What Is a Business Shower? Party Ideas and Planning Advice

Throw the perfect business shower for a new entrepreneur, small business owner or ambitious babe with this planning guide!

 

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If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, it's likely that you've heard the term "business shower" before. But what exactly is a business shower? And how does one go about planning one? 

A business shower is a fun, new way to celebrate an ambitious babe for their upcoming business launch or venture. Just as a bridal or baby shower is centered around a personal milestone, a business shower provides an opportunity for loved ones to come together to share congratulations, good wishes, and some gifts in support. 

While business showers are a not normalized *yet,* planning one shouldn't be stressful. From creating a guest list to choosing which games to play, this guide has got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to plan an unforgettable business shower.

Who Is a Business Shower For?

A business shower is a fun and creative way to congratulate a new entrepreneur, small business owner, or ambitious babe starting a new business venture. This is all about celebrating someone who is pursuing their big business dreams.

What Happens at a Business Shower?

The purpose of a business shower is to give the ambitious babe well wishes, encouragement and have some fun! A business shower is not much different than your typical baby shower or bridal shower. There should be food, drinks and some entertaining games or activities for the party guests to play and interact. A business shower also gives the opportunity for the ambitious babe to receive gifts that can be opened at the party or set aside to open privately.

When Should You Throw a Business Shower?

The best time to throw a business shower is before a business launch or when a business is just getting started. This can vary, but at least one to six months before the launch is ideal to provide the ambitious babe with any resources or support they may need. Choose a date that works for both the ambitious babe and the party guests.

It's also a good idea to throw a business shower when a business has been in operation for a while, but is still small and needs support. 

Who Throws a Business Shower?

A business shower can be thrown by a group of people, or by a single person. It can be hosted by family, friends, a mentor or even the ambitious babe themselves. No matter who is hosting, be sure to communicate all party details clearly so there is no confusion.

Should the Ambitious Babe Be Involved in the Planning Process?

Consider the ambitious babe’s personality, schedule and how much they would like to be involved in the planning process. It’s important to offer an opportunity to hear any ideas or wishes she has for the business shower. The host should coordinate dates, times, possible themes and a guest list with them. This will ensure that all of their needs are met and help them feel comfortable during what may be an unfamiliar experience.

If you think the ambitious babe would appreciate a surprise business shower, it could be an amazing gesture to gather those closest to them to show support.

Who Gets Invited to a Business Shower?

Invite those who are important in the ambitious babe’s life: this could include family members; close friends from high school or college; business besties; bosses or coworkers from previous jobs; mentors who've helped guide their career path over time...the list goes on!

What's the Dress Code at a Business Shower?

While there is no set dress code for a business shower, you can make it as casual or formal as you want it to be. Depending on whether there is a theme, consider asking guests to come dressed in brand colors for cohesion in photos. Any suggestions for dress code should be included in the invitation.

Where Should You Throw a Business Shower?

The location of a business shower is up to you, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure that your guests will be able to get there easily, considering traffic and parking. There should be enough space for everyone to easily move around and mingle. Also keep in mind the budget for the event; it could be hosted at a friend or family member’s home, a local restaurant, or at the new business itself if it has a physical location.

Should a Business Shower Have a Theme?

It doesn’t have to, but themes can help give your business shower a cohesive look and help guests get into the spirit of things. A theme can be based on color, location or something related to the business.

For example: If your friend is starting a floral business, you could create a spring-themed “Business is Blooming” business shower with brightly colored decor and floral print outfits. Or maybe she’s starting an accounting firm that specializes in helping small businesses grow? You could ask guests to come dressed in shades of green to match the new business brand colors.

Does the Ambitious Babe Need a Registry for a Business Shower?

While not necessary, it’s a good idea to have the ambitious babe create a registry. This allows them to receive things they genuinely require in their business. A registry can easily be created online or you could ask for money or gift cards as well. The registry can include anything from office supplies to content-creating tools, or even things like online courses or business books.

 

Steps to Planning a Business Shower

Check off each of the following steps to create the perfect business shower.

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Create a Business Shower Budget

First things first, create a business shower budget for the entire event. This should include venue, food and drinks, party decorations, games and activities, photography or videography, and any other expenses you think you might have. You can get creative with your budget by asking others to bring food and drinks or by DIY-ing decorations. 

Make a Business Shower Guest List

Make a list of those who are invited to the business shower, including family, friends, business associates, and those who have helped the ambitious babe along their journey. Gather addresses or phone numbers and have her double-check the list before sending out invitations.

Decide a Business Shower Date and Time

Coordinate a date and time for the event with the ambitious babe. The date should be convenient for the guests and not too close to other events or the business launch date.

Choose a Business Shower Theme

If you decide to have a theme for the business shower, consider the ambitious babe’s personality, new business type or brand colors. This can be as fun and creative as you want it to be and will be your guiding point for planning the rest of the business shower.

Select a Business Shower Location

Choose a central and accessible location for all of your guests that has plenty of space. This is usually a friend or family member's home, but you may also consider a local restaurant, an Airbnb or the physical location of the new business.

Send Business Shower Invitations

Once you've decided on the business shower details, it's time to send out invitations. You want to give your guests enough notice to make arrangements at least 4-5 weeks in advance. The invitation should include the ambitious babe’s name, new business name, location, date, time, registry, RSVP information and theme or any dress code suggestions. Invitations can be sent via postal mail, email, text message or social media. You can find fully customizable business shower invitations in the Boss Bash shop.

Set a Business Shower Menu

Food served will depend on the business shower theme and time of day. Consider the budget and how many people will be attending if it makes sense to do catering, pot luck style or easy light snacks. It's a good idea to have a variety of food that is easy-to-eat like finger foods, sandwiches, dips, or baked goods. Include options for any dietary restrictions and don’t forget water and plenty of ice on hand for drinks!

Find or Make the Business Shower Decor

Decorations should be in theme and match the colors of your party. Make sure that they are easy to transport and set up. You can do this yourself or hire a professional event designer. A business shower must-have is an instagrammable photo opp, like a balloon garland or backdrop for the ambitious babe to take photos with loved ones. This can also double as future marketing for the new business!

Plan Business Shower Games and Activities

Party games are a great way to break the ice and get your guests interacting with one another. Try not to make any of the games too difficult, you want everyone to participate! Make it extra special by including at least one game or activity focusing on the ambitious babe, such as a “Who knows her best” game or having everyone write down their well wishes for her and the new business. Boss Bash has created a variety of fun business shower games that can be easily edited and printed at home.

Create a Business Shower Playlist

Create a celebratory atmosphere with a fun party playlist. Ask the ambitious babe to list some must-have favorites to be included, and mix in some female-empowering songs and upbeat tunes for background music.

Remember, You Got This!

There’s no right or wrong way to throw a business shower. Don’t let yourself get carried away with details and lose sight of what is most important, celebrating the ambitious babe and new business!

 

For more business shower tips and inspiration, be sure to follow Boss Bash on social @shopbossbash.

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