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Best Company Party Ideas OC
Credit: Timothy Kwon
Best Company Party Ideas OC
Credit: Timothy Kwon

5 Company Party Ideas That Your Employees Will Actually Want to Attend

Enjoy Elevated Corporate Catering With Plates + Bowls

Looking for a way to throw a company party that’ll have the RSVP list filled by EOD? Ditch that idea for a pizza party and opt for a sustainably sourced, all-natural alternative with corporate catering company Plates + Bowls. Local to Orange County, Plates + Bowls offers companies the opportunity to fuel up their employees for success with creative, seasonal snacks and meals while enjoying fun setups that celebrate a company’s culture and personality. Plates + Bowls can gladly customize any corporate or office party within 36 to 48 hours’ notice. Here are five of our favorite party themes for your upcoming shindig.


1 | Summer Lunchtime BBQ

Best Company Party Ideas OC
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Who wants to sit inside a stuffy office when it’s summertime in Orange County? With sunshine, 75 degree weather and the beach in sight, a lunchtime BBQ only makes sense! Trust us, you’ll be the coolest boss in town treating the staff to a Plates + Bowls lunch.

With three different BBQ packages (including a vegan option!), Plates + Bowls can help curate an idyllic, catered lunch this summer. Utilize your outdoor office space and get outside during the workday. Everything from pulled pork sandwiches, blackened salmon, beef skewers, pulled jackfruit and mac and cheese is available for catering, not to mention the ultimate summer dessert—strawberry shortcake!


2 | Mocktail Happy Hour

Whether you want to keep things workplace-friendly or want to give partygoers some fun and creative booze-free options, we recommend opting for Plates + Bowls’ Mocktail Happy Hour. Summer Fridays, anyone? Clink glasses and say cheers with season-driven mocktails–watermelon basil mojitos, dragon fruit lemonade and berry spritzers–and fill up bite-sized nibbles and noshes like charcuterie, antipasto and mezze happy hour platters. Stay true to the zero-proof cocktail party vibes by playing crowd-pleasing tunes, or go all out with some sparkling water pong!


3 | Tea Party

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With Plates + Bowls’ Tea Party, your team can trade the water-cooler chats for a chic and classy high tea. Employees will love sipping on hot and iced tea while digging into a beautiful spread of assorted finger sandwiches, small bites and mini desserts. Some stars of the show include scones with various jams and spreads, tiny leek quiches, veggie paninis with hummus, bite-sized beef Wellington with mushroom duxelles, cucumber, dill and avocado sandwiches, tuna and salmon tartare with crème fraiche and caviar and tiny lemon meringue pies. To go all-in on the theme, we recommend having partygoers bring their own teacups or even holding a contest for the best tea-time hat! This party is best in an outdoor setting under the SoCal sunshine. 


4 | Hot Pot

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Want something truly unique and delicious for your next company party? Look into the Hot Pot party from Plates + Bowls. The hot pot options include two types of broth (chicken and vegetable), noodles, loads of traditional and nontraditional mix-ins, coconut shrimp and crispy spring rolls. This warm and comforting spread is great for chilly weather or switching up the typical menus for fall and winter holiday celebrations. Hot pot is traditionally a family-style eating experience, so we think this party will pair perfectly with some fun get-to-know-you games.


5 | Poke Bar

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Plates + Bowl’s Poke Bar party is perfect for luncheons, tropical celebrations and cooling off when the weather is warm. Employees can pile bowls of white rice and market greens with several classic poke toppings and delicious seafood protein options like shrimp skewers, citrus poached salmon and—of course—ahi poke. To complete this party, have guests attend in Hawaiian shirts and consider offering a signature punch served in fun tiki drinkware!


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Born and raised near the Pacific Coast, Jordan Nishkian is a California girl through and through. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Creative Writing and a BA in Anthropology, and her favorite place to be is curled up in a comfy chair with a book in her hand and a pen in her hair.

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