It Showers at Work: Bridal Shower Number One

Work Bridal Shower

My office went above and beyond for my work bridal shower. I had no clue anything was in the works, and then a mysterious Microsoft Outlook calendar appointment appeared titled “Your Bridal Shower.” I went into the office of my coworkers and was dumbfounded—I never imagined that my work was going to throw me a bridal shower. If anything, I thought that I would be asking them to attend mine!

women giving speech

The best part was that it was scheduled for the very next week!

I was so excited because the work bridal shower would coincide with when my mom would be in town. This was super cool since she lives so far away and wasn’t able to do a lot of wedding-related things with me. Later that evening I told Mr. Pashmina about the fun news. He wasn’t shocked in the slightest, as he had been in on it! He was the one that suggested the time so my mom could be part of it. What a good guy! And he was the one who told them to tell me because I was planning on taking the day off to hang with mom.

The day of the shower something else cool happened: I got comp tickets to he world premiere of Sex in the City 2. When my mom showed up at my work for the shower, I surprised her with the news! It was going to be the most girly day EVER!

lady in purple shirt talking

As we approached the room that the work bridal shower was in, the doors were mysteriously closed. A picture of me and Mr. P was hanging on the door—they must have downloaded it from my blog. Haha…very sneaky! When I opened the door the place was prettier than I have ever seen! Flowers, cute teddy bears, pink hearts, little lights, romantic quotes, and food, to boot! There was so much thought put in to it. It was hands down the best party my work has ever thrown. I work at a non-profit with zero funds for these types of things, and all my coworkers went above and beyond, contributing not only gifts but also time decorating and making the food, as well as everyone showing up to shower us with love.

bridal shower balloon decor

We played two super fun games at this work bridal shower. One was a romantic version of Mad Libs. Some of the prompts were “Your Sweetie,” “A Body Part,” etc. It ended up being a letter to your love. Mine was hilarious, and I think I made quite a few people blush without even trying! The other game was a version of “Guess Who I Am”—the game where you have a person’s name taped to your back on an index card and you have to go around asking people questions until you guess who you are. The spin was that all of the people were part of a celebrity couple. So the first part of the game was going around asking people questions to try to figure out who you were. We didn’t know the second part until it was announced that you needed to find your romantic match. After everyone found their pair, there was a third part of the game. The couple was asked to write a note to me and Mr. Pashmina in character. People really got into their characters and captured the celebrities so well. It was really funny listening to some of them being read, many in character.

Then I opened my work bridal shower presents! I was gifted a set of dishes from Crate and Barrel that were on our registry. This was really cool because since everyone pitched in for one large present, we were able to get the complete set of dishes. Then I was gifted with a laundry hamper—and this was FULL of gag gifts. But, at the time, I didn’t understand that they were gag gifts. I thought they were just odds and ends, so I was commenting on how nice these things were and how they would come in handy, not quite getting that they were supposed to be funny! They told me later they were gag gifts. LOL. One of my coworkers made me a bouquet with all the ribbons for good luck!

table of presents

As a side note, the cute little teddy bears in bride and groom outfits aren’t just decorations for the work bridal shower. This is actually part of the office tossing of the baton. Who ever gets engaged gets to hold on to the bears. I got them after about two years of one person having them, but I only had them for two weeks! I think they have had five or six homes since the tradition started. They made their way back to me for the party even though they currently weren’t in my possession. It is pretty fun to pass them off to the next person. I secretly left them for my person, who was somewhat new and didn’t know of their existence.

bridal shower food spread

teddy bear bride and plate of fruit

teddy bear groom

work bridal shower food

pink flowers and rose petals

all you need is love sign with hearts

the greatest thing you'll ever learn

women lined up for bridal shower

ladies laughin

bride opening cards at shower

ladies holding cards

ladies holding pink cards

woman in green dress making a rehearsal bouquet

making a rehearsal bouquet

brushing beauties

pink and white balloons on desk

cat playing with bamboo mat

Oh, and I couldn’t help but adding  pictures from the Sex in the City 2 premiere. A bunch of my coworkers and I jetted off after the party to Radio City Music Hall. As it was an unexpected treat, we were all super bummed we didn’t get to dress up all flirty like everyone in line. But it was soo fun and a perfect ending to a wonderful day!

sex and the city bus

two friends hugging

woman holding snacks

dark movie theater

Did your job throw you a bridal shower? What games did you play? How did it turn out? Do you have any tips for throwing a successful work bridal shower?


Mrs. Pashmina

NYC/Catalina Island, CA
Wedding Date:
July 2010
Some Ice for an Icy Day
Wedding Planning for the Introverted
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  1. Member
    MissMargie 769 posts, Busy bee @ 5:42 pm

    What a fabulous day! Lucky you 🙂

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    Coffeecake 347 posts, Helper bee @ 5:43 pm

    Looks like so much fun, and what thoughtful effort your coworkers put into your party!
    One note: There’s a repeated photo: The woman in green holding a present w/ a red bow.

  3. elephant Bee
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:17 pm

    That was so sweet of your co-workers to throw you an office shower!

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    miss wordowl 66 posts, Worker bee @ 8:01 pm

    how sweet. it seems like you have a really supportive and fun place to work.

  5. glasses Bee
    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:33 pm

    Awww, they decorated and set everything up real nice. What sweetie pies!

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    el0624 205 posts, Helper bee @ 12:09 am

    Wow your coworkers were so thoughtful and sweet. Did you end up inviting most of them to the wedding? I’m struggling with the coworker invitation issue and am trying not to make a big deal about my wedding at work.

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    tdizzle 268 posts, Helper bee @ 8:56 am

    What an awesome day! Looks so fun!

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