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 a 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 recommendations for your morning tea. A decadent slice of cake 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 forget the cream and jam!

Morning Tea Scones


Nothing stacks up to pancakes. Whether you like your pancakes smothered in butter, coated in Nutella or drowned in maple syrup, pancakes are 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. The hardest choice is deciding if you want the red velvet or chocolate cupcake. Don't forget to check out our infographic on the correct way to eat a cupcake.

office morning teas – cupcake delivery sydney


Buttery, sweet treats that melt in your mouth. Have a mix of mini Danish pastries, tartlets, croissants and more for your next tea party.

Morning tea pastries

Savoury treats:

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.


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

morning tea sandwiches

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 infographic here.

Healthy eating options

Looking for some healthy eating 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 fiber and antioxidants. Try these toppings: garlic or parmesan to take it to the next level.

Wrap platters

Swap the usual 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 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 tea.

High tea

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

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.

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, 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.

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!

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