Saturday, September 1, 2007

Location, Location, Location

If you are unsure about where to host a baby shower, weigh the pros and cons of all your options. The most popular location is in someone's home because of the intimate setting and low cost. But there are other places to consider, depending on the expectant mom's personality and your budget.
  1. A restaurant: Rent a private room at a nice restaurant, and you will have automatically eliminated your having to cook. You will still acheive that intimate home setting because you'll have all the privacy you need. And even though you won't have as much say-so as you do in your own home, you can still decorate the room. And the best part, no dirty dishes after everybody goes home!!
  2. A hotel suite: You will have to put out money for a hotel room, especially a suite. But there are some pros to this option as well. Compared to a restaurant, you will have more freedom to decorate the room, and you'll have more privacy. If the baby shower budget allows, choose a hotel that has a refrigerator in the rooms, and some even have full kitchens.
  3. Are you by the waterfront? Have a beach baby shower. This is a great option for those moms who like the outdoors and the cool beach breezes. But its not my favorite option. First, who's going to carry all the food and whatever decorations you have from the car to the beach? And what about the weather?? You'll be crossing your fingers hoping it doesn't rain. You can set a rain date, but it may rain on that day too!! Your best bet is to stay indoors. But, if you really like the idea of having a beach baby shower, be optimistic. Expect the best but prepare for the worst.
  4. Another outdoor option - a baby shower picnic in the park. As I've said, having a baby shower outdoors isn't my thing, but it is another good idea for the outdoorsy mom. You'll just have to be prepared for the weather.
  5. Now, here's one outdoor idea that will work. A baby shower pool party. Should you have unexpected weather, just take the party inside. Problem solved!

These location options are a great way to put a new twist on old baby shower traditions. But no matter where your celebration will be, remember why you're celebrating in the first place. And that reason alone will make any baby shower a success.

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