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The Office Baby Shower

The Office Baby Shower Is Storkless But There's Cake

Workday parties at the office are usually hard to get excited about — it's not that people don't care about their co-worker's birthday or baby, but most gatherings are inevitably awkward and employees are surprised to realize they'd rather be at their desks. Unless, of course, there are enticing treats involving icing.

Phyllis understands this and uses sheet cake as motivation for the Dunder Mifflin employees to donate money for Jan's baby shower on last night's episode of The Office. She tells Stanley and Oscar to "look at it as if you're paying for the cake, not the baby, sheet cake." Check out the video below of the party committee preparing for the baby shower. What's your take on conference room parties? Does cake make everything better?

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sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
I enjoy cake/ get together it allows you to get to know your co-workers. I'm one for keeping my work and outside life private but I think there are a few general things you can share about yourself that will let your co-workers know your human.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
I would forgo the cake, if it meant I didn't have to stand around in awkward silence in the kitchen. We just had this whole big party drama in my office. On my birthday couple weeks ago, a few of my friends in the office got me gifts and one put up a Happy Birthday sign over my desk and our supervisor (whom none of us like)got so pissed off because no one told her it was my birthday so we could have a party in the kitchen (none of us liked doing that which is why we keep quiet about b-days). She made a huge deal about it ALL day long and said she wanted to start doing the parties again (which we had stopped months before because everyone hated them and this one girl ended up paying for the cake everytime without reimbursement). We had to tell her that we didn't want to do it anymore, so she's like "fine, I guess we'll do nothing" which sounded good to us. Sure enough, last week, she comes in with a cake for Boss' Day for the owner, so we have to stand around the kitchen awkward and uncomfortable. It sucks!!!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
We have cake every other week at work ... either it's a charity cake sale or it's someone's birthday or someone has just returned from a trip abroad and we have SOME kind of goodies. Cake always brightens up life at work!
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 8 years
We always do everything potluck. Which is fine, I guess. I was just put off when I was expected to chip in for a wedding shower present for someone who works at our sister office. Hello, we don't even work together. My situation is different than syako's. I like to eat the goodies and when everyone starts preaching about "ooh, I shouldn't eat that because I am very careful about what I eat," as I take a bite, it stinks. I get tired of everyone saying "oh I shouldn't." Just don't say anything and eat what you want.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Then again, I work with people who are a lot older than me, so that definitely is the reason I feel the way I do! Would probably be different if there were some 20-30s in my department...
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I agree, I don't talk about occasions at work. I'm not inviting anyone from work to my wedding, so I don't really want them to throw me a bridal shower -- too awkward! Plus, I am more of the mindset of "get into the office, do my job, leave work, then hang out with friends." Forced parties and networking just aren't my thing.
Deba22 Deba22 8 years
Cake makes every thing better.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's one of the reasons that i don't talk about occassions at work. i don't want people to feel like they have to contribute and i don't ever eat cake so it would be a pointless thing. i think that it could be nice to have a wedding or baby shower at work, but again, making people feel obligate to buy you things - that's just not cool
syako syako 8 years
The worst is when you truly do not want to eat cake, everyone goes crazy about how you're too healthy --- what? Why can't it be that I just ate lunch and don't feel like stuffing my face with mediocre cake? :? I feel the same way as they all do about these forced celebrations.
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