Baby showers are great fun for expectant mums and their loved ones, but with all the cooking, preparing, and cleaning up involved, they can be a lot of work for the person hosting. But by choosing to host a baby shower at a venue or restaurant instead, you can have all the fun, with none of the cleaning up!
If you’re thinking of hosting at a venue (like our fabulous high tea salon) here are our best tips:
Set a date
Baby showers are usually held when mum is about seven months pregnant. This is a great time to celebrate as the baby’s arrival is still a few weeks away, meaning she has time to get the things she needs for the baby that she wasn’t gifted at the shower.
At this stage in her pregnancy she’s hopefully comfortable enough and has plenty of energy to have one last catch up with her friends before the baby comes. Have a chat with mum and work out a date that suits her, then check venues for availability.
Work out numbers and put together a guest list
Liaise with the expectant mum about who she wants at her baby shower. Once upon a time, baby showers were a ladies only event, but these days it’s not at all unusual to have dad there as well as other male guests. Working out numbers is great for deciding on a budget and the sort of venue that will best suit the party’s needs. Make sure to grab all of the guest’s contact details from mum. Creating a Facebook event or chat is also a great way to coordinate guest attendance!
Choose a theme
Who doesn’t love a good themed party? Baby showers are the perfect excuse for a fun theme. You can stick to the traditional cute baby theme – think little booties, rattles, and pastels galore – or, if mum likes something a little different, don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Chat with mum about what she’d like, and work from there.
Find the perfect venue
Okay, now that you’ve got a date, theme, guest list, and budget sorted it’s on the fun stuff! Check out venues in the local area that can accommodate the numbers attending. A restaurant, cafe, bar – or a high tea venue! – makes the perfect space for a celebration with none of the hassle of prepping or cleaning up. Liaise with venues to see if they have package deals for events, and also check that they’re okay with you bringing your own favours and decorations. This will vary from venue to venue.
Finally, have fun!
At the end of the day, the point of the baby shower is to have fun! If mum would like some baby-themed games, Pinterest is a great resource to find easy to set up and transport guessing games etc. With great food and good company – and no dishes to deal with! – both mum and her guests will have a fabulous time!
We think an elegant high tea is perfect for celebrating a baby shower, if you think so too then check out our website for more information.