3 Tips for Throwing a Successful Baby Shower in the Office

3 Tips for Throwing a Successful Baby Shower in the Office

Our office held a baby shower for one of the members of our team, Dana, who is about to head out on maternity leave. This isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to throwing baby showers for team members expecting either —not to toot my own horn too much, but we’ve got everything about hosting baby showers down to a science! But for many offices, and startups especially, holding a baby shower for a pregnant coworker for the first time can look like a daunting task. Where do you get started? The answer is a lot simpler than you think!

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First, don’t let the mom-to-be do the heavy lifting.

Literally and figuratively here —anyone expecting should not be coordinating the final arrival details on catering or staying late after work blowing up balloon arrangements. You, and anyone else who can pitch in and get involved, need to take the lead and let the mom sit this one out. This will seem obvious when it’s a surprise shower, but even if it’s an open shower everyone has received an invitation to weeks in advance for, it’s still bad manners to additionally have the mom working out last-minute decisions with everyone else.

Make it a group effort.

Baby showers mean buying baby gifts which many people can easily assume looks like this: $$$. But it doesn’t have to be an expensive event—if you’re on a budget, look into chipping in with everyone in your department to buy a joint present from the whole team. Get a card circulating around the office and have everyone sign it together. More than one card is always welcome, but it’s always great to have a card with everyone’s signatures and congrats inscribed inside!

Order out a healthy lunch.

Food brings everyone together and for a pregnant mama especially, having some tasty eats nearby will curb any sudden cravings quickly. Lunch also helps give the shower some structure as well as keep the overall mood relaxed—you can plan to open presents before eating and play a few fun games afterward or vice versa!

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