by Lauren Salkeld
Gourmet/Romulo A. YanesHost a Dunder Mifflin-themed evening with our recipes and entertaining tips
A broken copy machine, several coffee mugs, and as many annoying co-workers as you can stomach
Iron your best business-casual outfit, then brainstorm ways to offend everyone at the party
A business-romantic meal that would please the party-planning committee
Most of the food featured on The Office is related to someone's lunch or an office celebration, especially office-sponsored birthday parties. We used these moments from the show as inspiration for an Office-themed buffet menu that's perfect for hosting a casual watch party at home. Tuscan Tuna and Bean Sandwiches are a dressed-up version of a classic-remember Andy calls Jim "Big Tuna" because he always eats tuna sandwiches. Mini Lobster Rolls are an easy, affordable way to serve something extravagant and are a tribute to Michael and Holly's business-romantic lunch at the local seafood restaurant. To round out the buffet, we suggest Beet Salad with Ricotta Salata and Black Olive Croutons in honor of Dwight's farm, and New York Pretzels because each year office curmudgeon Stanley looks forward to free pretzel day at the office. For dessert, we give a nod to all the birthday parties thrown at the Scranton branch and recommend a Fudgy Chocolate Birthday Cake.
To create a more authentic office environment, drag your water cooler into the living room so folks can gather around it for a good chat. You could even fill an empty water cooler with whatever cocktail you're serving. To create that office-party look, decorate with streamers, balloons, and at least one homemade sign or banner printed from your computer. And, make like Michael Scott and give prizes to anyone who finds a "golden ticket" hidden in their napkin.
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