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If you’re looking for baby shower venues, we’re guessing congratulations are in order. 🎉
Whether you’re organizing the event for a close friend or family member, or you’re putting together your own, exciting times are ahead.
Picking an ideal spot might just be the first item on your to-do list. But by the time you get to the end of this article, we’re hoping that you’ve at least ticked one thing off.
Let’s get started.
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The first rule of hosting baby showers is that there are no real rules to hosting baby showers
Sure, there are some old traditions that can be nice to adhere to, but you don’t have to feel bound to a specific playbook.
The point is to gather your squad together for celebrations and support. If you get that right, consider it a success.
One of the most popular options is to host a baby shower at your home, or at the home of a friend or family.
But it can also be fun to venture further afield.
Parks make great outdoor venues, and restaurants are a perfect option if you want to have the catering (and the dishes) taken care of by someone else.
And then there’s the question of when.
Again, there’s no one way to do this, but it’s generally a good idea to have a baby shower when you’re between 24 and 32 weeks.
The reason for this is that you should be over the worst of the first trimester symptoms, but far enough away from your delivery date to feel mobile and strong.
(Hot tip: if possible, give your guests a heads-up a few weeks in advance so that they have time to get gifts organized.)
Shh! We’ve got a secret for you: you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an incredible event.
Hosting at home is a great idea, as is having a picnic.
Keep it small and simple.
Opt for DIY decor, dollar store prizes for games, and a simple cake.
And here’s a simple hack — the time of day you choose to hold the baby shower can also have a bearing on the cost.
Tea and cake is a lot cheaper than a three-course lunch.
Another option is to try a virtual baby shower.
That way, you can share in the love from all your friends and family near and far, while saving money at the same time.
Right, with all that in mind, let’s dive in. Here are some of our favorite baby shower venue ideas.
We’ve put together baby shower location ideas to suit every taste and budget.
We’ll kick off with this eternally popular option.
If it’s your own baby shower, you might find it comforting to be in a familiar space right now.
No lugging decor and gifts from spot to spot, and no forking out for a venue hire fee.
Also, if you’re struggling with any uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms, all your comforts are right there.
If you have a small space, consider staggering the guests’ arrival times so that you get to see everyone.
The only real downside of the at-home shower is the cleanup.
This is the time to call on your people.
There’s nothing common about this garden variety baby shower.
If you have a botanical garden in your town or city, you have an ideal spot for a baby shower picnic.
Throw down some blankets, pull out your favorite treats, and play games in the greenery.
The best part? Gardens come with built-in decoration.
Consider that part of your job done.
When our lives were thrust online in 2020, we learned to adapt.
Birthday parties, coffee dates, and even weddings became possible in the virtual space.
Virtual baby showers can be a real hit, particularly if you have friends and family in different parts of the world.
We take you through all the details here.
If tea parties are your, well, cup of tea, a tearoom can be a great option.
The great part is that you don’t have to worry about getting tea and cake together yourself.
Choose one in a beautiful setting for some added charm.
And if you feel like adding a theme, why not go full Alice in Wonderland and have a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?
It’s a simple dress-up theme that everyone can play along with.
There are few things as enjoyable as a park picnic.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective option, opt for a potluck where guests all bring a dish.
Plus, it’s the perfect place for little kids to run around.
A portable speaker to play your baby shower playlist can go a long way.
Okay, let’s be honest, the thought of having all the dishes done, and the food sorted by someone else is pretty appealing.
Having your baby shower at a restaurant allows you to enjoy a meal with your loved ones without having to work too hard.
If there are lots of kids in your life, opting for a restaurant with a play area is a great idea.
If you live on the coast, a beach baby shower can be a real treat.
Set up blankets or rent loungers and chairs.
Take a cooler of delicious drinks and some easy snacks.
And if you’re into it, why not add a nautical theme?
Just pack the sunscreen, as your skin may be a little more sensitive than usual at the moment.
Most community centers have rooms and outdoor spaces that you can rent out, usually by the hour.
This can be a great option if you’re looking for some extra space.
Some community centers have kitchen facilities, which can be very useful when planning your snacks.
Heads up, you’ll likely have to pay a deposit before renting out the space.
An increasingly popular venue for weddings, farms can be a great option for baby showers too.
Being surrounded by loved ones in a rustic atmosphere has a unique kind of charm.
It’s also a great option if you have little kids looking for entertainment.
Some farms offer restaurant facilities, while others may be able to provide space for the perfect picnic.
Okay, there are a few different ways to do this.
One is to book the hotel facilities — which may come with some other fun amenities like use of a pool.
Another is to check in for the night and have a pajama party.
A night with your favorite people before the baby arrives? Yep, pretty enticing.
Why not chat to your Peanut community to find out where they had their baby shower?
Wishing you all the best for a successful event.
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