68 teams. 67 games. 19 days. Let the Madness begin! Maybe the adrenaline has yet to kick in at your workplace, but especially for all those basketball lovers out there, we can only guess you’re starting to feel the energy. And the perfect way for you to maximize that energy is to share it with your team.
Everyone from your company’s big talkers to March Madness newbies can fill out a bracket. Why not add to the camaraderie and competition and make it a party? That includes wings, drinks and team decor—anything to spice up the work week and bring people together over the excitement that’s about to ensue on the court.
We can help you plan your March Madness office party and provide you with a mouthwatering menu to boot. Here are some ways our team can bring the heat:
Favorite finger-licking foods
A potluck is always a good way to liven up a basketball game-inspired office party. That or catering your event would make it more stress-free and enjoyable, especially if you’re the one in charge of planning. Delicious food, a custom menu and prompt service are what you would expect if you’re leaning toward the catering option.
Here are some of our favorite appetizers our team could provide you with for your March Madness event:
- BBQ Wings: Grilled chicken wings with Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce
- Mini Sliders: Grilled Angus burgers topped with caramelized onions and American cheese
- Mini Vienna Hot Dogs: Pure beef hot dogs served on a bite-sized bun with ketchup and mustard on the side
- Bacon & Cheese Baby “Reds”: Baby red potatoes filled with crisp smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream and chives
- Carnitas Quesadillas: Tender braised pork, chihuahua cheese, scallions and tomatoes in a flour tortilla
- Veggie Quesadillas: Spinach, artichoke hearts, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and melted jack cheese in a flour tortilla
- Chipotle Cheddar Dip: Cheddar spread with chipotle peppers, pretzel rods, sliced French baguette and fresh vegetables
- Italian Sausage Bites: Italian sausage bites & potato wedges grilled with peppers and onion in Italian au jus
Maybe you’re making a whole day out of this event and want to also offer your coworkers something a little more substantial. If so, try our Italian beef. It’s AMAZING, and many of our clients swear by it.
Swishing good drinks
Every party, sports-themed or not, needs a proper hydration station. It’s important that you have a decent mix of beverages for your teammates to wash down their savory bites. For your March Madness gathering, arrange coolers with various flavored Gatorade bottles. This easy, simple visual cue will certainly set the tone for your party as well as keep up those electrolytes.
For many sports parties, simply beer will do. But March Madness comes once a year. Why not flavor up? Here are some of our favorite orange-inspired drinks:
Orange vodka, Grand Marnier, orange juice
March Madness Margarita
White whiskey, cointreau, fresh lime
Sunny D Screwdriver
Orange vodka, Sunny Delight, 7-Up
Orange soda, whipped cream flavored vodka, sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream
Mad party flair
It’s important to set the stage for your March Madness gathering. Give the office a makeover and your teammates a break from work. Maybe they’re not at work at all. Maybe they’re on the court. It’s amazing what a few decorations can do. DIY plastic cup baskets (with ping pong balls), VIP March Madness tickets, jerseys, sweat bands, whistles, black and orange balloons—there are tons of awesome ways for you to dress up your break room.
Pump it up
Basketball is an easy game to fall in love with. Let’s say there are a few people in your office who aren’t entirely sure how the brackets work. Doesn’t matter. The more people to add to the March Madness roster, the better! Here is a comprehensive article on everything you need to know about brackets and the process of picking your players. Everyone deserves to be included, and it’s always fun to show newbies the ropes.
The madness is just getting started. If this post got you excited and thinking about a party at your office, we’d love to help you make your thoughts a reality. Connect with us!
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