Throwing a lunchtime baby shower at work can be a fun and thoughtful way to celebrate a colleague's upcoming arrival. Here are some tips for throwing a short but sweet baby shower at work:
- Secure a spot to host and get permission and approval from the powers that be. A conference room or an outdoor spot like a covered eating area would be ideal.
- Choose a date and time such as during a lunch break or shortly after work hours. Keep in mind that the baby shower should be short to accommodate work schedules.
- Set a budget: Determine a budget that works for the size of the guest list and what you plan to provide at the baby shower.
- Let people know ahead of time when and where the celebration will be held and post a sign-up sheet for bringing food, treats, and drinks. It’s easier to ask people to bring a certain item than to leave it open. Choose simple and easy-to-serve finger foods such as mini sandwiches, fruit skewers, or cupcakes.
- Create a guest list of colleagues who work closely with the mom-to-be or who would like to celebrate with her. Consider whether to invite everyone in the office or only those in her department.
- Decorate the space: Ask the mom-to-be what theme she has chosen for the baby’s room, then use this as the theme for the baby shower. Decorate with balloons, streamers, or other simple decorations.
- Plan a short activity: Plan a quick and easy activity such as guessing the baby's gender, baby bingo, or a diaper raffle. Keep in mind that the activity should be short and not interfere with work schedules.
- Give a group gift: As a group, consider buying a small and meaningful gift that everyone can contribute to. For example, a group card or a basket of baby essentials such as a Bebe Gift Box
- Allow time for the mom-to-be to open gifts and make sure to take pictures to capture the memories.
Remember, the goal is to show your colleague that you care and are excited for their upcoming arrival.