Hosting a baby shower for an expectant mommy-to-be can be an extremely rewarding, joyous, and bonding experience. However, as with planning other events and parties, it can also come with its difficulties. You might struggle to settle on the right theme or wonder what games everyone will enjoy playing. Picking a location can also sometimes be more of a challenge than you may have expected or hoped. When you factor in such details as distance, capacity, seating arrangements, and food/catering capabilities, you may be more limited than you expected. While hosting in your living room may be ideal, it may not work if you are a city dweller, have commuting guests, or have a large guest list. Here are some creative baby shower venue ideas that prove cost-efficient and perfect for good times!
1) At A Local Restaurant
If you decide to go this route, look for restaurants with large backrooms that are more private, particularly if you intend on playing shower games. If your restaurant of choice does not offer a backroom, ask to make a reservation for a far back corner of the restaurant. This way, you’ll have a bit of privacy for the games and activities you want everyone to enjoy.
The best part about this option is that it allows you to check both venue and food off of your shower to-do-list!
2) At Your Community Center
Hosting a shower at your local community center is an economical solution when bouncing around venue options. The facilities are usually large enough to accommodate a larger party and with indoor and outdoor options, themes and activities can be tailored to your exact preferences.
3) At A Tea Room
Imagine sipping tea from fine china, munching on finger sandwiches, and the mommy-to-be unwrapping prettily decorated gift boxes. This sweet and girly option is an ideal venue choice for an all-female guest list.
4) At A Hotel
Hosting at a hotel is a good option if you’re looking for convenience. You can rent out a meeting room or even an actual hotel room to house your guests, decorations, food, and games. When the party is over, cleanup is easily taken care of by the hotel staff (just remember to tip)!
5) At A Home
If you’re reading this, then you’re likely considering venue options outside of your own home. However, don’t think that you have to take the possibility of hosting at any home off the table. If your living space is too small or otherwise unsuitable for hosting the event for whatever reason, reach out to close family members or friends of the expectant mother or even the mom-to-be herself! Perhaps someone you talk to will be more than happy to volunteer to host the event at her home!
6) At Your Church, Temple, or Synagogue
Local religious centers often have additional rooms where social gatherings can be held. If you are an active member, check with your church’s administration regarding renting the space. There may or may not be a nominal fee or donation expected in return for using the space.
7) At The Park
Barring potential restroom, seating, and weather obstacles, a park can be a fun and creative venue for hosting a baby shower. It’s free, it’s spacious, and it’s ideal for grilling and picnicking!
Hopefully one of these creative baby shower venue ideas works out perfectly for the mom-to-be and her friends and family. As far as fun games to play at the shower, we have lots of ideas for you to check out!