Summer is finally here! But for a lot of people, summer can mean long days at your desk, looking out of the window, wishing you were in the sun. So why not bring a little summer indoors? Check out these great ideas to simultaneously heat things up and chill things out in your workplace.

Any day of the week is perfect for an ice cream sundae social! Whether you order in your neighborhood’s best scoops, or everyone contributes a flavor or topping, office sundae parties are a fantastic way to inject a little fun into your workplace. Set out your ice creams, toppings, and syrups in a central location, and watch the joy unfold before your very eyes.

Some sources claim that on a hot day, there’s nothing better than a little heat to cool you down. The science says that spicy foods can open your pores and help you get rid of a little extra temperature – but either way, it sounds like a great excuse to share something delicious. Whether you order up a burrito bar, spicy salsas or zinging’ chicken, it’s a great way to spice up lunchtime.

The term “Meze” comes from the Turkish meze meaning “taste, flavor, snack, or relish” – and refers to the small plates traditionally served to accompany alcoholic drinks in Greece, Turkey and other Eastern/European countries. Meze happens to make for a delicious, light, casual team lunch, but with dishes like rice-stuffed vine leaves, fried calamari, and stuffed muscles frequenting the menu, it’s also a great choice for an impressive meeting spread.

If your office has outdoor space, it’s the perfect excuse to get that grill out and celebrate summer the traditional way – with char-grilled everything. If you have the space, inviting family members can be a fantastic way to get to know your coworkers better without it feeling too formal. Order in accompanying sides and deserts to take it to the next level. If you’re looking to impress clients, invite them along to get to know your teams, and see your great business environment!

No outdoor space? No problem. There are plenty of caterers that can bring a cookout spread to your office complete with burgers, hot dogs, and fresh summer sides.

Salads aren’t always the most thrilling prospect – but a salad bar is a great way to create some in-office competition! Challenge your team to get creative and award prizes for unusual (but delicious) combinations, the most ingredients, the funniest salad name, and the most colorful salad. It’s a diet-friendly way to make light and healthy lunches fun!

Looking for more summer menu ideas to keep your team motivated this season? Reach out to our team and we’re happy to share more!