Morning tea catering ideas for work functions and events

Office morning and afternoon teas are a fantastic way to take a breather, while also helping to boost team morale, celebrate achievements and get to know your work colleagues better. Morning tea time is a great opportunity to have a little something and keep you going until lunchtime, while afternoon teas are perfect for that 3pm slump!

Planning the perfect morning tea or afternoon tea party and you're not sure what food to serve? Speak to the corporate catering experts at Order-In for some of the best inspiration or easy recommendations for your next morning tea. From cakes, scones with jam and cream, to savoury finger food, whatever the occasion, celebration, theme or budget, we can help! Below are some of the best morning tea catering menu ideas with sweet and savoury options to help you get started, and it's just a little taste of what we can do. Your choices are endless!

Sweet treats: Morning and afternoon favourites


It wouldn’t be a proper tea party without freshly baked, fluffy scones. And don’t skimp on the cream and strawberry jam!

Morning tea ideas - scones


Nothing stacks up to pancakes. Whether you like your pancakes smothered in butter, coated in Nutella or drowned in maple syrup, pancakes are always a crowd pleaser. 


Delicate, delicious, mouth-watering and available in a variety of colours, include a basket or platter with different flavours and fillings.

office morning tea ideas – macarons


Like individual little cakes for your guests, these little treats will please both young and old and are easy to eat. Like individual little cakes for you guests, these little treats will please both young and old. The beauty of cupcakes is being able to provide a variety of flavours. Think carrot cake, banana bread, lemon, chocolate and red velvet! There’s sure to be something for everyone.

Check this out for the correct way to eat a cupcake.

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In addition to your scones, serve some buttery, sweet treats that melt in your mouth for morning tea. Have a mix of mini Danish pastries, tartlets, croissants and more for your next tea party.

Morning tea ideas - pastries

Savoury favourites:

Bacon and egg muffins

Treat the office to a late breafast for morning tea. Bacon and egg muffns are the perfect mid-morning meal that will boost office morale and productivity. For an added touch of class, why not make them egg and bacon bagels? Yum!


Delicious, fresh and dainty finger tea sandwiches with a variety of the best gourmet fillings. Try smoked salmon, cucumber, chicken, roast beef or tuna.

Try sandwiches for your next morning tea

Ham and cheese croissants

These pastries are a crowd pleaser and can be served hot or cold. They're perfect for serving up for a morning or afternoon tea. 


From savoury classics, like pizza and cheese, to sweet indulgences like butterscotch and cinnamon, there’s a lot to love about scrolls. Serve it with a hot chocolate or cuppa and you can’t go wrong.

Mini quiches

These bite sized goodies will fill hungry tummies. Whether you like spinach and feta or cheese and tomato, there are a variety of options to suit every one's palates. 

Finger foods

Mini quiches and sausage rolls, bite-sized meat pies, spring rolls, sliders, Peking duck pancakes and dumplings, we have a huge selection of hot finger food catering favourites to please every palate.

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A platter of cheese and crackers always gets the thumbs up for those that don’t have a sweet tooth. Pimp your platter wth a variety of fruits, nuts, olives, dips and breads. For more tips and tricks on what to include on your chese platter check out our grazing table tips and tricks here.

Healthy eating options

Looking for some healthy food ideas and options for your morning tea party? Why not try these healthy, yet yummy choices below.

Yoghurt, berries and muesli

Not just for breakfast, bircher muesli is great as a snack too! It’s a tasty and healthy alternative for people who don’t want a slice of cake, but still want something sweet. The fresh berries provide a shot of antioxidants too.

healthy office morning tea ideas – yoghurt pots


A surprising source of health benefits including fiber and antioxidants. Try these toppings: garlic or parmesan to take it to the next level.

DIY brekkie stations

Smoothie bowl stations, breakfast burrito line-up or on the spot omelettes can be a creative way to make morning tea fun. Handing the recipe over to your team allows everyone to really take control of their meal and get the best out of brekkie. This can also help give your staff some helpful tips for meal planning and looking after themselves for the most important meal of the day.

Wrap platters

Swap the usual finger sandwiches out for a wrap platter. This healthy alternative can include a variety of different fillings include veggies, lean meats and a mix of salads. 

Fruit kebabs

Skewers of freshly cut fruit and drizzled with chocolate. Yum.

fruit kebabs and platter for morning tea

Chocolate-dunked strawberries

Seriously, people love anything coated in dark chocolate. Well, maybe not anything, but strawberries and dark chocolate are a tasty and healthy match made in heaven. You can’t go wrong here.

office morning teas – chocolate strawberries


Skip the potato chips that are full of fat and salt and offer some chopped up raw veggies like carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, tomatoes and green beans. Pair it with hummus, guacamole or an eggplant dip. Delish!

Smoothies and juices

If you want to be a little creative, consider ordering a variety of smoothies and juices to change things up a bit. Think strawberry smoothies, freshly squeezed orange juices and green juices. 

Morning tea catering themes

Here are some food ideas and themes to try for your next morning tea.

Champagne morning tea

For special occasions and for something a bit more luxurious, try a champagne morning tea menu with gourmet finger food, decadent chocolate mousse served in shot glasses, macarons and lemon meringue tarts. Offer a selection of mocktails and other non-alcoholic drinks like iced teas, juices and spritzers for non-drinkers.

The sweet life

Embrace the sweet life like an Italian with a mix of sweet treats and biscuits, including Florentines, biscotti, slices and pastries. And don't forget some dark, Italian style espresso to go with your sweets. Use your coffee machine for the real stuff, or consider hiring a mobile barista for your Italian themed morning tea.

office morning teas – biscotti with hot cup of coffee

The Aussie favourite

Plan a true blue morning tea event or party with platters stacked with Anzac biscuits, lamingtons, mini pavlovas, fresh fruit, scones with strawberry jam and cream, damper, Cheesymite scrolls, egg and bacon rolls and banana bread on your Aussie menu, all washed down with a strong cup of earl grey tea.

Fusion fun

If you’re after something a bit more unique and stand out, why not try some fresh and delicious Asian cuisine for morning or afternoon tea? Whether that’s scrumptious rice paper rolls and salads, or fresh sushi and miso, mixing it up for brunch may be just what your team needs.

Check out some delicious Vietnamese and Japanese catering options here!

High tea

Go Downtown Abbey with some dainty finger chicken, salmon, cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches, a Victoria sponge cake, lemon melting moments, English muffins, petit fours, scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon curd tartlets, including a beautiful selection of teas, coffees and iced tea with your high tea menu.

try a high tea for your next morning tea event

Final tips

When organising a morning or afternoon tea for the office, don’t forget these important things.

Special dietary requirements

Make sure no one gets left out - we can cater for special dietary requirements, such as gluten free, dairy free and vegetarians. Include some gluten free pastries, vegetarian sandwich fillings and cakes that are dairy free to ensure everyone is satisfied!

Catering quantities

As a rule of thumb, we recommend the following quantities for your morning/afternoon tea:

Cocktail/mini pastries and sweet treats – 2 to 3 per person

Large pastries and cakes – 1 ½ items per person

Platters – 1 serve of any platter per person

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Drinks are an important part of any morning tea, so be sure to provide coffee, tea (both with caffeine and without), hot chocolate and juice. For something a little different, jazz up your water with some fruit for extra flavour and colour, or include jugs or iced tea for summer events. For special occasions, we can also help with alcohol delivery to your office.

Whether you put out some fresh tea leaves on the day or have a great variety of tea bags, this is one of the most important elements of your morning tea.

The best teas to serve at your morning tea include:

  • Black tea
  • Oolong tea
  • White tea varieties
  • Green tea
  • Ginger tea
  • Earl grey
  • Jasmine green tea

Glassware, crockery, seating and tables

Ensure you’ll have enough crockery, cutlery, glasses and mugs. We can help with delivery for disposal items or equipment hire direct to your office or event venue.

Do you need additional seating or tables? Or maybe you would like some wait staff for your special event. No problem! Speak to our corporate event management team and we’ll be more than happy to help with all your event needs.

Ready to order?

Make sure everyone has a great time and the food is delicious at your next morning or afternoon tea. If you're planning a morning tea and you're not sure what to order, speak to our catering consultants on 1300 851 900 for easy office morning tea catering suggestions and inspiration, or check out our website to search and view the various corporate caterers and their menus. It's so easy to order online! From fluffy scones to mini cakes or finger sandwiches, we'll make your next morning or afternoon tea party a success.

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