The 5 Best Summer Desserts for Office Parties: Spontaneous Celebrations to Liven Up Long Days

Posted by on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 with 2 Comments

Summertime at the office might be the hardest time of year to stay focused: between sunny weather, people coming and going from vacations, and just long, hot days, there are plenty of challenges to keeping up the daily routine. And while it might seem counterintuitive, providing plenty of group breaks and last-minute office parties might be just the ticket to keeping up productivity!

It’s true: research has shown that taking breaks is good for employee productivity, providing a chance for workers to mentally reset and recharge. Even more, group breaks offer a team the chance to reinforce social bonds and boost camaraderie, whether they need to vent about a difficult client or just voice to a sympathetic ear that it’s tough to come back from vacation to a full inbox.

strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a perfect summer dessert for an impromptu office party!
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And while lavish company picnics are wonderful, you don’t have to do a lot of planning to provide smaller and more casual office parties with a big impact. Next time your team meets a sales goal or beats a tough deadline, take the opportunity to provide a laid-back gathering the break room — the perfect way to encourage employees to take a little time to laugh and recharge in the midst of the long days of summer. And of course, you can make the most of the occasion by skipping the predictable sheet cake or box of cupcakes, and serve a refreshing summer dessert!

We’ve rounded up a few ideas for light, tasty treats that won’t leave your team in a food coma during a hot day… but will certainly draw a crowd into the break room for a much-needed respite from the usual grind!

Strawberry shortcake 

Juicy strawberries piled atop a fluffy spongecake – with a dollop of whipped cream, of course – is the quintessential summer dessert.

Cheesecake topped with fresh berries

OK, this may not exactly be a light dessert, but creamy cheesecake topped with fresh summer berries is a refreshing kind of indulgence!


Think of it like a grown-up sno-cone: ice is flavored with sugar and fruity syrups in this classic Italian dessert that won’t leave you feeling overfull and out of energy for the rest of the day.

Ice cream sandwiches

Scooping out ice cream for a group can be a pain – so order a round of ice cream sandwiches for a convenient single-serving dessert.

Panna cotta with fresh berries

Another Italian contribution, this dessert is made from cream, milk, sugar, and gelatin — sort of like fancy, creamy Jell-O. Topped with fresh summer berries or a fruit coulis, panna cotta is a good summer treat for a more upscale office occasion.

And the benefits of a surprise summer dessert go beyond productivity: at any time of year, treating employees to unexpected office parties helps communicate a message of appreciation to your team, boosting engagement and job satisfaction as well as providing the opportunity to build social bonds… and just have a break from the daily routine. And you don’t have to do it alone — has a wide range of menus with abundant summer dessert options, along with easy online ordering and prompt delivery! All you have to do is choose the perfect treat for your next celebration.


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2 responses to “The 5 Best Summer Desserts for Office Parties: Spontaneous Celebrations to Liven Up Long Days”

  1. Christine says:

    I think this article was spot on with the idea of group breaks for mental recharge; throw in some of that strawberry shortcake or cheesecake with berries, I’m there! No better way to boost team morale than sweets in the break room!

    • Sara says:

      Thanks Christine! It’s so true – a little something sweet really brightens up the day!