I have always loved hosting baby showers, and to me, half of the fun is coming up with a cute theme. Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, so my co-hostesses and I decided to go with a precious pink pumpkin baby shower theme for a recent work celebration.
Pink Pumpkin Baby Shower Decor
While growing in popularity, pink pumpkins are not that easy to come by, so I decided to make my own. I started with the ever-popular Dollar Tree Styrofoam pumpkins, and then painted and embellished. (Instructions coming soon.) We scattered among the serving pieces on the food table. We grouped one of the pumpkins with a larger white pumpkin on a stand with a pink bow, and a vase of Alstroemeria and spray roses from Kroger. As is typical with me, the greenery came straight from shrubbery outside. Our office is located in the same building as our university’s police department, but they are so accustomed to me cutting on the shrubbery, they don’t even ask questions anymore.
Welcome Baby Banner and Powerpoint Slide
Because this was a work shower, we had some unique decorating challenges to work around. The conference room gave us some blank walls to work with, so I designed this pink pumpkin baby shower banner. It is available here for download.
We also have a large screen in the room for meeting purposes. Instead of leaving it blank, we added a simple congratulations Powerpoint slide coordinating with the pink pumpkin baby shower theme.
Baby Shower Game: Late Night Diaper Changes
This fun game will work with any theme, but we added the pumpkin to the instructions sign and staged it with another decorated pink pumpkin. We work with several young men who are not exactly familiar with baby showers and we didn’t want to alienate them or make them feel uncomfortable. They enjoyed being able to be creative and come up with diaper notes to the new mom and dad. Download the instructional sign here.
Baby Shower Food
Our mom-to-be said she enjoyed all traditional shower foods, so we kept things simple. Many hands definitely make for a lighter load when it comes to party prep. Each of the hostesses brought in a dish or two. We served:
- Pumpkin Pie Fluff Dip (recipe here)
- chocolate covered strawberries
- chicken salad and rolls
- spinach dip and crackers
- pimento cheese and crackers
- vegetables and dip
- pigs in a blanket
- pink punch / water / iced tea
5 Tips for Hosting a Work Baby Shower
- Keep the hosting committee small so as to not overcomplicate the planning, but definitely solicit and graciously accept any help offered.
- Pick a theme / color scheme that everyone can contribute to – it’s always best to use what you have when possible.
- Choose a date and time that will not interfere with deadlines or productivity. We chose late Friday afternoon for this purpose.
- Make inviting and RSVPing as simple as possible. While a precious pumpkin invitation would have been cute, we decided to use an Evite to make it simple to add to calendars and RSVP.
- Include everyone. Keep in mind that your colleagues may not attend many showers, so introduce the concept to them in a fun, relaxed way.
Do you co-host work showers? I would love to see your photos and learn from your tips.
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