Post # 1
I live in chicago and I can’t find a afforable place to have my baby shower. Im due july 23rd and I want to have my co-ed baby shower June 7th. Every place I find is expensive. If there are any Chicago bees that can give me a idea place that you know of please.
Post # 2
Can you not have it at your house or a friends house?
Post # 3
Does it have to be at an event location?? I’ve always hosted showers in homes or private rooms of restaurants. My cousin is hosting my baby shower in the club house of her apartment. It’s a really pretty/cute location and FREE! 🙂
Post # 4
I third PP’s suggestion at having it at your house/friend’s house?? all baby showers I have been to have been held at home… I’ve never seen a baby shower held elsewhere except in the movies or else if the person is uber wealthy.
Post # 5
You should see if ant family or friends could host a shower for you at their house. It’s not great for you to be hosting your own shower.
Post # 6
I find it odd that so many are saying they’ve primarily been to baby showers in someone’s house. I don’t think I’ve *ever* been to one in someone’s house (I guess the houses in this area aren’t that big, or the ones I go to tend to be bigger). I have seen them at apartment/trailer park clubhouses, community centers, park pavilions, etc. Those would be my suggestions for finding affordable venues.
That, or scale back the guest list and have it at somebody’s home.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Tutti80: That’s prime wedding season in Chicago so most venues are going to be booked by this point or holding out for a wedding. Definitely check into local parks and restaurants with private rooms.
Post # 8
CookieCreamCakes: I’ve only ever heard of homes. How many people are you thinking would go to a shower? More then 30? I mean I would assume most showers it’s 10-20ish people.
Post # 9
I’ve been to showers in homes and there’s typically 30 or more people. Just finger foods and drinks sitting out, the mom to be opens presents as people bring them, kind of like an open house. Everyone checks out the nursey, etc. You could have a BBQ outside, but I agree I don’t think you should host your own shower.
Post # 10
Thanks for your nice help. I came to the bee for ideas for shower. My mom and mother in law is arranging my shower. But it will be 100 guest and there is no way to have a home baby shower. But it only take one wedding bee to not say something nice then everyone reply the same. Thanks anyway for ideas I just thought if it was any Chicago ladies that knew a place tha wasnt too expensive. I have a place now thanks anyway.
Post # 11
I have a big family and my husband has a big family and everyone wants to come and share this Special moment with us Especially since its the first girl I’m my husband family And first granddaughter in my family.
Post # 12
Tutti80: Have you looked at a space in a cafe that has a patio area or maybe a small art gallery.
Try free range chicago I know you can rent out office space and conference rooms, its really nice inside and I think they often do parties
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
Tutti80: Check out locations in NWI. Munster, Highland, Dyer, Merrillville all have nice venues and bigger sized restaurants that can accomodate that number. They’ll be much cheaper than Chicago, not too far, and the sales tax is less over the state line.
Post # 14
Tutti80: Perhaps you should have initially mentioned the shower was 100 people so you could get some better advice. Most baby showers (including my own) that I’ve (and it sounds like other bees) been to are around 30 people or less.
Does anyone have a really big backyard? Maybe do an outside shower? You can rent chairs and tables to accomodate everyone and have the food brought in. Even a tent if necessary. I think the biggest problem you are having is that it is definitely prime wedding season and those venues have been booked for months and months.