It’s so exciting to find out that someone in your office is expecting. Make it all the more fun by planning a Pinterest-worthy baby shower for them.
With all the restrictions of an office, it can seem overwhelming. But don’t let that discourage you! We spoke with a few ladies in our office who take on the planning. They provided some simple steps to make it totally manageable. We used their latest fête — a Paris-themed baby shower — as inspiration. Follow these tips and you’ll be a perfect office party planner in no time.
1. Plan, plan, and plan some more
About one month before the party, start planning the theme, decor, and number of guests. Always overestimate! This will also help you pick the size of room you’ll need. When the party is two weeks away, start gathering the supplies and crafting (if you’re going that route). This is a good time to plan out the food too.
Remember that you are in an office, so there may be some restrictions in your decorating plans. Some don’t allow hanging things from the ceiling or light structures, which can cause some issues. Look into this prior so you can plan accordingly!
Reach out to your coworkers to see how they can help. Do they have supplies – like a drink dispenser or platters? This will save money and guarantee you won’t be coming to the office with your entire kitchen.
Another tip? See if your coworkers (or their friends/family) have a special skill. It just so happened that there were some bakers and balloon artists for this party…
And remember to ask everyone to chip in for a registry item. It’s always a nice touch.
3. Don’t skimp on the food
The food is a big focus of office parties, and it’s a great way to tie in the theme. Having a small personalized cake for the mom-to-be is also a nice touch. It guarantees that she’ll have a treat at the end of the party, in case everything is gone while she’s mingling.
Don’t forget about fridge space! If you have items that need to be chilled beforehand, you should find a way to reserve some space.
4. Less is more
For the treats table, a black tablecloth can go a long way. It’s versatile and can be used with almost any theme. The neutral color is perfect for adding different pops of color, such as with confetti. Another option is a chalkboard table runner. It’s an easy way to label all of the food and looks so chic! Just add a few more themed accents and your table is good to go.
5. Consult Pinterest for DIY decor ideas
One of our favorite baby shower DIYs is the hot air balloon. Use punching balloons (they’re thicker and won’t deflate as easily), a fruit basket, lace fabric, and twine. Add flowers and hang!
6. Use multi-purpose decor
A fun twist is decorations that double as gifts, like these onesies. This party also had alphabet cards hanging from the wall, which were later turned into a book.
7. Get creative with the diaper cake
Diaper cakes are often cheesy, but we have to admit that this Eiffel Tower one is oh so chic!
It’s party time! When you see the mom-to-be’s face light up, you know that it was well worth the effort. Happy party planning!