To some people, the idea of hosting a baby shower at the office seems totally out of bounds. To others, it’s perfectly natural – especially as the gathering can double as a short-term going-away party for someone taking maternity leave.
If you’re reading this, it’s probably a moot point to you. You’ve been tasked with planning a work baby shower, and it’s time to get down to business. One of your first priorities is to send out invitations.
As with any office event, the exact do’s and don’ts depend entirely on the work environment. However, in general, a baby shower at work is lower key and a little more buttoned up than one held outside the office. The invitations should reflect that, whether they take the form of paper invites, emails, or flyers.
Of course, before you can do much of anything, you need to get the basic details of the party nailed down. Once you have that information in hand, you’re ready to draft an invitation. For some ideas, check out these examples of office baby shower invitation wording.
Traditional Invitation Format
Here are some samples of work baby shower invitation wording that might be appropriate for a paper or electronic invite.
- You’re Invited To An
Office Baby Shower
In Honor Of
Friday, January 17
11AM – 1PM
Conference Room 2A
Drop in to enjoy a catered lunch and wish Stephanie the best as she begins her maternity leave!
- Please Join Us For An
Baby Shower Potluck Honoring
Thursday, June 11
11AM – 2PM
Main Conference Room
Drop in to enjoy some food and celebrate the imminent birth of Steven’s first child! Potluck signup form is outside Betsy Wendell’s office (B116).
- It’s a Baby SPRINKLE!
Join Us As We Honor Second-Time-Mommy
Friday, November 9
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
No gifts or cards necessary – if you’d like to give something, please consider contributing a package of diapers (any size).
In case you’re wondering, a baby sprinkle is a cute term for a baby shower celebrating someone’s second child (or third, etc). For more baby sprinkle wording ideas, check out this article.
Here’s an example of a simple email invite for a baby shower at the office.
- Subject: Office Baby Shower For Faith Granger
We’re throwing a baby shower for Faith Granger as she begins her maternity leave! Here are the details for those interested in attending:
Tuesday, March 7
11AM – 1PM
Ellie Patel is collecting money for a group gift from Faith’s baby registry. This is totally optional, but if you’d like to contribute $10 toward this gift, please visit Ellie’s office (11-217).
Hope to see you there!
Surprise Office Baby Shower
Finally, here’s an example of wording for a surprise work shower.
- Subject: SURPRISE Baby Shower For Juanita Perez
As many of you know, Juanita Perez will be starting her maternity leave soon. In honor of the new addition to her family, we’re holding a surprise baby shower:
Friday, February 22
5PM – 7PM
Westwood Country Club
If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to John Willits (123-4567 / [email protected]) no later than February 15.
For those interested in giving a gift, Juanita is registered at Target. This is completely optional. Your presence would be the best gift of all.
Did I mention that this is a surprise baby shower? Let’s see how well we can keep a secret around here!
Gifts can be a tricky subject for office showers, especially if some invitees don’t know the honoree that well. One option is to hold a diaper raffle, which not only allows the parent-to-be to stock up on diapers, but serves as a fun game. For more information, check out this article on diaper raffle wording ideas.