A baby shower is a perfect way to celebrate an expectant mom and her little one. Hosting your baby shower at a restaurant removes a lot of decisions and details from your to-do list, simplifying the planning stage into something manageable.
At Galuppi’s, we aim to make event planning stress-free for you. Here’s our simple and comprehensive guide to planning and hosting a baby shower at a restaurant, including choosing the baby shower venue, choosing decorations, and sending invites.
Step 1: Set Your Budget
If you don’t have a budget to follow, you’re more likely to overspend. Setting a budget (and sticking to it) is an essential part of planning any event. Before you plan or decide anything for your baby shower, you need to draw up a comprehensive, realistic budget.
When drawing up your baby shower budget, be sure to include:
- Venue hire
Step 2: Choose When And Where
The best baby shower restaurants include setup, catering, and cleanup to ensure everyone can relax and enjoy the celebration. And if you find a venue with a gorgeous view, like the lakes, bridges, fountains, or golf course at Galuppi’s, you can drastically reduce your décor costs.
In general, weekends are the best days to schedule a baby shower. If your catering budget is tight, consider hosting the shower between meal times (such as a Sunday brunch or late afternoon gathering) and serving finger foods and light snacks. If your catering budget can stretch a bit further, serving around lunchtime gives you time to prepare in the morning and avoids the loud dinner crowds.
Step 3: Finalize Guest List & Send Invitations
The number of guests you invite depends on your food and invitation budget. Most baby showers have between 10 and 30 guests. If your budget is on the smaller side, try to keep the number of guests below 16.
Depending on the formality of your baby shower, you can email digital invitations, create a Facebook event, or send handwritten invitations in the mail. Invitations should be sent 6 weeks before the day of the baby shower. This gives guests time to plan and RSVP. Ask guests with food intolerances or allergies to confirm ingredients they cannot have so you can alert the restaurant and plan your menu accordingly.
Step 4: Finalize The Menu
When hosting a baby shower at a restaurant, look at the available menu options and choose one that fits your budget and meets your needs.
Make sure you’ve included options that cater to the expecting mom’s cravings and preferences, as well as guests with food intolerances or allergies. It’s safe practice to include a few vegan and vegetarian options.
Step 5: Plan The Decorations
Once you’ve got the essentials planned and organized, it’s time to get creative. A preferred vendor directory is a great resource for finding quality decorations, such as floral arrangements. To add a personal touch to the decorations, include photos of the mom-to-be as a baby.
Step 6: Enjoy The Shower
On the day of the baby shower, it’s time for you to sit back and enjoy the celebration. At Galuppi’s, we specialize in hosting special events for big and small groups. You can pamper the mom-to-be in our opulent banquet halls or bask in the warmth of the sun on our outdoor patio.
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Are you about to plan a baby shower for yourself or a friend? Contact us today at 954-785-0226 to find out more about our event packages and how we can make your vision a reality.