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How to Throw a Party Themed “The Office”

How to Throw a Party Themed “The Office”

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“The Office” is a classic, so why not throw a Dunder Mifflin themed party? Decorations could be as elaborate or as simple as you want. The perfect venue would, of course, be a conference room. We recommend that you have plenty of office furniture and office supplies scattered around. It wouldn’t hurt to include desk toys, as well. You could make a banner that states the obvious, like “It Is Your Birthday,” or something else suitable for the occasion. You may want to use some sad looking decorations like partially inflated balloons and streamers hung sparsely with obvious masking tape. Print some funny memes from “The Office” and hang those around, as well. Have everyone dress as their favorite character from the TV show.

Entertainment could include: Dundie Awards for all your guests, a paper airplane contest (bracket style), a beet tossing contest, a timed crossword puzzle, Office Olympics (with yogurt top medals), a contest to identify who said what “The Office” quote, and the gossip game (whisper a story around the room and see how it sounds at the end).

Following is our recommended party menu, complete with the clips that inspired each food. Make each food extra funny by putting the name of the food nearby so everyone catches the reference.

Kevin’s Famous Chili

Make sure it includes undercooked onions, pressed garlic, diced whole tomatoes, and toasted ancho chilies. We’d say serve it off the floor for an extra touch of authenticity, but that probably isn’t a good idea. But you should serve the chili out of a giant stock pot at your “The Office” themed party.

Bacon on the George Foreman Grill

The traditional preparation method is six strips at a time, prepared with the George Foreman Grill on the floor next to the bed. Or you could keep things simpler (and safer) by cooking the bacon on a microwave bacon tray.

Tiramisu with Lots of Chocolate Powder

It’s best to attempt to talk on the phone while eating the tiramisu. Be sure to choke on the chocolate powder. You can make a beautiful tiramisu in a cheesecake pan, impressing everyone at your “The Office” themed party!

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit (sans Biscuit)

You’ll need an intern you can trick into bringing you this dish at 6 a.m., or you could make one yourself (even at the office) with this microwaveable egg poacher!

Chicken Pot Pie (Followed by a Nap)

Plan to serve one whole family sized pot pie per person. Bake your own and transport it to your “The Office” party with this pie pan and lid set.

Complimentary Pretzels with 18 Toppings

Make sure to include all 18 of the toppings: sweet glaze, cinnamon & sugar, chocolate, white chocolate, fudge, M&Ms, caramel dip, mint chip, chocolate chip, marshmallows, nuts, toffee nuts, coconut, peanut butter drizzle, oreos, sprinkles, cotton candy bits, and powdered sugar. Organize all those toppings in this handy condiment dispenser.

Ice Cream (That is Really Mayonnaise & Black Olives)

It’s called comfort food. The effect of this menu item is more about presentation than taste, so make sure you have the right bowls and spoons at your “The Office” party.

Birthday Cake

Make sure it’s just a white cake with no decorations and no theme. So you’ll need an icing spatula, but no decorating tips.

Donuts

These will only be served to those who remember your birthday. Want to make your own donuts for your “The Office” party? Start with a donut pan.

Wendy’s Frosty & Baked Potato

Eat these as a substitute for a date. Find a Wendy’s near you.

Beets (Because Nobody Likes Them)

You could serve pickled beets, beet chips, or roasted beets. No matter how you serve them, nobody will like them.

Enjoy your “The Office” themed party for any occasion! We’d love to see photos of your version. Do you have more suggestions for menu items? Let us know!

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