From the decorations to the party games, baby showers can be loads of fun! It is also becoming increasingly common for women to have more than one shower – one at home with family, one out and about with friends, and a work shower.
If you’re in charge of hosting the perfect work shower for one of your colleagues, you have a lots of planning to do. Follow simple corporate catering tips to help you ensure your guests (and the mother to be, of course!) enjoy a delicious feast amongst all the festivities.
Corporate catering tips:
1. Finger food is often best.
Will you be catering for a large number of people? Probably. Considering the number and that this will most likely be a day time event, finger food is a great option. Don’t hassle with plated food – go for fresh platters filled with a variety of yummy goodies, from tea sandwiches to miniature pies. These can be passed around or placed at stations around the room.
2. Avoid the pregnancy no-nos:
While the mother-to-be isn’t your only guest at this event, she is your most important one. So, be kind and make sure that all pregnancy no-nos (such as sushi, blue cheeses, and meringues) are off the menu. As it’s a work-based event, probably held mid-morning, it’s best to stay away from alcohol as well. Try fresh fruit juices, teas, and coffees instead.
3. Try a little ice-cream.
Summer or winter, rain or shine, ice cream never goes out of style. Set up an ice-cream bar with small scoops, bowls, sugar cones and, of course, ice-cream. This should satisfy any cravings and add an element of fun to your menu, especially if you do ice-cream in the colour of the sex of the baby – blue for boys, pink for girls, a mix for twins, perhaps?
4. Cake time.
The cake is the centrepiece of any tea and a work baby shower is no exception. Decide whether you will have a large cake for all to share or individual cupcakes. Whichever style of cake you choose, make sure it goes with your chosen theme – better yet, let it be a themed cake!
5. Get some help.
Why go it alone, when you can get professional catering help? Be smart and find out the mother-to-be’s favourite foods and get an experienced corporate catering team like the one at Food Matters to design a menu around those foods. Major brownie points coming your way!
Catering for a work event can be stressful but, with the right planning and support, it doesn’t have to be.