Looking for Christmas-themed food ideas for the annual office potluck party? There are countless holiday-themed recipes available online but many of them are time-consuming, difficult and expensive. That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the web for the very best Christmas party food ideas that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and won’t break the bank! Amaze your co-workers this holiday season with one of the super easy (but still delicious and unique) party food ideas below.
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Pasta salad is the best idea for a potluck. Not only does everyone love it, but its also incredibly easy to make and doesn’t require any effort once you get to the office. Simply put it in a large container in the fridge and pull it out when you’re ready. It’s that easy!
Chocolate covered pretzels will be a sure hit with your co-workers. Buy some pretzel sticks and mini pretzels at the grocery store – along with some chocolate and sprinkles and you’re good to go. Melt the chocolate in a matter of seconds, dip the pretzels in the chocolate, then the sprinkles and you have a wonderfully delicious holiday treat.
This healthy and tasty appetizer requires about 5 minutes and 10 dollars. All you need is a couple of green peppers, Greek yogurt dip, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and some skewers. Cut up the vegetables and cheese and alternate each along the stick, as shown in the photo. A holiday-inspired appetizer that everyone will love.
These little appetizers look so fancy and delectable that everyone will think they took hours to make. Luckily, they take just minutes. All you have to do is buy a pack of melba toast crackers (garlic ones work really well), a brick of goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and balsamic reduction. Place the toasts on a sheet. Once all of the toasts are done, you can either serve them as-is or, if your office has a toaster oven you can throw them in for a few minutes to warm them up.
This is the item that everyone will be copying for years to come. Why? Because vegetables are a must-have at any potluck or get-together and this one is very festive and incredibly easy. Place the vegetables on the tray as you see them laid out in the photo. If you happen to find a festive little bowl, put the dip in that – it’ll add an extra touch of Christmas to this fantastic turkey veggie tray.
Another easy snack that everyone will love. Who doesn’t like cheese and grapes? Simply purchase a variety of cheeses and a bundle of green grapes and place them on a board in the shape of a Christmas tree. Use a stick of celery as the base of the tree and decorate throughout with a few leaves for garnish. This delicious and festive appetizer takes about 10 minutes to create – start to finish. It doesn’t get any better than that!
These are really easy – and equally delicious – but will probably only work if your office has some type of toaster oven (or possibly microwave if you’re really desperate). If your office has a toaster oven, these are so easy to make and your co-workers will appreciate the festive, deliciousness they bring to the party. You can dress them up with whatever vegetables you like – red and green are obviously the best.
These festive little nacho cups are an easy and great way to contribute to your holiday potluck party. Simply add guacamole, cheese and cherry tomatoes with cilantro. They’re perfectly bite-sized and delicious. If you want to spice things up a little, you can add a small piece of jalapeno pepper to each cup as well.
Bringing a salad to a potluck is a fantastic way to ensure your friends and family get some greens in their bodies to even out all those heavy pasta dishes that are sure to show up! If you have spinach, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and sesame seeds on hand, this salad will be easy for you to throw together in minutes.
These sweet little cups of goodness will be the belle of the potluck ball when dessert time comes around! The best part about this is that you make one mixture and simply divide it up into mini mason jars. Top with sugared berries and a sprig of rosemary and you have a snow-covered treat ready to be enjoyed by all.
A cheese log is a hit no matter what potluck you go to, and now you can color coordinate it to match the Christmas holiday season. With the help of cream cheese, cheese and walnuts, you can emulate nature’s winter colors while using dried cranberries and green onion to add the festive pop of color.
Bruschetta is often a savory dish that you can enjoy before a big meal. This time, while the purpose of bruschetta is the same, now it is a sweet and savory dish! With the natural sweetness of the pomegranate and the tart cranberry finish, your guests won’t know if they’re eating an appetizer or dessert, but no matter what they think it is, they will love it!
Pinwheels are a crowd favorite any day of the week. They’re savory, filling and often packed with some of our favorite foods such as cheese and meat! This Christmas create delicious pinwheels that look like the holiday season. Much like the other recipes, dried cranberries come to the rescue to make these pinwheels, Christmas wheels!
Get your side dish and croissant all in one! This side dish not only looks creative but tastes absolutely amazing! The green and white are perfect for Christmas. All you will need is pastry dough, asparagus, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and an egg. It’s so simple yet absolutely gourmet.
These little crostinis are the perfect alternative for those who are eating a vegan diet but still want to be included in the holiday festivities. With bright red pepper relish, you’ll find yourself humming Christmas carols as you arrange them on your favorite holiday tray.
Potlucks are fun but with limited time in the weeknights, you need something easy. This recipe screams easy and you’ll have a delicious dessert to contribute in no time. You’ll need store-bought two-bite brownies and just a few other ingredients. Follow our tutorial and recipe and you’ll discover just how easy this is!
This is essentially the same idea as the green trees but we’re sharing it to show you what else you can do with those incredibly easy chocolate trees. Swap green chocolate wafers for white and add candied silver balls for an elegant decoration. You can use these white Christmas tree toppers to transform an ordinary cake into a Christmasy one. You could also consider adding them to cupcakes or any other dessert, let your creativity run wild!
Whip up a platter of crackers and cheese and add a dash of creativity for your Christmas potluck. This idea is so easy you’ll only need 3 store-bought ingredients. If you don’t have a set of Christmas cookie cutter’s we’ve included a link so you can get your own. Here you’ll use the cookie cutters for the cheese but you’ll find yourself using these all season long whether it be baking cookies or cutting other soft food into fun shapes for the whole family.
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This idea is so easy it doesn’t need a recipe. Share a healthy treat and put a festive spin on it. These strawberry Santas are so easy to put together and everyone will get a kick out of them. All you’ll need are strawberries, whipping cream and a couple black sesame seeds for eyes.
Every potluck needs a fun beverage. Keep the festive theme going strong and contribute a slow cooker that is filled to the brim of delicious peppermint hot cocoa. This recipe only requires a few ingredients and then you’ll let the slow cooker do all the work. Bring your slow cooker to the potluck along with fun party cups and some delicious toppings such as whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
If you’re considering whipping up a batch of brownies for your potluck why not add a few additional steps to create festive Brownies for Christmas. These reindeer brownies are so easy to make and look adorable too. Those you share them with will certainly appreciate them and the best part is they didn’t require much work.
Chocolate Bark is one of the easiest treats to make in large batches which is why it’s great for potlucks. It’s also something you can customize to suit almost any theme! For Christmas, we’ve created a fun Christmas light chocolate bark that you’ll have fun creating and eating! You’ll only need 4 ingredients and a microwave to create this exciting treat.
Rice Krispie treats are enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Just like chocolate bark, you can get creative and make them suit any theme. For your Christmas potluck, you need to try these Rice Krispie cone Christmas trees. Instead of marshmallows chocolate will bind the Rice Krispies together and a parchment paper cone will mold the shape.
These oreo balls are sort of like a chocolate truffle but require minimal effort. These reindeer balls are filled with crushed Oreos and cream cheese. Then they’re dipped in chocolate and decorated with candy eyes, pretzels, and Sixlets candies.
Like Rice Krispies, Cornflakes can make an excellent ingredient for treats. You’ll combine Cornflakes with melted marshmallows and butter to form the wreath shapes. Green food color provides the vibrant color and red cinnamon candies are added for the finishing touches! These are so easy you can let your kids help you prepare them.
These cheesy puff pastry Christmas trees would be perfect for your Christmas potluck. They’re so easy to make and only require 3 simple ingredients. Serve up a platter of flaky irresistible pastry trees for an unforgettable treat.
Every Christmas season I have to watch the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. So why not put on the film and get making your own grinch popcorn. The red and green color is perfect for your Christmas potluck and everyone will gobble it up in no time.
Change things up and bring a boozy Christmas snack to your next potluck! Just make sure those of age are indulging in this treat. Boozy cherries are made from red maraschino cherries that are soaked in a vanilla flavored vodka. They’ll soak for up to 24 hours but make sure to save the vodka to mix into your favorite cocktail later. To add a Christmasy touch dip the cherries in a melted candy coating and decorate with festive sprinkles.
Cookies are always a crowd-pleasure so whip up a batch and bring them to your potluck. These chocolate chip cookies get a few upgrades to make them perfectly festive for the party. Firstly, you’ll trade milk chocolate chips for white chocolate. Then, you’ll add a few drops of red and green gel food coloring.
Are you considering a dip to bring to your Christmas potluck but want to contribute one that has festive traits? Look no further and bring this gingerbread cheesecake dip. You’ll trade savory flavors for sweet with a hint of traditional flavors of the Christmas holidays. Along with cream cheese, this dip contains flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Serve with graham crackers or your favorite wafer cookie.
Getting creative with your food can still be easy and this recipe proves how. Transform store-bought thin crust pizza crust into a delicious pull apart breadstick appetizer. The breadsticks are filled with a tasty spinach dip. Follow the recipe and directions and you’ll have this edible Christmas tree made swiftly.
Puppy chow, or in this case, reindeer chow is a popular snack item. It’s sweet and super addictive and would be a great treat to contribute to a potluck. This reindeer chow is made up of holiday M&M’s, peanut butter cups, pretzels, and homemade muddy buddies. The red and green M&M’s added the perfect holiday colors to this snack.
If you didn’t love the boozy cherries you’ll probably like these no-bake Baileys bonbons. They’re so easy to make and only require 4 ingredients. These bonbons are chocolatey, creamy, and definitely rich in flavor. Once complete, you can decorate them with festive red and green sprinkles.
Another crowd pleaser, especially around the holidays would have to be fudge. This fudge recipe is simple yet remains stunning and full of flavor. You’ll only need 3 ingredients, white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and crushed candy cane powder. They only take minutes to make and then will need to harden in the fridge overnight.
This triple layer vintage Christmas Jell-O will give you a blast from the past and you’ll be glad you brought it to your Christmas potluck. Lime jello makes up the bottom layer while the middle is made up of lemon jello and fluffy marshmallows. The top layer is a classic cherry but together they create an unforgettable bite.
Not only do these cookies take on the shape and colors of a traditional candy cane but they are flavored with peppermint too. They’re easy to make and would make an excellent contribution to your holiday potluck. You’ll need just a few ingredients to make these cookies. Follow the recipe and directions to whip these candy cane cookies into shape.
Potlucks are often thriving in sugar treats so why not share a delicious fruit platter instead! This example may be small scale but it shows how you can make a simple fruit platter festive by creatively arranging the food. You can create the layers of the Christmas tree with any fruit you like. Once your coworkers see your fruit platter they’ll devour it in no time.
This idea may not be exactly Christmas themed per se, however, the colors are perfectly festive for the holiday! Share a platter of these kabobs and your coworkers will go crazy for them. These skewers take the ingredients of Caprese salad and transform them into convenient finger foods that you can share. To create the skewers layer cherry tomatoes with basil, and mozzarella balls. To garnish, drizzle a savory balsamic glaze.
Who doesn’t love an ooey-gooey fudgy brownie? Share a plate of these Santa hat brownies at your office potluck and you’ll watch them disappear in minutes! This is a simple brownie recipe that requires minimal ingredients. To create the Santa hats use a strawberries and whipped cream!
This 4-ingredient treat is stunning in color and delicious in flavor. All you’ll need to create this gumdrop nougat is butter, white chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and red and green gumdrops. This treat will only take you 15 minutes to make and can be stored in the fridge until you’re ready to share at work!
Do you enjoy fudgy brownies? Then you’ll love these gingerbread bars! They’re soft and chewy and perfectly seasoned to taste just like gingerbread! Bake the bars in the oven and then whip the cream cheese frosting together. Decorate the bars with the frosting and festive sprinkles of your choice.
These JELL-O Santa hat cookies would look adorable on a platter and your coworkers will go crazy for them. These cookies truly melt in your mouth! To create them you’ll need egg whites, strawberry JELL-O, white chocolate, mini marshmallows, and just a few other ingredients.
Devilled eggs are one of the most popular potluck food items! To create a festive platter consider trying this recipe! It’s a regular devilled egg recipe but what makes them unique is their coloring. You’ll use red and green food coloring to transform this appetizer into one that is perfect for the holidays.
Red velvet cookies are perfect for Christmas! These cookies are bold red and incredibly delicious too! From start to finish you’ll only need 20 minutes to create them. Once they have cooled decorate using a homemade cream cheese frosting and garnish with festive red, green, and white sprinkles!
Another excellent cookie option would be these red, white, and green cookies! If Santa loves them so will your coworkers! You’ll need just a handful of ingredients to make these and you’ll most likely have them on hand already! To transform these cookies with festive colors mix in festive colored sprinkles and red and green M&M’s.
Do you despise baking? No problem! Try creating these holly jolly cookie sticks! This recipe is so easy because it requires all store-bought premade ingredients. To create the cookies dip Pirouette French Vanilla cookie sticks in melted white chocolate. Then, garnish using Christmas sprinkles of your choice!
Tired of green leafy salads? Try a sweet salad for a change! This cranberry fluff salad is a vintage recipe but remains exciting in both flavor and texture. This salad is made up of cranberries, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, and whipped cream topping.
Another great alternative to a leafy green salad is this Christmas salad. It’s savory, creamy and oh so delicious! This simple recipe combines broccoli and cauliflower florets with red onion and cherry tomatoes. Smother those ingredients in a simple creamy dressing that your coworkers will surely enjoy!
Cheese balls are great for parties, especially potlucks! Instead of creating one cheese ball you need to make these cheese ball bites! They are so easy to make too! To make them festive coat them in alternating red, white and green ingredients. Some great examples of these toppings are walnuts, dried cranberries, fried onions, chives, crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds.
This pesto tortellini can be served both chilled and at room temperature. If your office doesn’t have a fridge big enough to store potluck food items then you need to make this recipe! Considering they can remain at room temperature, they won’t turn rancid (phew)! To build these skewers you’ll use tortellini, pesto, sundried tomatoes, and small wooden skewers. It’s so easy you have to try it!
Share a platter of decadent truffles with your coworkers this holiday season. They look gourmet but are actually quite effortless to create. To make this recipe even easier start by baking your favorite boxed brownie mix. Once the brownies have cooled use a fork to create crumbles. Then, form the crumbles into bite-sized balls and freeze. Setting them in the freezer will help them keep their shape. Lastly, dip them in melted chocolate and garnish with crushed candy canes and a drizzle of white chocolate!
This cranberry salsa is unlike any snack you’ve tried before! Spicy jalapenos balance the flavors of tart cranberries and together create one tasty treat! In addition to fresh cranberries and jalapenos, you’ll need red onion, fresh cilantro, and a few seasonings. Place the salsa on top of a soft brick of cream cheese and serve with crackers or chips of your choice!
Cranberry bliss bars are every Starbucks addicts favorite! If they weren’t one of your favorite holidays treats before they will be now! This is an easy copycat recipe of the Starbucks classic holiday treat. Your coworkers will be astounded to discover you made them yourself!
These cheesecake bars are rich and super easy to make! They’re infused with lovely flavors of peppermint and decadent white chocolate. To create these bars start with a delicious crust. Then mix together the cheesecake filling and top with white chocolate baking squares and crushed candy canes. As a bonus, this recipe is also gluten-free!
Chip dip is a crowd favorite so there is no wonder that a dessert dip would be popular too! This candy cane dip is perfect for the holidays and your coworkers will love it! The ingredient list is short, all you’ll need is marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, peppermint extract, crushed candy canes, and red food coloring. Serve the dip with your favorite wafer cookie!
Share a warm flaky danish with your coworkers. This holiday tree is festive and edible! Start with store-bought crescent roll dough. Instead of unrolling the dough you’ll cut the roll of dough into 11 rounds. Form the Christmas tree shape and top with a delicious cream cheese. Bake them in the oven and then garnish with cherries and a delicious frosting drizzle!
Create a stunning Christmas tree pastry to bring to your office potluck! You’ll only need 6 ingredients. These include store-bought puff pastry, pecans, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and icing sugar to garnish! They’ll come together in a hurry and everyone will enjoy them.
Funfetti shortbread bites are a delectable little snack that would be perfect for your office potluck! This shortbread recipe is short and simple and you’ll have this treat made quickly! First, you’ll need to mix the ingredients to create a dough. Don’t forget to add the festive sprinkles! Place the dough in a square pan and chill in the fridge. Lastly, cut the dough into little squares and finish by baking them in the oven.
This no-bake recipe comes together effortlessly and tastes lovely too. To create these white chocolate clusters you’ll need chow mein noodles, salted peanuts, white chocolate, and festive sprinkles. All you have to do is melt the chocolate, pour over the chow mein noodles and peanuts and form the clusters onto a baking sheet with parchment paper. Garnish the cluster with sprinkles and set in the fridge to harden.
These sweet peppermint patties are incredibly easy to make and don’t require any baking. This recipe requires 6 simple ingredients all of which you’ll most likely have on hand. Use food coloring to create the different colors and infuse the patties with peppermint extract for a delicious holiday flavor!
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