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Old 02-14-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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I am co-hosting a baby shower for a very close friend of mine. We are thinking of having it at a restaurant but my question is, should we the co-host's pay for it or is it acceptable to ask the attendees to pay for it and we supply dessert and drinks?
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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The hosts pay for it. The attendees pay for it by bringing gifts.

If you are concerned about cost, have it at your house instead of a restaurant.
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:15 PM
 
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Keeping a Grip on Baby Shower Expenses
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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I'm with Hopes on this. Attendees are guests. Hosts are hosts.
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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That is what I was thinking, problem neither of our houses are really large enough to host a shower comfortably but neither of us can afford to pay for 30 lunches either.
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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Do you have a friend (who would be invited anyway) whose home is large enough that could offer her home but you two could do the rest? Or does someone who lives in an apt. or condo have a clubhouse? Or host 2 smaller showers.....time to get creative...
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:01 PM
 
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I agree. Hosts pay. Does someone live in an apartment or condo complex with a club house? those can be great for parties. Or maybe the restaurant would let you do it at a non-meal time (mid afternoon) and just buy dessert for everyone.
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:02 PM
 
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Do you have a friend (who would be invited anyway) whose home is large enough that could offer her home but you two could do the rest? Or does someone who lives in an apt. or condo have a clubhouse? Or host 2 smaller showers.....time to get creative...
as usual we think alike!
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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All good ideas above (and I definitely agree that the hosts pick up the costs). Another option: do you have local park buildings or other places that rent space? Often residents can rent meeting room for a very reasonable price. My parents had a graduation party for my brother at our local park in Minneapolis; the price included access to all the tables and chairs as well as use of a kitchen.
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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You can't ask attendess to pay anything. It's not polite. How about having a dessert-only shower? You can host it in the evening or in the mid-afternoon on a weekend so people don't expect a meal.

Also, since you don't have to set up tables, chairs and food (all of the food can be set up on one table and guests can graze) you'll need less space and can probably accomodate eveyone at someone's home.

The ladies at my church gave me a nice shower last month and held it at 7 p.m. on a Monday evening at our church mulipurpose room. They served fingerfoods (veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, cake and cookies, etc.) and punch. Everyone had eaten dinner beforehand so the amount of food was perfect.

There are lots of tips online if you google "inexpensive baby shower ideas."

Good luck!
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