fried spring roll, these rice-starch wraps come packed with a variety of fillings. From fish, grilled chicken, prawns, fresh vegetables and tofu, you can please everyone with a gourmet Vietnamese platter.
Catering tip: Rice-based treats are great for anyone with special diets, on a health kick or a small appetite.
Put anything on a skewer and it becomes finger food for the corporate Christmas do! If you do go for food on a stick, ensure that you cater to everyone’s tastes by providing a variety of protein and vegetable combinations.
It’s essential that skewered options aren’t too greasy or oily to avoid excessive runoff and mess. They should be able to be eaten comfortably, while seated or standing.
The classic combination of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil are a great option for the office Christmas lunch. Their fresh flavours and vibrant colours will get everyone in the Christmas spirit!
There’s no party without a plate (or two!) of party pies and sausage rolls. These classic crowd pleasers are well-suited to hot finger food catering, and should be paired alongside a cold dish, such as rice paper rolls, to balance out the catering.
Remember to check if you need to provide gluten-free or vegetarian options as these carnivorous pastries will not fit the bill for either of these special diet requirements.
Providing a variety of finger food options is key to a successful Christmas spread. Ensure you have both hot and cold foods available, and a variety of flavours for a balanced palette. Getting the finger food right can make or break your event, as when the food goes south, so does the Christmas cheer.
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