Office parties are a great way to reward a team and provide everyone with a space to relax. They can socialize in a setting outside of work and bond to make them a better team. However, if the party isn’t great, it won’t be as effective as you’d like.
One of the delicate parts of a office party is to eat well. When you have a large group of people, you will have a diverse set of food preferences. Instead of blowing the party budget on a wide selection of entrees, you can choose to have appetizers to feed your staff. This will allow you to offer a wide variety of food choices so everyone can enjoy the party. Here are some appetizer ideas you have on the table to throw the best work party possible.
Cheese sticks are a common favorite that may also be suitable for vegetarians. You can serve them with bamboo toothpicks to facilitate their individual collection. You can also have jalapeno poppers or crostini available to add a different flavor. Again, these are pub foods that will appeal to a large portion of your staff. A food ratio to have on hand is two sticks for each person attending your party.
You always want to offer healthy options to your staff. A fruit salad or fruit bowl is a great way to do this. Plus, it can provide a sweet “dessert” for those who don’t want to binge on sweet cakes and cookies. Your fruit salad can be themed, if desired. For example, you can stick to cooling melons and berries during the summer. However, apples, grapes, and heartier fruits are great options in fall or winter.
One of the best things about chicken wings is the width of the different varieties. This means you can serve wings for almost any taste or preference. You can also offer different sauces to vary the pleasures. Make sure you have wet naps available for people to keep their fingers clean. The wings are also great because they can be made without bones or gluten. A good rule of thumb is to have three wings for each participant.
Charcuterie boards have become increasingly popular in recent years. A charcuterie platter includes a collection of assorted meats, cheeses, fruits, and other snacks. Usually they are served for small dinner parties to provide a wide range of appetizers. However, it is impractical for a work crew to have several different small charcuterie boards. So instead, you can create a large charcuterie board from a table. Cover the table with butcher paper and place your selected items on top. Your staff will be delighted with the creativity and it will be easy to clean up afterwards.
Tortilla chips and mango and tomato salsa
It’s a great snack to add sour and spicy flavors to your options. Take mangoes, peppers, onions, lemons and jalapenos and mix them into a salsa. It provides a refreshing complement to tortilla chips, especially for a summer staff barbecue. This option is also gluten-free. If you wish, you can replace the tortilla chips with crackers or bread. Salsa is also a great addition to tacos or burritos.
Banana Split without ice cream
It’s hard to get ice cream at a staff party. You need to keep it from melting during the event, and if you don’t have the proper equipment on hand, you could end up with a mess. However, you can get the next best thing with a split banana but hold the ice cream. This banana split is a piece of strawberry and a piece of pineapple sandwiching a slice of banana on a skewer. It’s not ice cream, but it makes a cool, fresh treat to complement salty snacks.
Meatballs are a classic on the appetizer table. They are easy to eat in bite-size pieces and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can go with spicy, hot or even sweet flavors. Make sure you have enough skewers to go around. You should plan on four meatballs for everyone who attends.
Vegetable spring rolls
Vegetable spring rolls can add an Asian flavor to the party. They are vegetarian and easy to eat. If you want to add something to them, plan a sesame and peanut sauce for dipping.
When your team has been working hard and getting things done, it’s nice to provide respite from the daily hustle and bustle. An office party is a great way to reward your staff and enjoy each other’s company. Make sure you have a wide range of foods available for all tastes and sensitivities.