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Delightful English Pub in Rural setting
  • £50/hr
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  • East Peckham
Cocktail Pub
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  • London
Gorgeous West London pub!
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  • London
Salt Yard Charcuterie Bar and Restaurant Buyout
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The Romantic Barn with British Countryside Ambiance
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Baby Shower venue rates typically average $243 per hour.
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Attendee limits often vary with the size and features of a Baby Shower venue, but average 178 people per booking.
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The average minimum booking time for Baby Shower venues is 3 hours.
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Written by: Elizabeth Jackson

Everything you need to know about throwing a baby shower

Baby showers can feel like a very modern activity, but in truth, its roots go as far back as the first celebrations to welcome new life into the world.

Godh bharai ceremonies are held all throughout India during an expectant mother's seventh month of pregnancy. The name roughly translates to "fill the lap" in Hindu, and at the celebration, the mother is showered with sweets, flowers, bangles, and saris. In South Africa, stork parties celebrate the coming of a new life with family and friends—and a beautifully decorated cake. In Chinese cultures, red egg and ginger parties are often celebrated 30 days or 100 days after a child is born—after the new mother and child have finished their monthlong confinement (to give parent and child enough time to heal and to protect them from germs in more public settings). In this ritual, eggs dyed the lucky color red become themes or party favors, and guests are often served pickled ginger, a spice well-known for its health benefits. These rituals, filled with love and well-wishes, are how a community welcomes the birth of a new child but also helps ease mothers into their new caregiving role.

The modern baby shower has roots in the baby boom after World War II. Baby showers became a way to welcome the baby and provided the community with a way to help alleviate the financial burden of caring for a new child. In this era, now familiar rituals like shopping trips for baby needs, a party atmosphere at the shower, and parents-to-be opening their presents in public were born.

Many things have changed since the 1950s and '60s, though. Nowadays, guests of all genders are welcome, and technology has made it even easier for communities to gather. No matter the era, throwing a baby shower can be a fun and exciting way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a new baby, but it can also be a daunting task. Luckily, there are ways you can ensure the shower you're hosting is both memorable and fun. Giggster compiled a list of eight pointers for throwing a baby shower you and the parents-to-be will never forget, using tips and tricks from party planners and parents.

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Choose the right venue, but check out the extras

Mood is everything. The right venue will help set the tone for your party. It should be comfortable, spacious, and have enough parking for all the guests. The shower can be held at someone's home, a restaurant, or a community center. Just make sure it's easily accessible and convenient for everyone.

It's also a good idea to consider the venue's atmosphere and whether it matches the theme of your baby shower. For example, if you're hosting a baby shower with a rustic theme, a barn or a park may be a good fit. Alternatively, if you're hosting a more formal baby shower, a hotel ballroom or a restaurant may be more suitable.

Don't forget to look into any services the venue might offer. Some offer catering, which gives party planners one less thing to worry about. If not, look into their kitchen facilities to see if meal prep is appropriate for the dishes you had in mind. Keep an eye out for any venues that offer cleanup services after. It's never fun to pick up plates after the last guest has left, so better prepare for it beforehand.

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Pick a fun theme or keep it simple

The theme should be relevant to the baby and parents-to-be. It can be anything from a gender reveal to a nursery rhyme theme. Once you've determined the theme, the next step is to decorate the venue with balloons, streamers, and other decorations that match the theme. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and develop a unique and creative theme.

You could have a "book-themed" shower where guests bring their favorite childhood books as gifts or a "spa-themed" shower for a mom-to-be who could relax before the baby arrives. If you want to keep things light and easy, choose a color palette rather than a theme. Think beyond pink and blue. Yellow and white evoke sunny, happy days, while green and gold feel more woodsy.

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Send out invitations—and don't forget the registry

Send out invitations at least four weeks in advance so guests have enough time to plan. You can choose to send them digitally or physically. What matters is that the guests receive them. Ensure to include important details such as the date, time, venue, and theme.

It's also common for baby showers to include gift registries. If the parents-to-be have registered for gifts, including the information on the invitation. Some families have chosen to forgo registries altogether. If so, leave a note in the invitation to let guests know that the parents-to-be are just as happy to spend time with their loved ones without anything in return. Of course, it never hurts to gift a box of diapers with a gift receipt naturally.

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Plan fun games and activities

Fun games help lighten the mood and give guests something to do while mixing and mingling. These can include diaper-changing races, guessing the baby's weight, and decorating onesies. Another fun game is baby photo guessing. Ask guests to bring baby photos of themselves and display them; then, have everyone try to match the baby picture with the guest.

If you'd like your games to be a little more useful down the road for the parents, have guests decorate plain onesies. Break out the fabric markers and fashion a craft corner. By the end of the party, you'll have onesies with special memories attached to them that will last through many days of happy messes for the parents-to-be.

Baby shower sweets, including a cake and cake pops.

Serve delicious food or try a potluck

Offer various food options that are easy to eat and cater to different dietary needs. Finger foods, desserts, and a variety of drinks are perfect for a baby shower. Small sandwiches with fillings such as cucumber and cream cheese, egg salad, or chicken salad are traditional. Fruit skewers are also great healthy options.

If you want to involve guests while keeping costs down for the parents-to-be, consider turning this celebration into a potluck. This works especially well in tight-knit, intimate baby showers where guests all know each other.

Don't forget dessert! Cupcakes are an easy-to-eat option, and you can decorate them with baby-themed decorations for a special touch.

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Assign a gift notetaker

Baby showers usually mean many gifts, and not always through the registry. After the gifts have been opened and a pile of wrapping is on the floor, it can be confusing for parents-to-be to figure out which gift came from whom without a little help. Give these harried folks a leg up by asking someone to take note of which gifts came from which guests. By the time the parents-to-be get around to writing thank-you notes, this list will be a lifesaver.

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Include the dad-to-be

Don't forget the dad-to-be in the baby shower festivities. Baby showers are celebrations and a way to ease into a new identity as mother and father. While much of the attention can be on the mothers-to-be, fathers-to-be also need some assurance that they are up for the tough job of parenting.

Make these dads feel included by ensuring his friends are also invited to the shower. What about adding an outdoor sporting element to the party, such as frisbee or soccer? This gives guests of all genders a chance to get active and enjoy the sunshine (especially for spring and summer baby showers). Have guests write down advice for parents-to-be (and subtly encourage the expectant dad's friends to add in their own father-centric advice); this book will become a treasured memento and also a source of inspiration and encouragement for years to come.

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Capture memories

Parents-to-be hardly have time to take in everything while at their shower. Take plenty of pictures and videos to capture the special day's memories. Set up a photo booth or hire a professional photographer to take pictures of the guests and parents-to-be. This ensures that you have high-quality photos that capture all the important moments. You can also go grassroots and encourage guests to take photos and have them upload them to an online album for the expectant parents to enjoy years down the line. If you really want to go above and beyond, you can also create a scrapbook with photos, invitations, and other mementos from the baby shower.

About Baby Shower

A new baby on the way calls for a celebration. Whether it’s the first child or a new sibling for your other children, you’ll want to celebrate it in a unique and fun way through a baby shower. It’s an exciting time for friends and family to get together, express their joy at the arrival of a new baby, and send good wishes to the expectant parents.

Traditionally, baby showers are held at the future mother’s home or the host’s. But the entire preparation, setting up, and after-party cleanup can be daunting for the new parents. After all, the last thing you’d want when the party is over is to deal with the mess and declutter your place.

Fortunately, there are many available baby shower locations you can easily book for the big day. These include hotels, restaurants, parks,and banquet halls. Not only can you avoid the cleanup situation, but unique spaces allow you to throw an impactful and memorable event.

The Best Baby Shower Venues

A baby shower doesn’t have to be an expensive and luxurious affair. But if you book the right venue, it can be one of the most stylish celebrations you’ll organize without breaking the bank.

  • Gardens
    You can’t go wrong with a garden as a unique space for your baby shower, except, of course, if it rains. But when the weather is pleasant, it’s one of the easiest venues to put together. Botanical gardens already have gorgeous views and beautiful flowers, so you don’t have to spend much on décor. Set up a few chairs and tables, decorate with a few balloons, prepare some homemade snacks and refreshments, and get ready to party.

  • Lofts
    Are you looking to spice up your special event? Converted lofts are expansive and versatile baby shower spaces you can design and turn into whatever you have in mind. They typically feature high ceilings with exposed beams and brick walls, giving off a cool, industrial vibe. So, if you know of a trendy spacious loft in your area, don’t hesitate to call and organize a visit.

  • Farms
    Farms offer a spectacular backdrop that any conventional space can’t match. It’s incredibly adaptable, so you can easily make it your own. It can also accommodate various activities and be transformed into a dancing space or a casual mingling area.

  • Resorts
    You may be expecting a big turnout, and most of your guests will have to stay overnight. Or maybe, you want a location that offers abundant entertainment and breathtaking views. Whatever the case, a resort is an excellent choice for a baby shower venue. You can also benefit from their experienced staff to help you pull off a fantastic baby shower bash.

What to Look for in Baby Shower Spaces

Not all event spaces are created the same, so you have to get your priorities straight before making a final decision. For your guide, here are a few details to keep in mind to ensure that your chosen venue is the best one for your big day.

  • Size
    Since it’s a personal event, you should have a general idea of how many people will attend and celebrate with you. Such knowledge is essential to decide on the overall size of the space you’ll need, whether it’s an outdoor or indoor site. Suppose you’re uncertain about the number of guests that will show up. In that case, it’s a good idea to pick a flexible venue, like a local park, garden, or community space.

  • Services
    The place to hold your baby shower should have plenty of parking and can accommodate guests with mobility issues. Check if they provide catering services or allow outside food to bring to the location. Some may offer kitchen facilities, so you can cook and prepare refreshments. You’ll also need to know if they have a cleanup crew or rules for decorations.

  • Features
    Baby shower venues are more than just empty rooms to bring people together. You’ll also want a space with additional features like a built-in audio-visual system, good lighting, a stable WiFi connection, and free arcade games. These provide a consumer-centered experience that will simplify your tasks and impress your guests.

  • Atmosphere
    One crucial element that can set your baby shower apart is the ambiance. Your party setting should have a perfect atmosphere that allows your guests to relax and enjoy the occasion. While the décor plays a significant role in creating the right ambiance in your venue, it isn’t the only thing that matters. Creating a dramatic flair is also about proper lighting, temperature, and even music.

Baby Shower Inspirations

There may be a lot of extraordinary venues near you, but not all of them will match your needs and budget. Still, it’s best to know what options are available so you can pick the best one that will lead you to event success.

  • Inspiring Church Adoption Baby Showers
    When you or a loved one welcomes a new family member through adoption, there’s probably no better place to celebrate than in a local church hall. Worship sites often have additional rooms or a big hall for social events, like weddings and receptions. Even non-believers will appreciate the relaxing ambiance in a church hall, and it often has furniture and AV equipment for gatherings.

  • Baby Sprinkle Showers at Vineyards
    Although you’d want to stay away from wines while pregnant, there’s no reason not to host a sprinkle shower at a local vineyard or winery. Your event will undoubtedly stand out with the venue’s elegance, uniqueness, and versatility. Plus, there’s no need to overdo the décor because the place is enough to create the ideal setting you want for a celebration that everyone will talk about for months and years.

  • Surprise Baby Shower at a Tea House
    Tea houses offer cozy baby shower rooms where everyone can chill and relax while having delicious tea and refreshments. The structure of traditional tea houses reflects the authentic Japanese architectural design and style, offering a chich and elegant look that will undoubtedly appeal to the guests. So, invite the parents-to-be to a tea house and make them believe they are just having a relaxing tea afternoon.

  • Beach Gender Reveal
    Gender reveals are a new party idea where parents and guests finally discover the baby’s gender. If you have easy access to the beach, why not host this exciting event at the beach? The cool breeze, the smell of ocean air, the sound of waves, the feel of the sand on your feet – everything about the beach is rejuvenating. And hosting a gender reveal simply doubles the fun.