It’s holiday party season! Now that you’ve set a date for the big event, it’s time to start planning your menu (or book a caterer, such as your friends at Mundo Catering!). 

The question is: what are the best things to serve at a holiday party? Let’s go over some major crowd-pleasers. We hope it helps inspire your menu creation!

5 best things to serve at a holiday party

Here are some of the top things to serve at holiday parties:

tenderloin, turkey, or ham

What better main entree is there than a beautiful cut of meat? You can do any type of meat you’d like. However, in the wintertime, some of the best meats to stick with are tenderloin, turkey, or ham. They add plenty of protein to a plate and give that perfect holiday season feel. 


Pinwheels come in just about every variation you can think of. Want them to be a hearty appetizer? Consider a spinach dip style! Looking for seasonal pinwheels that make you think of the holidays? Get festive with cranberries, feta cheese, and the works. The possibilities are endless!

cheese board

This is a tried-and-true favorite! Start by picking out a few varieties of cheese (cheddar, brie, mozzarella, etc.). Next, add things that complement those flavors (nuts, jam, olives, grapes, chocolate, etc.). Finally, don’t forget to include a good amount of crackers to balance out all the flavors! Your guests will love it. 

winter salad

Winter salads are refreshing, sweet yet savory, and versatile. Think of ingredients like apples, pears, pecans, butternut squash, carrots, oranges, pomegranate, kale, red onion, and feta cheese. Start with your greens, and add in a variety of fresh fruits, carrots or butternut squash, cabbage, pecans, and much more for a fresh new spin on a salad. Also, don’t forget a delightful Dijon mustard dressing or another type of sweet dressing to bring all the flavors together. 


No holiday party is complete without a dessert menu, and one of the easiest but most delicious things you can make is cupcakes. We recommend doing something more traditional (like vanilla or chocolate) and something fun if you’re feeling festive (pumpkin and maple, etc.). That way, there’s a good chance that everyone will find something they like. (And if you don’t like cupcakes, cookies and cake can be great additions to your holiday menu!)


how do you narrow down the best menu for your holiday party? 

The easiest way to figure out the best menu for an event is to talk to a catering company. You’ll want to have the following information ready, as it may influence the menu:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Budget
  • Number of guests
  • Type of event
  • Any dietary restrictions
  • Special requests 

how do you make a holiday party special?

A great thing about holiday parties is that it’s an opportunity to get everyone together. If you want to make the night one to remember, work with your caterer to design a fun menu with lots of options, of course. However, you can also do other things to make the night shine, including having music (bands, speakers, DJs – whatever works for you and your event). 

You can also put together contests (best dressed, most festive, ugliest Christmas sweater, etc.) to help lighten the mood and make the night extra fun. Another great activity is having games on the stand by so that everyone has something to talk about. 

Related Blog: How to Throw a Fun Holiday Party

how do you host an amazing Christmas party? 

There’s more to hosting an amazing Christmas party than having a delicious menu (though a delicious menu certainly helps!). You’ll want to plan the event out over a series of weeks or months to make sure everyone can be there.

Invest in quality decorations, photo backdrops, and props (and don’t forget to try some of the ideas above for an unforgettable evening). Your annual Christmas party is a great time to show your team that they are appreciated. You don’t have to break the bank to host an unforgettable event. All you have to do is plan accordingly – and well in advance. 

is it worth it to hire a caterer for your holiday party?

Absolutely, it is worth it! If you want to wow your guests and make sure the event happens without a hitch, it’s important to have the right personnel in place. That includes a caterer who has experience in holiday parties. No matter what type of business you run, a caterer can help make the event a success!

Caterers can make sure your menu is seasonal, your food is delicious, and your guests feel welcomed and appreciated. We can also design menus around your guests’ dietary requirements, meaning that if one of your team members has allergies, it’s no problem. We will make sure there are tasty options for them so that they don’t feel left out.

Hiring a caterer for your holiday party can also save you the time and stress of planning out the food. It can take multiple hours to nail down the details of a private event. When you bring on a caterer, we will work with you to get everything ironed out so that you are happy with the finished result (and your guests are happy, too!).

holiday party food

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Ready to book your office holiday party? Mundo Catering is a highly rated Portland catering company that can help make a splash at your event this season. Our chefs are skilled in a variety of dishes and styles of food. We’re also happy to accommodate any allergy or dietary requirements.

The bottom line is this: we’re committed to giving you great food and a stellar customer service experience. If you have any specific requests for our catering company, we’d love to hear them!

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