So you are expecting or know someone that is and you want to celebrate and share the joy and excitement with the world for the little one. The idea of a baby shower is simple. Bring your loved ones close to you to welcome the new arrival into the world and “shower” them with love.
Baby showers are a welcome relief from the anxiety and stress that pregnancy brings. A baby shower typically consists of food, drinks, games to play and of course friends and family to enjoy it with.
A baby shower can get messy. So its best to hire out a bigger space to ease the clean-up after and also a larger space accommodates for more people to share your special day!
Food, drinks, desserts and a great atmosphere. A restaurant has it all and is, therefore, a highly recommended venue to host your baby shower.
You can easily reserve the number of seats you need as long as you reserve far enough in advance. It may even be possible to rent out the whole venue!
As restaurants vary greatly, you want to find the one that is comfortable and suits the mother-to-be’s preferences. Overall, you want to find a venue that is sure to be in a convenient location.
If the weather is nice, consider terrace seating as an option though be sure to consult with the restaurant owners and the baby showers organizers so that sufficient preparations are made well enough ahead of time.
Clubhouses make for a fantastic option to throw a baby shower. They typically have tastefully well-decorated private rooms. Many clubhouses offer a wide array of snacks, food, and drinks, though not quite as large of a selection as restaurants.
Much less preparation is required at clubhouses as they are designed with events such as baby showers in mind, while still keeping that special feeling too.
If the mother-to-be prefers the feeling of having her own space away from everyday life, then a clubhouse comes as a strong recommendation.
Get in touch with the owner of the clubhouse far enough ahead of time as the popular ones can be fully booked even a few weeks in advance at peak season. Once you schedule your reservation, you will find there is no venue that is more private, outside of a home, to enjoy the day with friends and family.
3. Tea Room
A traditional and elegant option to have a good time with loved ones. Tea rooms typically specialize in hot beverages, sweet treats and snacks. If you are looking to have a more substantial meal with your guests then a tea room may not be the best option.
Tea rooms come in a variety of styles. So keep in mind what suits the mother-to-be, whether it is a standard coffee shop style or something even more stylish or elegant.
The one thing tea rooms have in common is that they offer a relaxing environment and a pleasant atmosphere which needs no extra touches from the baby showers organizer.
4. Community Center
You can rent a large space at your local community center without being concerned with guest number restrictions that are common with other venues. If you are planning on including many guests or are unsure of the number of guests that are coming, a community center is a great option.
Significantly cheaper than some of the other venues on the list, the community center is a good choice if you are on a strict budget.
The community center is also very accommodating in allowing you to put up your own decorations, preparing meals that suit the taste of the mother-to-be as well as providing plenty of space for games. And let’s not forget they also provide much-needed facilities like restrooms for you and your guests.
It is very important to keep in mind that the community center is a public place and has to be left the way you find it. You will have to strictly keep to the scheduled timeframe for the party as there will likely be an indoor soccer or karate classes being held right after your baby shower.
5. Hotel Room/Airbnb
As private as a clubhouse, but with the added advantage that the space is available for overnight stays as well.
If you plan on a more intimate gathering then you can book a hotel room or Airbnb apartment/house for everyone attending and hold the baby shower in the largest room.
This is a fantastic idea if you plan to host the baby shower in another city or town. Room service and buffets are frequently available as well as restaurants in the hotel lobby or located nearby. The main advantage of a hotel room is that your party is not constrained by time while it is booked in your party’s name for the day and night.
A bonus is that if you or anyone else feels tired then you can always hit the hay for a while. You can also spread the baby shower partying over multiple days if you want. An option that will guarantee a memorable night for everyone involved.
6. The Great Outdoors
Possibly the most versatile option on this list. The great outdoors offers a truly mind-boggling number of locations to throw a baby shower. Often providing free or near-free stunning locations for a truly one of a kind baby shower.
There is a downside though – you will have to do all the preparation yourself. If this is too cumbersome, you may be able to hire staff.
Whether in a national park or on the beach there is no shortage of locations to make a whole day long (or possibly weekend long) baby shower celebration.
Another advantage of holding the baby shower in the great outdoors is that you are not constrained by the number of guests. You can invite as many or as little as you like and make many memories while enjoying nature.
7. The Small Outdoors
Consider the garden or park. There possibly couldn’t be a friendlier option than this one. Have a picnic with loved ones. Play some games and have fun in a relaxed setting.
The advantage of throwing a baby shower in your garden is that you have ample resources at your fingertips, as needed. Need to keep something cold? Keep it in the fridge, need extra cutlery? Get some out the drawer.
If you decide that the neighborhood park is a better option bring what you need in a couple of baskets and have a picnic, and best yet if you forget something, you can just run home and get it!
This option is free and versatile though be sure to check the weather forecast ahead of time.
8. Barn on a Farm
Definitely a beautiful and unique location though it may come with some difficulties. A barn can offer plenty of room for as many guests as you like. A fun and private environment that can be very inexpensive or even free depending on who you know.
Ask around your local farmers if you live outside the city limits or maybe there are some farms that already offer venue hosting services. Better yet, if you have a family friend with one, ask them!
Along with preparing the games, food and drinks in advance, further consideration has to be made which is ensuring the barn you choose is not home to any animals as that is an easy way to ruin the day!
The positives of a barn easily outweigh the negatives though and it is sure to result in a magical and truly unique day for everyone involved.
A vineyard is another truly unique and classy place to host a baby shower. Offering tours, juice and wine tasting to guests, as well as frequently having guest halls available to rent for all sorts of gatherings. There are accommodations available for longer stays if that is required.
You will more than likely need to hire a catering service. That can either be booked through the vineyard staff or you can contact an external catering company. You can also put together a team of seriously motivated friends and family to help out.
Vineyards offer stunning scenery and unique ambiance away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
10. Botanical Garden
Like your local park but 10 times more beautiful. Botanical gardens really are a favorite spot for an outdoor baby shower. Some even have convention centers available for booking or you could make the preparations yourself.
In any case, a botanical garden would make a great location for a baby shower as it is a jack of all trades in terms of features that include being beautiful, cheap, fairly convenient and spacious.
If you are looking for a more private venue you want a botanical garden with a convention center that is available for bookings.
11. Church Hall
Perhaps the most traditional location for a baby shower. What it lacks in uniqueness it more than makes up for in convenience and friendliness of the environment.
Whether you are religious or not, churches are normally full of people happy to lend a helping hand and is the epicenter of the community.
There aren’t many better locations to welcome the baby into the world than your local church. Normally free or running on a donation-based system for small bookings, the local church hall is an affordable and accommodating option for a baby shower.
Be advised that a church hall may not be as private as some of the other venues as there may be other people nearby.
If there will be families attending your baby shower, then a zoo is a great option. They frequently have convention centers available for rent. They make it easy for you too, as they normally have catering staff at hand ready for special occasions.
This option can be relatively costly compared to other options on this list, but it is sure to put a smile on the faces of the guests when they receive their invitations.
The zoo offers an easy and fun option that covers all the bases needed for a great baby shower, plus there are lots of cute animals too!
13. Rent a Boat
If money is no object and you are looking for the ultimate unique and fun baby shower then a boat is THE location to have for your baby shower.
You will need a team of caterers and helpers to decorate the space, but it is well worth the trouble. Stunning views, the sound of the water and the smell of the ocean in the breeze. It does not get much better than a boat.
You will need to book well in advance if this is the option for you, as most boats available to host special occasions will be booked in advance throughout the year.
14. Your House
Free, very convenient and private. There is a reason that the home is the most traditional place to throw a baby shower.
Whether it’s a surprise baby shower you are planning for a friend or one which you throw for yourself a home is still probably the best baby shower location as it covers almost all bases.
The only significant downsides are that you have to prepare all the food, drinks and snacks yourself and the clean-up is your responsibility as well.
Any venue you choose ultimately has its own unique mix positives and negatives in the areas of price, space, ease of preparation, uniqueness, travel distance, privacy, and atmosphere; all of which have to be carefully considered before making a decision.
Whether you have a team of friends and family that are willing to help with the preparations or you want to go all out and hire an event organizer is entirely up to you.
Large or small, grand or subtle, expensive or free any one of these baby shower locations are sure to offer an unforgettable experience to welcome the newest addition to the big wide world.