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Organizing a workplace party is a tough challenge by itself, let alone choosing a theme, sticking to business etiquette, and convincing your colleagues to attend. Office parties are ideal for creating relationships, networking, and team development. However, it takes quite a lot of planning to throw a great workplace party; it has to be exciting while still being inexpensive. Moreover, a party isn’t complete until there’s food and drinks, which is the real draw of the event. Now, you are probably asking—what appetizers are the best option for the upcoming party? Lucky for you, here is a list of the best foods and drinks for your next office event.

Healthy Snack Alternatives for Office Parties

Sugary donuts, candies, and pies have become a cliché. They also help put on extra weight, which is the real enemy of slim waists, people’s confidence, and productivity. That is why healthy food alternatives are “the new black”, especially for your formal office events.

Christmas Cupcakes
Healthy Christmas cupcakes for holiday office party
Healthy Christmas cupcakes for holiday office party

Christmas cupcakes are always the best festive snack for all the guests who have a sweet tooth. The good news is that you can make them healthy by using some coconut flour, oats, apples, and cinnamon. Moreover, cinnamon is known to be the most used spice in the holiday season too!

Gingerbread Cookies
Healthy gingerbread cookies at holiday office party
Healthy gingerbread cookies at holiday office party

Gingerbread, cinnamon, and cloves are the perfect formula for a successful Christmas party! Your guests will love the fact that they can grab a couple of cookies and eat with their fingers. This will also make them come back for more. Remember to prepare enough, so that everyone can enjoy them! On the internet, you will find a bunch of different recipes on how to make these—make sure you find a perfect mix of ingredients your guests will love.

Something to Satisfy the Thirst

When it comes to drinks at an office party, you might want to keep it alcohol-free since the boss may be just around the corner. Nonetheless, do not despair! There are many refreshing and delicious, non-alcoholic beverages your colleagues will love.

Alcohol-Free Beer
Entrepreneur grabbing alcohol-free beer at office party
Entrepreneur grabbing alcohol-free beer at office party

If you are one of those people who gets bored with all the kids’ drinks—don’t worry, you’re covered. Enjoy your party while drinking alcohol-free beer, which gives you the taste you crave, just without the hangover. Over the years, non-alcoholic beers have gone a long way, starting with lagers and IPAs, over to wheat and dark beers. The best thing about these is that you can find all the different aromas and enjoy them all night long, without ever getting that buzzed feeling.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin spice latte at holiday office party
Pumpkin spice latte at holiday office party

This is a fancy festive season drink, which you will probably have to refill a couple of times. No doubt, you have heard many people talk about this popular refreshment. Not only will it make your guests go crazy but it is also very easy to make! Mix some fresh pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, sugar, serve it cold, and there you have it! Delicious and tasty in under ten minutes.

Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Punch
Non-alcoholic cranberry punch for holiday office party
Non-alcoholic cranberry punch for holiday office party

Punch is always the best drink to serve at a party where you will have a big number of guests. Non-alcoholic cranberry punch brings up the holiday spirit and is a tasty, refreshing drink all of your colleagues will enjoy. Simply mix lemonade, cranberry juice, and sparkling water and serve it with slices of orange on top. You can also have some fun with the decoration and add some fresh cranberries into the mix to spice it up.

To sum it all up, the best advice you can get is to be relaxed and have fun, whether you are organizing or just attending the party. As an event planner, try to make it as casual as possible, but still within business etiquette. Serve cold dishes and drinks, preferably finger food, and rest assured that healthy food alternatives will make the event seem classy and professional.

Have any more ideas for food and drinks to serve at a holiday office party? Let us know down in the comments.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.