What To Serve At An Office Christmas Party

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For the first time, I have been put in charge of this year’s holiday festivities. So the big question is – What to serve at an office Christmas party? I’ve honestly not given it much thought before. I usually just show up and the food is there. Isn’t it funny how we think that this just magically happens?


As I started my planning, I was thinking that I want it to be fun and festive. However, I don’t want it to become overly complicated. With that in mind, I began to research my options. I came up with the following ideas:

  1. Foods that can be kept warm in chafing dishes. Baked ziti, chicken marsala, sausage with peppers, etc.
  2. Tossed salad (I would only offer a few different dressing types)
  3. Rolls (splurge for the individual butter portions, if budget allows)
  4. Easy to eat treats for dessert, such as cookies and brownies.
  5. Bottled water, coffee & tea

You can also go potluck, and ask your fellow employees if they would like to contribute. Post a sign up sheet so people can sign up and enter what they would like to bring. Otherwise you may wind up with multiples of the same thing. This will allow your fellow employees the chance to participate while showing of their favorite holiday specialty!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose Marie Ambrosio November 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

Potluck is a great idea. Especially when we have so many different ethnic groups working together.

Avril November 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I like the thought of potluck. Some of my best new recipes have been from trying something new at a potluck event.

Pat Norman November 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Great ideas, thank you! Another popular idea has been to do just appetizers and desserts… they are most folks favorite part of the meal anyway, and easy to display. And I agree, sign up sheets are a must!!Signed, your fellow Office Party Planner

Christine M. September 16, 2016 at 1:19 pm

I have also seen soups, appetizers and desserts at some holiday parties. I especially like the soup because living in the north it’s always cold during the end of the year parties.

Karen L September 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

Finger foods are always great for holiday parties especially since they are already in portions and easy to grab and fill up a plate! Cant go wrong with a good old Potluck either.

Sonya A. September 29, 2016 at 11:53 pm

I rather catered food. I don’t want to eat food out of people’s houses and I don’t want to have to question who made what so the best thing to do is stick with catered food.

Val November 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

I know that’s right Sonya. No potluck in our office. There are too many people that don’t wash their hands before leaving the bathroom. Then there are the animal lovers in our office that allow their cats to crawl on the kitchen counter, not to mention the filthy cubicles most occupy. Makes you wonder what their homes look like. We cater all the time.

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