Office Baby ShowersPlan a Perfect Baby Shower

When one of your work buddies is expecting – whether the parent-to-be is a woman or a man – you may be called upon to throw a baby shower. It’s not rocket science, but a few baby shower tips can make hosting easier.

When to have a baby shower.

It’s traditional to host a baby shower about a month before the baby is due. You don’t want to have your company gathering too early, but you also don’t want Mom going into labor before (and especially not during!) your office party. Talk to the expectant parent about dates.  He or she may have inside information on whether the baby is likely to come early or late. (Of course, Baby may have other ideas, but there’s nothing you can do about that.)

After setting the date, choose a baby shower venue.

You can always throw a baby shower in the conference room at the office, but this can be kind of a drag. To make it a real celebration for your favorite working stiffs, a restaurant makes one of the best places for a baby shower. It gets everybody away from their desks and eliminates the dreaded pot-luck baby shower menu.

At our office, we always have baby shower parties at Buca di Beppo.  (In fact, it’s perfect for ALL our office parties.) Buca has a fun, festive atmosphere that’s the perfect antidote for work-stressed associates. The food is incredible, and the staff is used to big parties, never freaking out when we ask for individual checks. Those who want to share can order family style. And when our whole department shows up (more than 20 people), we can specify a group menu, which saves $$$.

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Sports Game PartyTakeout Touchdown!

Score big with your team by putting together a super party for this year’s deciding game. With just a minimal amount of planning and the judicious use of a great online menu, you can spend the penultimate football evening watching end-of-season action with your guests instead of stressed and sidelined in the kitchen. All you have to do is choose the right takeaway delivery, and everybody’s sure to enjoy delicious, ready-to-serve dishes from a great to go menu. And Takeout not only tastes good, it allows you to concentrate on the game instead of your cooking strategy.

Ordering food makes throwing a sports party a snap.

Let’s face it, cooking party food for a big crowd is time consuming and nerve wracking, and you lead a busy life as it is.  Find the right catering restaurant – one like Buca di Beppo, that serves wonderful takeout food  – and your job gets a heck of a lot easier. There’s no need to schedule an extra trip to the grocery, find time and space for food storage and preparation, and no pressure to come up with a kitchen game plan to get the right foods cooked and served hot (or cold) before halftime.

Use these easy party tips for painless party planning and maximum fun.

  • Figure out how many guests you’ll have.
  • Check out Buca di Beppo’s extensive online takeout menu and choose the perfect party food for your team. Order ahead, either online or by phone.
  • Purchase beverages for the fans attending. Make arrangements  for coolers if you don’t have enough room in the fridge.
  • Arrange comfortable seating for maximum television(s) visibility.

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s time to think of some romantic ideas for sharing the special day and/or evening with your sweetie. Just remember that February 14 is one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurant reservations. To ensure you have a romantic restaurant table for wining and dining, you need to think now about booking early.

When brainstorming for things to do on Valentine’s Day, make a good start by choosing a romantic restaurant you and your significant other will like. Some critics, publications, stations and websites produce lists of places for romantic dinners. But who are they to say what’s best for you and yours?  In one Internet survey a donut shop has an overwhelming lead in the best Valentine’s restaurant polling. A burger joint also ranks high. If your first date was at a fast-food restaurant, then you could have a romantic dinner for two at the same site – but bring your own candles!

Choose a Valentine’s restaurant you’ll both enjoy.

Love, food and restaurants are personal. And romantic ideas are different when you’re 25, 65 or somewhere in between. Since the way to both my heart and my husband’s is through our stomachs, Buca di Beppo is ourfavorite romantic restaurant.

Buca’s food is romantic – perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Buca’s Valentine’s Day dinner menu offers you and your significant other a feast for the senses.  Delicately seasoned, beautifully prepared and presented, orders are served family style, just right for nibbling and sharing. I plan to start with a peach belinni and Buca’s Fritto Misto, tender pieces of shrimp, calamari and pepperoncini served in a colossal martini glass with two forks!  For your main course, try one of Buca’s new pasta dishes – they’re out of this world – or something more daring, such as chianti-braised short ribs, prosciutto stuffed chicken or Tuscan pork chops.

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Office Celebrations for WeddingsCall out the office troops for a wedding shower!

A co-worker has just announced his or her engagement, so an office wedding shower is in the offing.  Unless you want to have the same old pot-luck in the conference room shindig, you need to make a reservation at a great restaurant for groups, like Buca di Beppo.  Office parties – especially bridal showers ― are so much more fun when you leave the office behind!

Let Buca do the basics, and you’ll have time to develop all sorts of bridal shower ideas.

Your nearby Buca restaurant offers a variety of absolutely delicious Italian dishes, including appetizers, pasta, main courses and pizza, as well as a number of delectable cakes and desserts, all of which are ideal for a wedding shower. Wonderful Italian cuisine is served in a festive atmosphere that’s casual and perfect for office parties.  Each Buca is laid out as a series of private- and semi-private dining rooms of different sizes and themes, so there’s sure to be a space just right for your bridal party. The service at Buca is award winning, so your guests will have a great experience, and you can all be in and out in an hour if you need to get back to work.

Venue, food and service – check, check and check!  What about bridal shower themes?

One of the newest trends in wedding shower celebrations is the co-ed shower.  By its very nature an office wedding shower is generally co-ed anyway.  In fact, the groom may be the guest of honor (in which case you can call it a power shower).  Regardless of whether your soon-to-be-hitched co-worker is male or female, be sure to invite their fiancé so they can enjoy the fun too.

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Retirement Party at BucaRetro style perfect for retirement party!

Years of hard work may be rewarding, but having an office party thrown in your honor is a lot more fun! Celebrate a long-term employee's career with a retirement party that makes the most of his or her unique contributions and special relationships. Prepare an appreciative toast, raise your glass and send your co-worker off with happy memories.

Should it be one of those big corporate events or a more intimate office party?

The best way to decide is to consider your honoree. Is he or she the type who truly dislikes being the center of attention at a company party? Then make it an informal, relaxed company outing. On the other hand, if he or she loves the opportunity to be “on,” you have the perfect candidate for an all-out corporate party, including a traditional roast.

Low-key or over-the-top, Buca di Beppo is the best conference venue around.

Buca di Beppo offers delicious food in a fun environment.  Each Buca is embellished with thousands of vintage photos of Italian-American life – some of which are amusing scenes from office parties of the past! Depending on the size of your guest list, Buca’s delicious Italian cuisine can be served family or buffet style, inviting everyone to share and enjoy.

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Sports Team BanquetsYour team is together nearly every day on the field, court or track, in the pool, gym or locker room.  But you can help them bond even more by holding team fun events in a different venue.  To have fun together, all your athletes need is a casual sports party.  You probably already throw a couple of sports banquets each year, but how about an informal team party where everybody can relax and just have a good time?

Formal sports banquet or casual convo, Buca di Beppo is perfect for team celebrations.

Whether you and the boosters are setting up the end-of-season championship party and awards ceremony or just want your team to have some relaxing down time, Buca di Beppo is a great place for your athletes to sit down and enjoy each other’s company.  Every Buca is set up around a series of private and semi-private dining rooms.  The staff is well coached in handling the crush of a big team party – Buca’s award-winning servers have a reputation for going the distance.

Plus Buca’s delicious food is perfect for any sports party.

Meatballs the size of baseballs! Pasta chock full of buca-hydrates! Stadium-sized servings! Buca’s food meets your athletes’ appetites head on and fills their bellies while satisfying the pickiest palates. Buca’s hand-tossed pizzas are a sure bet for any team party, Little League to pro. The pasta is sublime, rich with perfectly seasoned sauces and creamy cheeses. Choose an exquisitely assembled main dish to be the star player on any buffet or menu, and you won’t be disappointed. Then let your team celebrations finish with a dessert that more than pays for its calories with the sweet taste of culinary success.

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Baby Shower Party for the OfficeHaving a baby boomlet at your office?  That means lots of baby shower parties too.

Is it something in the coffee?  Or are your co-workers simply very prolific – at work and at home?  Whatever it is, they’re reproducing like rabbits, and you’re on your third or fourth baby shower party. You’re running out of baby shower ideas but want to make each expectant co-worker feel special. Time to find an easy way to throw a fun office party – whether it be for a baby shower, promotion, holiday or just a brief office getaway.

Make a reservation at a great group restaurant like Buca di Beppo.

It’s really that simple.  Just call or go online to reserve a room for your group dinner or luncheon.  Your local Buca consists of a series of private and semi-private dining rooms of different sizes, each with an amusing theme.  For example, every Buca has a Pope room decorated with a bust of the current pope and lots and lots of cherubs – nothing like flying babies to set the mood for the perfect baby shower office party!  Each Buca also has a kitchen table for smaller groups.  Yes, it’s actually in Buca’s kitchen, making it just right for celebrating someone with a bun in the oven!

It’s the best way to get fantastic but easy food for a party.

The food at Buca di Beppo is sublime and ranges from scrumptious starters, phenomenal pizza and pasta to marvelous main courses and decadent desserts.  Not only will you and your guests enjoy the unbelievably good flavors of Italian cuisine, you’ll get to pick and choose from a wide variety of dishes, each as wonderful as the next.  Every offering is made from scratch by talented chefs and served family style, so baby shower lunch- or dinner-goers can share, taste and discuss to their hearts’ content.

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Office Bridal Shower Party at BucaWhen a colleague – male or female – gets ready to tie the knot, a wedding shower is a fun excuse to get the office gang together. If you’re the one doing the party planning, give fellow worker bees a break by getting them out of the office.  And make it easy on yourself by throwing the bridal (or groomal?) shower at a restaurant where group dining is a regular occurrence, and where your band of professionals will be showered with great service and even better food.

Event planners at popular group restaurants offer a wealth of terrific ideas for wedding showers.

Office bridal showers practically plan themselves at a good restaurant with plenty of experience. Buca di Beppo is office party central as far as I’m concerned.  The food is fantastic, the service perfect, and the atmosphere -- totally fun!   Each Buca has more than 2,500 vintage photos that make great conversation starters, each a slice of Italian-American life in the mid 20th century. All are amusing, and some are absolutely hilarious.  And, apropos for your bride- or groom-to-be, some are actually of weddings and wedding showers!

Get advice from pros who have helped plan hundreds of bridal showers.

Trying to come up with bridal shower themes?  Talk to an event planner at Buca. Wedding shower invitations?  E-mail is probably fine for an office shower, but you can create individual invites or even put up a notice in the company break room. Wedding shower games?  It’s good to have at least one to help take some of the office out of the office gang, especially if you’ve got some competitive type A’s in the group.  Buca’s party planners can give you advice on it all – office party icebreakers to wedding shower favors – bridal shower cakes to bridal gifts.

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Banquet for College Sports at BucaWhether it’s volleyball, soccer, la cross, basketball - local college or a traveling team, cater to your players with a sports party that’s a fun, team building event. Here are some tips from the event planners at Buca di Beppo to help your sports party be a celebration that keeps energy and enthusiasm high.

Plan and book early at a great group restaurant.

Get the venue and date you want by executing a fast break.  You want your sports party on everybody’s calendar first to avoid conflicts. Look for a place that offers a variety of great food, a fun atmosphere and servers who are used to handling an enthusiastic—even rowdy—group dinner. Make sure your contact at any restaurant for groups you consider is a team player who returns e-mails and phone calls promptly.

Of course Buca di Beppo offers all of the above and more.  The atmosphere is festive, and the staff is an all-star team offering award-winning banquet service. And there’s an event planner at each Buca restaurant who is happy to help you put together a winning team party.

Ace your sports party menu.

When you bring a bunch of hungry athletes together, you’ve got to provide culinary diversity … and get out of the way. A buffet offers more play and is generally less expensive than table service. Just make sure your group restaurant contact has a strategy in their playbook to get everyone up and back from the buffet table in a timely fashion. You don’t want to run out the clock while everyone creeps down a congested line.

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Baby Showers at BucaNew acquisition” in the works at the office? Time for some baby shower ideas!

When you have a young, prolific workforce, co-workers get creative … pro-creative that is ...  from time to time. Send your preggos and dads off on leave with warm wishes and lots of loot for the pending member of their family with an office baby shower.  It’ll be fun for everybody, and it may be the last party the new parents attend for a while!

Throwing baby shower parties at Buca di Beppo is so easy, a baby could do it!

Just make your reservation, either online or by phone.  For parties of 20 or more, Buca offers several group menus. Or each guest can order from Buca’s primary menu.  Either way, everybody will wind up with absolutely delicious food served family style – perfect for celebrating a new baby!

Got some baby shower ideas you need a little help with?

Pick the brains of the event planners at Buca di Beppo.  They have seen it all, from celeb-a-baby showers with spotlights to a Goodnight Moon party where decorations included a bowl of mush and a small rubber mouse!  You can get advice on baby shower themespersonalized baby shower invitationsfree printable baby shower games and all kinds of other stuff.  If you’re inviting everyone from the office, it’ll likely be a co-ed baby shower.  Does that matter?  Probably not and it can make your baby shower games more fun! Can you have an extra table in your dining room for gifts?  Of course, if you’re at Buca, where pleasing you is a goal we never lose sight of.

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