Do you ever ask yourself why we celebrate some milestones with a party while we ignore others? It is de rigueur to celebrate a wedding or a pregnancy with a bridal shower or baby shower, but historically the same love hasn’t been given to accomplishments like earning a Ph.D. or starting a new small business.
Enter: Twitter. Yes, the internet-destination for doom scrolling can also be a bastion of great ideas. While the idea has circulated on the ether of the internet for a minute, talk of business showers appears to have recently picked up steam on the platform. User @tSSproject1 tweeted her idea for celebrating new businesses, similar to celebrating the anticipated arrival of a new baby.
Just like baby showers…. We host business showers. When a friend start a business, we all come together, congratulate them and bring resources for their business.
— Sarah Stephens (@tSSproject1) September 29, 2020
Another user agreed and shared her plans to throw her business a shower.
I want to also do a business shower to celebrate myself and this business that’s officially 2 months old 😊 I’m going to plan it not sure how many people to invite that’ll actually show up but I will have a link to an Amazon thing if people want to support that way.
— Jay Dot Com (@Harlems_Belle) October 6, 2020
Business showers are a novel idea, so there isn’t prescribed etiquette to determine how and when to throw a business shower. But since we’ve been to more baby/bridal showers than we’d care to remember, we’re confident we can use that blueprint to create a better, badder shower to celebrate a friend or family member’s newly-minted boss status.
We know that showers usually involve people, gifts, shows of support, and silly games. Recipients usually register for the gifts because in this case, it’s the utility, not the thought that counts. So how can we make that work for a business shower?
Okay, so what kind of gifts does one buy (or register) for a business shower? Shower gifts should be useful, thoughtful, and cute (if at all possible—sometimes it is not.). As with other showers, it’s best to get a gift receipt so the recipient can return or exchange the item if they need to.
No, we’re not going to suggest you smell diapers filled with melted candy bars. This is professional. Celebrate a new business venture by embracing the excitement of friends and family to do something to support the business.
While it may be tempting to go hog wild, please stop borrowing from baby-party traditions, and please leave “gender reveal parties” alone. Yes, an “industry reveal” party for a friend’s new business does sound very fun, but gender reveal pyrotechnics have already started enough fires. We don’t need more.
What do you think? Will you be embracing business showers? Are there any business shower gifts that we missed? Let us know in the comments.