Who needs presents? The silly season is really all about the food, isn’t it?

Whether you’re converting your boardroom into a lunchroom or arranging dinner and drinks on the office balcony, you’ll want to ensure a steady flow of delicious  Christmas finger foods are making their way around. 

Not sure where to start? Read on for the perfect finger food ideas you should consider for the office holiday party.

Mini pavlovas

Pavlovas are an Australian holiday classic, whether a family event or an office party.

Crispy meringue that is sweet to the core and topped with seasonal fruits, this dessert will make anyone feel refreshed and impress at your next holiday gathering.

Plate of mini pavlovas topped with raspberries.

Christmas cookies and sweet treats

It wouldn’t be Christmas food 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 mini Christmas cakes are also items you must include, as these classic bites never disappoint.

Sweet treat tips: Don’t neglect cookies, as you can arrange a fun decorating competition to sweeten up the event.

Red, white and green iced Christmas cookies.

Sliders

Slide some burgers your colleagues’ way. A variety of cheese, beef, chicken, and veggie sliders will provide you with enough options to give everyone at the office a taste.

Or, of get into the Christmas spirit and go for Christmas-themed slider special. If you're in Brisbane, check out Blackout Coffee and Catering. It's offering a selection of sliders including turkey, brie and cranberry sauce and ham, cheese and pineapple.

Sliders with lettuce, cucumber and cheese.

Rice paper rolls

These light and delectable morsels will bring a touch of freshness to any office Christmas event.

A healthier alternative to the popular deep-fried spring roll, these rice-based wraps come packed with a variety of fillings. Whether you get them stuffed with grilled chicken, prawns, fresh vegetables and tofu, you can please everyone with a gourmet Vietnamese platter.

Rice paper rolls with sauce and sesame seads.
Catering tip: Rice-based treats are great for anyone with special diets, as the wraps themselves are vegan and gluten, dairy and nut-free on a health kick or a small appetite.

Skewers

Put just about anything on a skewer and it becomes finger food for the corporate Christmas do. If you do go for food on a stick, provide a variety of protein and vegetable combinations to cater to everyone’s tastes.

Avoid options that are greasy and oily to avoid excessive runoff and mess. With each item being mouth-sized for easier eating, they should be able to be eaten comfortably, while seated or standing.

The classic combination of cherry tomatoes, bocconcini cheese balls and basil are a great option for the office Christmas lunch. Their fresh flavours and vibrant colours will get everyone in the Christmas spirit - they are red and green, after all!

Christmas finger food skewers with tomato, bocconcini cheese, basil and an olive.
Kitchen supplies tip: If you need platters or crockery on which to serve your Christmas finger food, consider ordering them along with your corporate catering.

Mini sausage rolls, meat pies and other pastries

Christmas or not, it's not a party without a party pie.

These classic crowd-pleasers are well-suited to hot finger food catering and should be served alongside a cold dish, such as salads or veggies with dipping sauces, 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.

Vegetarian-friendly options include spinach and cheese triangles, the holiday favourite cranberry brie bites.

Trays of pies.
Catering tip: Add a festive twist with a delicious pork and cranberry sausage roll, turkey and cranberry sausage roll, or try serving a spiced cranberry chutney with your hot food.

Christmas party finger food catering tips

Here are some other useful Christmas event catering tips to help make your office holiday event planning a breeze:

How many finger food items per person should I serve for my event?

Depending on the length of your Christmas party, we'd recommend the following serving sizes:

  • 1-hour event: 6 pieces per person
  • 2-hour event: 9 pieces per person
  • 3-hour event: 12 pieces per person
  • 4-hour event: 16 pieces per person

What finger food should I order, hot or cold food?

A combination of both is best for your Christmas event. If you don't have anywhere to keep your food warm, serve the hot foods first, followed by the cold.

Grazing tables with fruits and cheese make a great option in lieu of desserts that you can put out once the pies and sausage rolls have been gobbled up.

What are some of the best finger foods to meet dietary requirements?

All around items like rice paper rolls, veggie-and-dip platters and fruit plates are great options that cover a bunch of dietary requirements.

Vegetarian and vegan finger foods

  • Rice paper rolls (without meat fillings)
  • Falafels
  • Vegetable skewers
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable platters with dips

Gluten-free finger foods

  • Rice paper rolls
  • Fruit and vegetable platters
  • BBQ skewers

Dairy-free finger foods

  • Sausage rolls (as long as the crust isn't made with butter)
  • Sushi

Christmas finger food catering, including cheese, prawns, small pies and seafood.

Cater for your Christmas spirit

Providing a variety of easy, yet festive finger food options for lunch or dinner is key to a successful and fun Christmas spread. Ensure you have both hot and cold Christmas party finger foods available, and a variety of flavours for a balanced palette. Getting your food menu right can make or break your holiday shindig, as when the food goes south, so does the Christmas cheer.

For more advice or inspirational food ideas relating to office Christmas party catering and delicious and fun catering that everyone will love, get in touch with the friendly team at Order-In. Alternatively, browse our online catering menus if you’d like to order finger food catering for your office Christmas bash. Don't forget that if you need help planning your holiday party, our event managers are on hand to help with themes, decorations, equipment hire, staff hire and more!

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