December 3, 2020 • Workplace5 min read

The best food & drink boxes for your virtual work party

What makes a work party great? Mouth-watering food and drink aplenty, of course! Thankfully, we've got loads of food and drink boxes you can send to your teams@home while you continue to social distance - the perfect addition to your virtual work party.

Throwing a virtual work party while we continue to social distance? Don't forget about the food! Getting the grub right can make or break a party, even when it's hosted over a Zoom call from the comfort of your own home. So, in order to make your work do the one-of-a-kind, memorable event you're aiming for, you'll need to keep your colleagues stocked up with plenty of moreish nibbles, tempting treats, and delectable drinks. Thankfully, City Pantry has you covered!

We’ve been connecting companies with the best restaurants and caterers for years, and we're continuing to do so even when most offices are closed. In March 2020, we launched Pantry Packages as a way of helping you feed your teams@home and keep them engaged - it’s the ideal service to use for your virtual work party. From DIY cocktail kits to festive hampers, our Pantry Packages food and drinks boxes are the perfect way to celebrate as a company while the office is shut.

So without further ado, here are the best food and drinks boxes for your virtual work party, brought to you by Pantry Packages:

Alcohol & soft drinks hampers for your virtual work party

Birds eye view of three red cocktails with blackberries scattered around

No work party is complete without free-flowing, thirst-quenching beverages, so while it’s not possible to head to the bar or pub with your workmates you can send the wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks to their homes instead!

  • If it's something fruity you're looking for, why not try Tispy Jar for fresh cocktails (and mocktails) made with local ingredients, ready for you and your teams to shake and pour at home. Or have pre-made cocktails send through their letterboxes with something sweet from Boxtails!

Colleagues want something a little less fruity for their work party celebrations? How about a box of craft beers from The Libation Station? Choose between a four- or a six-pack of some of the best craft beers in town. You’ll find cans from:

- Tiny Rebel
- Beavertown
- Gipsy Hill
- Magic Rock
- Siren Brewery

Beers lined up on a bar

We also have a range of interactive wine and beer tasting options, as well as DIY kits available for those who want some entertainment alongside their drinks. Here are some of our favourites:

- Ascot Brewing Company cheese and craft beer tasting

- Astrum Wines wine tasting

- The Cheese Truck interactive cheese and wine tasting

- The Cheese Geek cheese and wine/beer pairings

- Kid-bay cheese and wine tasting experiences

- GOAT cocktail making kits and classes

Need an alcohol-free alternative for those who don't drink? Lucky Saint creates 0.5% ABV lager that won't let your colleagues down. Or how about some fresh juices from Sejuiced or Junius for a wellbeing-focused party? Agua de Madre also offers delicious, health-focused drinks for your colleagues to enjoy during your virtual party. The great news? These packages can be delivered to your colleagues' homes across the UK!

DIY meal kits and food hampers for your virtual work party

Wooden table with plates of cheese, crackers, and cold meats on top

Now that you’ve got the drinks sorted, it’s time to think about what food you can provide for your virtual work party. Thankfully, we’ve got Pantry Packages food boxes to suit all vibes - chilled, up-beat, exciting, and oh-so-classy.

Here are some of our top recommendations:

- Bespoke food hampers from Country City Catering

- Canape boxes from Dinner Ladies

- Luxury festive hampers from GAIL's and Colette

- Picnic and afternoon tea boxes from Sereso or Piglet's Pantry

- Pub in a Box and various other party boxes from Jimmy Garcia Catering

We also have some great DIY boxes that you can incorporate into a team activity (or competition!). How about a pizza making workshop with a kit from Pizza Pilgrims? Try to build your own meat or vegan burgers with a DIY box from Patty&Bun or Dirty Bones. And don't forget to order something to satisfy your sweet tooth, like a deocrate-your-own cupcake kit from Lola's Cupcakes! Encourage your teams@home to don their favourite apron, dial into a group video call, and get cooking! 

Hands making pizza in frying pan

Looking for something a little more chilled? We’ve got gift cards that your colleagues can redeem through Just Eat for a relaxed takeaway on the sofa. 

Pair it with a Netflix watch party, and you’ve got yourself a super chilled party with no added pressure. It’s a good option for those on tight budgets too!

Sweet treats for your virtual work party

And what's a party without something sweet? Let's start with a party favourite: cake! Order boxes of beautifully packaged and oh-so-cute cupcakes from Kute Cake to end your festivities with a touch of sweetness! Made with natural ingredients, these stylish treats look almost too good to eat... almost.

Pastel-coloured boxes and cupcakes

If you want to turn dessert into entertainment, Kute Cake also offers decorate-your-own kits - no baking required!

Not for you? Don't worry! We have plenty more sweet treats to choose from, including the following, which are all available for UK-wide home delivery:

- Decadent brownies from Bad Brownie, EK Bakery, and Luminary Bakery

- Plant-based goodies from Nummy and Lovely Buns

- Cakes in a jar from Jack's Bakery

And much, much more!


We hope that gave you some foodie inspiration for your virtual work do at home! If you'd like to order teams@home Pantry Packages food boxes or gift cards, please get in touch with your Account Manager or email foodguru@citypantry.com. Many of our packages are available for nationwide delivery, and some can even be shipped internationally!

If you're looking for some tips on how to throw a virtual work party, be sure to check out our dedicated blog post.