8 Best Donuts Catering & Decor Ideas For Christmas 2023

Tuesday, 20th December 2022

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After a year-long wait, Christmas is finally here, and that calls for party gatherings, celebrations, (and Donuts catering). 

Most of us have already planned our holidays, with some preparing to throw the coolest Christmas party and others shopping for the best festive outfit. 


And if you’re in the first category, preoccupied with party preparations, we suggest you sit back and soak in the festive fervor. After all, this is the best time to spend with your family, friends, and loved ones, something hectic party arrangements will make you miss out on. 


But what about the party, you may ask? 


Well, you can let donuts catering services take care of the party from start to finish while you go holiday shopping or watch the snowfall. 


In case you’re wondering how donut catering can make your life easier during holidays, you can go through our blog: Here’s Why You Should Go For Donuts Catering This Christmas


Now, coming back to the Christmas party, it is as much about aesthetics as it is about food.


And while Shipley’s menu has got the buffet covered with the most delectable and authentically Texan donuts and kolaches, our Christmas catering plans are here to create charming party decor.


So without further ado, let’s have a look at the 4 top catering ideas for Christmas donuts: 

#1. Donuts catering tree for complimenting your traditional Christmas tree

xmas tree

For Christmas celebrations across the world, a Xmas tree is a must-have, as that’s where Santa leaves us gifts. 


On top of that, Xmas trees are rooted deep in the culture of the festivity and also add to the elegance of Christmas decor.


So why not sweeten the Xmas tree experience at your Christmas gathering with a donut Xmas tree? 


Yes, we are talking about a Xmas tree made from some of Shipley’s Christmas special donuts. Herein, a catering team will create a donut tree right beside your Xmas tree (or wherever you want it). Also, if you have some Christmas catering decoration ideas, you can share them with our team and we’ll turn them into reality.


Shaped exactly like a Xmas tree, your guests will surely fall in love with the donut tree and probably munch all the donuts in no time. Also, as donut trees are especially loved by children, you can add some delicious candies to the donut tree. 


Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? 


Our tip for donut trees: have one close to your party buffet or a mid-sized tree right on your kitchen table for a small family gathering. 


Can you DIY a Christmas donut tree? 


It is indeed possible to create a Christmas donut tree by yourself; all you need is the right materials and a knack for creativity. 


Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you DIY your donut tree. 

#2. A Xmas tree-shaped wall of donuts (as a counterpart to a donuts tree) 

donuts catering wall for Christmas

Donuts catering for Christmas isn’t just about the donut tree, as there’s a lot more in store for you. And among them is a donut wall shaped precisely like a donut tree. 


You see, donut walls are already a trend among events like wedding parties and more. In fact, in every event, a donut wall is an instant hit since everyone loves to savor a donut or two. 


So, when it comes to Christmas parties, you can try to make yours unique by going for a wall of donuts, among other catering decor plans.


Also, if you’re social media savvy, we suggest you click some pictures for your Instagram posts before your guests empty the donut wall. 


The best thing about a donut wall for Christmas is that you can easily make one by yourself. That’s because making a donut wall decor is way simpler (and cost-efficient) than creating a donut tree. 

#3. Snowman-themed donuts catering for Christmas

Christmas special donuts from Shipley's

Just like the Xmas tree made with donuts, another innovative catering solution for Christmas is a donut snowman. 


Themed especially for kids, a snowman theme is created with donuts covered with white frosting or powdered sugar. 


Not only does a donut snowman create a play area at your party for kids, but it also makes for the best dessert at the end for kids and adults alike. 


Interesting, isn’t it? 

#4. Custom donuts catered at your party buffet

custom donuts from Shipley's

Apart from decor with donuts, catering plans for Christmas also bring customized donuts shaped to match the occasion. And that includes donuts in the shape of Santa, a polar bear, fruits, Xmas tree, reindeer, and more. 


These are cake donuts featuring a wide variety of flavors like chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, cinnamon sugar, and coconut, to name a few. That means there will surely be a favorite donut flavor for everyone at your party. 

#5. Santa Claus shaped Christmas donuts catering

Santa Claus Christmas catering

Santa is the most awaited individual when it comes to Christmas. In fact, be it children or the kids within the grown-ups, everyone seems to be eagerly waiting for and guessing about Santa’s gifts. 


But what if we told you that you could turn the wait for Santa into a delectable party? 


We’re talking about Santa Claus shaped donuts, a delicacy that not only looks appealing but also yummylicious. So much so that from young kids to the elderly, these donuts will make everyone fall for them. 

Wondering how to make Santa shaped donuts? 

Well, to make Santa shaped donuts, we suggest you take different varieties of filled donuts, including chocolate, strawberry, apple, blueberry, and more. This will create a diverse experience and cater to the taste palette of every guest. 


Now, to create a Santa shape, you can take frosting and evenly cover the donuts, followed by designs and patterns such as Santa’s mustache and beard, among others.


Thereafter, you can take blueberry jam to create Santa’s eyes and strawberry or mixed fruit jam to make Santa’s nose and hat. Also, you can take a cherry and put it in the frosting to create Santa’s nose. 


There you have it, Santa Claus shaped donuts ready to cater. 


The best thing: You don’t need artificial food colors to make these donuts. 

#6. Baked hot chocolate donuts catering 

Baked hot chocolate donuts catering for Christmas 

Before we start with this catering idea, let us reiterate that baked donuts are indeed donuts, end of debate. 


Back to the recipe, this donut is all about fusing the warmth of hot chocolate with the delight of donuts. The idea here is to keep even the most health-conscious of guests munching on these delicacies without the guilt or worry of diet compromise. 


You see, everyone loves a mug full of hot chocolate, more so during the cold Christmas winters. And these baked donuts are sure to make the hot chocolate experience 10X better when catered at your Christmas party. 




Unlike regular liquid hot chocolate servings, these donuts are all about a layer of thick hot chocolate atop your favorite baked donuts. 


Imagine a soft and delicious glaze of hot chocolate and chocolate chips on top of freshly baked donuts. That’s what this recipe is all about. 


Sounds quite mouthwatering, doesn’t it? 

Here’s how you can create a layer of hot chocolate atop baked donuts: 

To create a hot chocolate glaze for your baked donuts, you can take any hot chocolate mix and add some hot water to it, creating a semi-liquid. 


Thereafter, you can add some powdered sugar and butter to this mix to add flavors and texture and whip it until a smooth paste is formed. 


Finally, add some chocolate chips to this paste, and your hot chocolate glaze is ready to be topped on donuts. 


Bonus: Add some Christmas-inspired sprinkles to these donuts, and your guilt-free Xmas donuts are all set for catering. 

#7. Red and green themed Xmas catering with cake donuts 

green colored donuts for christmas catering

Just like the colors of Christmas, a simple yet elegant red and green donut catering can be the showstopper at your Xmas party. 


Complicated as it might sound, one such party donut decor is quite straightforward. 


Let’s start with the donuts themselves, for which we suggest you go for different flavors of cake donuts. 


You can follow these three simple steps to create your own red and green Christmas donuts: 


Step 1: Take plain donut frosting and put it in two different bowls. 


Step 2: Get some red and green edible food colors and add them separately in the two bowls with frosting. 


Step 3: Mix the food colors with the frosting until you get red and green colors. 


Step 4: Glaze your cake donuts with red and green frosting, and your Xmas color-themed donuts are ready. 


Now that’s easy, isn’t it?


Coming to the catering table, you can take something as simple as red and green color table linen and covers. After all, the beauty of this catering decor lies in its simplicity.


Serve the colored donuts on trays or as part of a donut tower, and you’ll have both delicious and aesthetically charming catered donuts. 

#8 A Coffee bar with donuts and kolaches 

coffee and donuts catering for Christmas

Looking to host a Christmas party at the office? 


Well, a coffee bar can be your best bet for a corporate Xmas get-together. 


Coffee bars can be anywhere from one with a coffee urn to gourmet setups with espresso machines and in-house baristas. 


You see, with some perfect snacking options catered around the Christmas theme, you can make the simplest of coffee bars charming. And what better way to do so than with some Xmas special donuts and kolaches? 


To start with, you can source some Christmas donuts. This can be anything from glazed donuts with Xmas sprinkles to custom donuts that fuse the festive patterns with your business and brand. 


Next up, you can get some classic Texan kolaches as the perfect savory pairing with your donuts. 


Now, with a little knack for creativity, you can have the best-ever corporate Christmas party catering


You might also want to read – DIY Wedding Donut Tower: 5 Steps To Make One From Scratch

Final words 

As you can see, there are many exciting and innovative ways donuts can be the highlight of your Christmas party. 


The fact that donuts are all-purpose food makes them apt for appetizing brunch, snacks, desserts, and breakfast catering. And with Shipley’s mouth-watering donuts, kolaches, and beverages catering combos, you can rest assured on both food and event decor. 


Looking for one such donuts catering design ideas for your Christmas event? 


You can reach out to us, and we will make your party simply awesome. 


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