For the last couple weeks, we’ve been planning Heather’s office wedding shower, and yesterday we pulled it off perfectly!
She had mentioned to me that if she were to have a shower at work, she’d prefer for it to be a surprise, but she’s a huge snoop! She’s always checking everyone’s calendars. So we had to be careful. Julie made it look like she and our boss and I were having a meeting, and then we scheduled a “staff meeting” (Heather included) on top of it. Julie’s been out of the office at training all week, so this worked out well. Meanwhile, we sent an e-mail to the rest of the department (and some selected people from other departments) inviting them to the party, or at least sign a card and maybe give a little cash to be put toward a group gift.
Speaking of cash, we ended up collecting quite a lot! We bought her five presents from her registry, plus a picture frame (so she can keep a wedding photo on her desk), and still had enough left over for a $125 gift card!
We chose a Mexican fiesta party theme, because Heather loves Mexican food. We’d thought of getting some Qdoba To Go party trays, but it was just too expensive. So instead, Jen, Julie, and I brought in all the food. We called it a make-your-own taco/nacho/salad bar. We had tortillas, chips, lettuce, ground beef, chicken, beans, cheese, onions, tomatoes, olives, peppers, salsa, sour cream… and ranch dressing for Heather (her favorite). Some people also brought in desserts and other snacky things. Our main desserts were an amazing tres leches cake that Julie made, and a key lime pie Amanda brought in.
So we had about half an hour to set up before Heather thought she had to be there. Luckily, the conference room we were in was right across the hall from the kitchen, because we were microwaving things, putting food in dishes, and then running it over to the other room. We’d asked a couple people to be on the lookout for Heather, in case she decided to walk to the bathroom or something before our “meeting.” Then I found out that they’d lost her! We thought for sure she would find out, but luckily she’d just gone somewhere else to talk to someone. Then Jess came over and stalled her for a little bit. She had to get something signed by our boss, and Heather said, “Oh, we’re having a meeting with her right now, why don’t you come with me?” and ta-da, Jess escorted Heather to the party.
After everyone got some lunch, Heather opened her gifts. Then we did the piÃ±ata! We figured swinging a bat around in a conference room might not be such a good idea, so I got the kind that has ribbons coming out the bottom – everyone takes a turn pulling one, and only one of them will release the candy. There was nowhere really good to hang it, so we ended up hanging it from a hook on the back of the door. Jess pulled the winning ribbon! But I think Jen and I had stuffed it so full of candy, nothing really fell out. So I ended up just kind of distributing candy around the table to everyone. Finally, Julie and Jen cut up the cakes and we had dessert.
It was fun, and really nice for a work party. (Using a tablecloth in the conference room helped, as did the piÃ±ata.) Heather was truly surprised and I know she really had a good time. One more month until she gets married!
Heather named her piÃ±ata Paco, and he’s now living between our desks