Birthday cake celebration ideas for the office

Celebrating a work colleague’s birthday is a great excuse to take a short break, have some fun and enjoy a slice (or two) of cake. It's a great way to bring people together to celebrate. Here are some tips on how to celebrate birthdays at work to help you get started.

Make office birthdays fun

This isn’t just another stiff corporate event. Keep it light and casual, so the whole office will look forward to them.

Why not kick it up a notch and decorate their cubicle or desk. Go all out with colourful post-its, streamers and balloons. Get your graphic designer to design a birthday card that's personalised for them. It's such a fun way to wish them a happy birthday and brings people together.

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Celebrate once a month

While acknowledging each employee is important, having a birthday cake at work every week gets old fast. Consider having a monthly celebration for employees whose birthday falls in that month. A monthly birthday celebration party can save time and money, while still making them feel appreciated and valued.

At Order-In, instead of celebrating birthdays as they happen, we have an office cake once a month, which is picked out by a birthday staff member. It makes it feel more special, and our team look forward to the monthly celebrations as a chance to try new flavours and corporate caterers!

We find that a monthly celebration is a great way to bond with each other and gives everyone the chance to take a short break and unwind. It’s also awesome for building morale and cements our company culture.

Try something different

A cake isn’t the only way to celebrate a birthday at work! Cupcakes, cake pops, ice cream bars, chocolates, donuts and other sweet treats are great options.

Do you know what else brings people together? Food! Sharing food with other employees can help to remove barriers, build stronger relationships with other team members and encourages conversation. At Order-In, we recommend trying a different lunch theme every month, like pizza, Vietnamese catering, finger food or Mexican catering with a DIY taco bar. And you're not just limited to lunch! Have a breakfast, morning or afternoon tea birthday celebration to mix it up.

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Birthdays aren’t the only thing you can celebrate in the office

The birth of an employee’s child, the launch of a new product, a great sales month, work anniversaries or promotions are all great reasons to have an office celebration. But don’t go too overboard – do you have the time, budget and energy to celebrate every staff member’s special life event?

According to Globoforce, 95% of survey respondents felt more positive if they were noticed and recognized during their work anniversary. It doesn’t need to be too complex, but having an office cake and adding a personal touch to the celebration can go a long way to make employees feel appreciated and valued. Something as simple as a card where everyone in the office signs and writes a short message, or even an email from the CEO acknowledging that person’s contribution can make it feel that much more special.

Tolerating intolerances - allergies and special diets 

There's nothing worse than ordering a birthday cake for a staff member, only to find out that the recipient can't eat it. At Order-In, roughly 50% of our catering orders include a special dietary need, so it's best to check for any dietary requirement before ordering your cake. Whether it's nuts, gluten, dairy, vegan, or anything in-between, we have plenty of delicious options when catering for special dietary requirements.

Tiny but mighty - cupcake delivery for that special day

While a cake is the traditional sweet treat of choice for birthday celebrations, there are also a range of delectable cupcake options that provide a beautifully simple and scrumptious twist on the classic. You also avoid the cutting and plating, so it's a breeze to serve and tidy up afterwards! Remember, if you're ordering cupcakes for your office birthday celebration, include a little buffer in the numbers, just in case you missed someone!

Cakes and cupcake delivery from Order-In

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Whatever the occasion, we have a wide variety of corporate cakes and cupcake delivery options for your next office celebration or party. We deliver to all major CBD locations, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. You can check out our website to search for an office cake and cupcake catering service near you.

Some of our favourite corporate caterers that specialise in sweet treats include:

Vanilla Cupcakery: Freshly baked, gourmet cupcakes delivered to your office make using only the finest ingredients

Looma's: Quality, gourmet cakes and cupcakes for delivery in Sydney. They also have a wide selection of delicious gluten free, dairy free and vegan cakes.

Annie Makes Cakes: Sharing her love and passion for desserts with everyone!

Cakes 2 U: Wide selection of delicious corporate cakes, bakery and patisserie menu items

Cakes Online Australia: Offering a wide selection of cakes, cupcakes, macarons and other sweet treats

Alpen Delicious!: Stunning birthday cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, cookies, tarts and slices, freshly baked daily

Little Cupcakes: Cute cupcakes that are perfect for celebrations or custom branded cupcakes for corporate events

Cake Box: Old-fashioned home-style baking, from a chocolate cake to a lemon meringue pie.

Don't hesitate to view their delicious menus for more details and order something delectable for your next office celebration.

Final tips!

OK, you've got your date, you know the staff member is cool with celebrating and you've selected the perfect office cake, what's next? Glad you asked! Here are 6 helpful tips to make sure those special days run smoothly.

  1. Be consistent. Workplace celebrations are about inclusion and adding value for and to your team, so getting one person a card and another, a week in Hawaii does not a happy team make. Let's stick with delicious, all-inclusive cakes and cupcakes.
  2. Avoid age jokes. HR Simple's “Birthdays in the Workplace” notes that age and the language you use can be a sensitive topic, and some gags can come off as disrespectful. So if you're planning on roasting the “oldie” or the “baby” of the team, consider their feelings first, especially if it's the boss!
  3. Grab a card and have your team members sign it. It's a great team building practice.
  4. Got the munchies? If you prefer to have a lunch, brunch, morning tea or after work drinks along with, or in place of a cake, you can make multiple bookings for the same day easily and reliably with Order-In. Have your cake delivered in the morning, with a beautiful working lunch arriving later that day. Easy!
  5. Think outside the box. Why not think outside the box a little, with a celebration that's both personal to the individual but connected to the business? A "work birthday" is like a normal birthday, except that it's celebrated on the day that you started at that company. This way, you can generally avoid any personal or religious reservations associated with birthdays.
  6. Gifts. If you're going to buy a gift as a team, keep it optional and discreet. Gift cards are also an easy option.

Ready to get started?

To order corporate cakes for your next office birthday celebration, visit our website, search for a corporate caterer and view their menus for more details and to start ordering, or feel free to call us on 1300 851 900. We can also help provide some inspirational and super happy birthday lunch catering ideas for your business!

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