One of the main concerns you will have once you decided that you should host a baby shower is where to throw the party.
Traditionally, baby showers are organized at home, either yours or that of the future mother. This setting is ideal as it will give a sense of comfort and intimacy, making your guests feel relaxed and have fun with the various activities and games you will propose. However, there is also a major inconvenience in hosting a party at home because once the guests are gone, you will have to deal with all the after-party mess.
For this reason, we will give you some additional ideas of where to have a baby shower if you want to throw a memorable party, but minimize the cleanup work.
Local Tea Room
A local tea room is perfect for a cozy afternoon baby shower, being a place where you can enjoy some moments of pleasant small talks and fun with your friends. Tea rooms are generally quiet and private, and you will not have to worry much about refreshments and food.
In addition, these places already own fine china and are generally chic, so all you will have to do is to decide if additional decoration is needed and to bring the cake. Depending on what type of party you want to host, you can propose some society games or just some fun activities, such as writing wishes for the future mother and child.
Depending on the number of guests, you can make a reservation for the whole venue or only for a large table. In the first case, you will probably be free to decorate the interior as you wish. You will also be free to propose any games and activities you want since you will have the whole restaurant available for you and your guests.
In the second case, a dinner invitation for the future mom and the guests would probably be the best thing to do. You can still ask the owner of the restaurant to decorate the table in the colors you choose, and you will definitely enjoy some great moments with your friends. However, since it will not be a private party, it will probably not be suitable to propose any games.
Community centers are excellent places where to host baby showers, being rather cheap alternatives to the restaurants or tearooms. These centers usually have several meeting rooms available, so you will not have to worry about the number of guests.
If you choose this type of venue for your baby shower, know that you will be responsible for providing the decorations, the food, and the drinks. The meeting rooms can usually be reserved for a few hours, so you will definitely have plenty of time to spend with your friends.
If your guests are rather faithful, you could host your baby shower in a church hall. Generally, all worship places have additional rooms that are used for social gatherings, such as weddings and Christianizing receptions and for congregation events, so why not reserve this place for your party too?
If you are an active member of your congregation, the church might even not charge anything for the venue, or just ask for a small donation. As in the case of community centers, you will be responsible for the room decoration and for bringing in the treats.
Because these venues belong to the church, you should, however, pay attention what type of games and activities you propose to the guests, in order not to be offensive.
The clubhouses generally have several cozy private rooms available where you can host a baby shower. Choosing a clubhouse as a venue for your party will allow you to host a private party away from home. In addition, many clubhouses offer drinks and snacks for this type of event.
The only thing you have to do is to contact the clubhouse you choose and see what type of services they offer. In all cases, you can be sure your guests will feel completely free of inhibitions and will have fun in a private environment. Clubhouses are probably the best venues for couple baby showers.
If you’re planning a girl-only baby shower and you only plan on inviting the closest friends of the mother, why not choosing a hotel room to organize the party?
You can organize an out of the ordinary baby shower, proposing to your guests a stay-over party. The hotels will probably give you everything that is needed, from food and drinks to nice decorations, and they will definitely take care of every single detail of your party.
Planning a stay-over in a hotel room with your best friends will make you remember the moments when you were young, will help you strengthen the bonds, and will surely be fun for the future mom, as it is very likely that she will not have the chance of attending a similar activity for quite a long time after the baby arrives.
Regardless of the number of guests, if the baby shower is held in spring or summer, or even in early autumn, throwing an outdoors baby shower is a splendid idea. The options are endless, from having a picnic in the park, to organizing a brunch in a private garden.
If you opt for the picnic, you must consider the access to toilets and adequate sitting options, as it is very unlikely that the future mother will feel comfortable sitting on a blanket or on the grass. Another inconvenience of outdoor receptions is the rain factor.
The best thing to do if you want to throw an outdoor party, which would be fabulous without any doubt, is to ask the help of an events agency that can bring a suitable tent and arrange for adequate tables and chairs. If you want to skip the events agency but still have an outdoor party, choose a nice-positioned terrace in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
As you can see, there are many alternative venues on where to have your baby shower. You only have to decide which option is the best for your guests.
Where Would You Host Your Ideal Baby Shower?
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