Finding the perfect baby shower venue
Baby showers are sometimes thrown for mum-to-be by a good friend or family member but just as often they’re organised by the hostess herself. And while the traditional venue is in the mum-to-be’s own home, depending on individual circumstances this may not be possible and an alternate venue will need to be arranged.
But there are benefits to holding the event at a private home. It’s often the first choice for baby showers as it allows the hostess to have complete control of the day – and it encourages those who may be naturally a little reticent, to really get involved in the fun of the baby shower games. Having the shower at a private home also removes any restrictions on catering and alcohol.
Holding the celebration outside of the home means mum-to-be can avoid having to be involved in the preparation, organisation and responsibility for the day. And, best of all, she also gets out of clean-up duty!
Alternative baby shower venues to a private home
Hire a church hall or community centre
These are often available for a couple of hours and will allow you to set the mood with baby-themed decorations. Halls also usually have a kitchen, which makes self-catering easy peasy.
Book a local tea room or hotel suite
The fine china and good food on offer with a high tea is a delightfully girly way to get together – and leaves all the hard work up to someone else!
A picnic in the park is a great (free) idea but you will need to consider access to toilets (guaranteed the mum-to-be will need this before the party is done) and adequate seating. If it starts to rain, you’ll also have to have a wet weather contingency plan in place.
Book a restaurant
If you want to offer your guests a full sit-down meal, you could consider going to a restaurant. Many restaurants have private rooms available for no extra charge and this will allow you a level of intimacy you won’t get in the main dining room.
Find more great baby shower inspiration at Kidspot
- Your ultimate baby shower guide: How to plan, play and have mum-to-be fun
- Do it your way: 7 out-of-the-ordinary baby shower ideas
This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot - New Zealand's leading resource for pregnancy information and tips.