Searching for ways to amaze your co-workers with delicious party food ideas that won't take hours to prepare or break your budget? We've got you covered!


Here are five holiday-themed dishes that can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes and will be sure to impress.

1. Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels for a holiday office party

Temper your chocolate, dip your pretzel sticks, and have fun with your toppings! Not only will these treats satisfy any sweet tooth, they're also super simple to create and require minimal preparation. They can also be customized with a variety of candy toppings including a drizzle of white chocolate, mini Christmas trees, or red and green sprinkles for a stylish holiday treat.

2. Cheese Christmas Crackers

Festive cheese board for a holiday work party

You only need three items for this recipe—your choice of cheese, crackers, and meat. Chances are you may already have holiday-themed cookie cutters and if not, they're pretty inexpensive and easy to find. You can cut your cheese and meat into a variety of shapes including snowflakes, trees, stars, ornaments, or candy canes.

Since most people enjoy cheese and cracker platters, it's understandable why these snacks have become a staple appetizer at most social gatherings. Now with your fresh holiday take on this classic platter, you'll be sure to wow others with your lovable presentation.

3. Fruit Kabobs With Cream Cheese Dip

Healthy holiday snacks for an office party

Sometimes you need to bring a healthier and lighter option, which is why fruit kabobs are sure to be a crowd-pleasing treat. The best part—they only take 15 minutes to make! You only need four ingredients: cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and sour cream.

You'll beat the ingredients together until smooth and refrigerate until serving. Grab a few wooden skewers and pop on the fruits and you're good to go. You can get creative by choosing fruits with holiday colors like red strawberries, cranberries, or cherries, and green grapes or honey dew. If you're feeling extra cheerful, you can also use a cookie cutter to shape your fruit into trees or stars to up your holiday glam factor.

4. Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites

Santa hat treats for an office Christmas party

This one is pretty simple. Translation: anyone at any culinary level can master this delight in just a few minutes.

Buy a store-bought cheesecake and, using a cookie cutter, cut small circles into the cheesecake. In a piping bag, swirl some whipped cream on top, add in a strawberry with the top cut (to resemble a hat) and another dollop of whipped cream on top. Voila! How ridiculously cute and simple are these treats? They also require absolutely no cooking so it's a wonderful recipe to use when you're on a time crunch.

5. Persian Cucumber Bites With Lox & Dill Cream Cheese

Healthy cucumber bites for a holiday work party

This is a great way to squeeze in a veggie serving without killing the sweet holiday vibe. It's also gluten-free and takes about 20 minutes to prepare. Since it's a healthy alternative for those wanting to skip out on sweets, it's sure to be loved at holiday events. You can also opt out of the salmon if you want to make this a vegetarian option as well. See the full recipe here.

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