Baby showers are great for celebrating a new life on the way. And one thing’s for sure: Los Angeles knows how to celebrate! No matter if you’re into a dinner party, an intimate brunch or a girls’ night out, we’ve got the right venue to suit your version of a baby shower. Just browse our selection and pick your favorite place. Looking for additional tips on hosting a baby shower in LA? Keep reading!
How to throw the perfect baby shower in Los Angeles
The purpose of a baby shower is to have fun, share the joy and show support for the mommy-to-be (and the daddy!). Conversation and laughter can work wonders in terms of easing some of the stress and anxiety, while thoughtful gifts are a great way to help the future parents prepare for the adventure ahead of them.
When to throw a baby shower: There’s no right or wrong time to host the celebrations. Our best advice is to consult with the mom-to-be. Before you start though, make sure she’s comfortable with the idea and physically able to go enjoy it! There’s no point throwing a party when she’s nauseous all the time and won’t be able to participate! Though baby showers are typically hosted one to two months before the due date, some moms may prefer an earlier date, around second to mid-third trimester. In some cultures, having a party before the baby is born may be considered bad luck – but no one said you can’t throw a baby shower post-birth!
Who to invite: Again, there are no hard and fast rules here. Baby showers are typically a family affair, so it makes sense to limit your guest list to family members and close friends. Some prefer to make it a women-only event, but it doesn’t have to be. Feel free to invite male relatives and friends. Kids can come too!
Where to host the party: Depending on the number of guests and the vibe you’re going for, you can host it at home, use a public park or rent a venue. The last option is probably the most convenient, as it will take at least some of the organizational weight off your shoulders (e.g. cooking food, serving your guests, cleaning up after the event, etc.). Los Angeles is filled with amazing restaurants and charming cafes ready to host your baby shower, whether it’s a small and intimate gathering or a party for many guests.
What to bring to a baby shower: Baby shower gift ideas usually include practical gifts, such as baby wipes, diapers, children’s books, etc. Some parents prepare a registry, where they ask for specific items they’re going to need in the baby’s first months. You can also go the DIY route and make a guest book with fun quotes or offer to do something for the parents once they welcome their baby into the world, e.g. babysit or cook a nice meal.
What to do during a baby shower: When it comes to baby shower activities, involve the mommy-to-be in the planning process! Let her choose how she would like to spend this special day. Baby shower staples include having some food and drinks (consider serving mocktails) and opening gifts. There are also a number of baby shower games to play, e.g. baby photo guessing. You can even get crafty and have each of your guests design a onesie for the baby.
Where to host a baby shower in Los Angeles
Sprawling Los Angeles has venues for all sorts of celebrations. Whatever type of baby shower you are hoping to organize, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find a place to accommodate all your needs.
Why not couple your baby shower with an exclusive dining experience? Try some of Downtown’s exquisite eateries, explore West Hollywood, known for its amazing restaurants frequented by celebrities, or enjoy a slice of luxury in Beverly Hills.
Private party in a quiet area
If you’d rather have your baby shower away from the hustle and bustle, check out Pasadena with its historic Old Town or upscale Brentwood, and its rich selection of cozy cafes and elegant restaurants. Los Feliz and its neighbor Silver Lake are both close to the busy areas of Hollywood, Central LA and Downtown, yet boast a more relaxed vibe and are filled with cool spaces for private celebrations.
Girls’ night out
Some mommies-to-be prefer to use their baby shower as an excuse to have a true girls’ night out before the new baby arrives. For thrilling nightlife adventures, visit the city’s buzzing party hotspots such as Hollywood, Koreatown or Hermosa Beach.
And how about celebrating the new life on the way in one of the beach destinations, such as the popular Santa Monica, its artier neighbor Venice or the more secluded Malibu? Besides long stretches of golden sands and mesmerizing views of the Pacific, the cities that line LA’s coast offer a multitude of unique venues ready to host your baby shower.
Picnic in a park
If you fancy a picnic-style celebration, Los Angeles abounds in beautiful public parks that are just perfect! We can suggest outdoor locations such as Griffith Park, Vista Hermosa Natural Park or Echo Park Lake. Alternatively, you can try one of our outdoor venues to enjoy an open-air baby shower in Los Angeles without having to worry about any organizational issues.
Baby Shower Venues in Los Angeles FAQ
What are some of the best places to have a baby shower in Los Angeles?
Check out some of our top picks for a baby shower in Los Angeles:
- Marmalade Cafe – A charming and cozy neighborhood cafe with a bright private dining room, located on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
- Chado Tea Room South Bay – Fancy a tea-party-themed baby shower? Chado is all about the love of tea. The South Bay location boasts a gorgeous event space with a fountain in the middle and cupboards lined with various kinds of tea and the prettiest china.
- Ballast Point Brewing – Maybe you’d like to host your baby shower on the water? This Long Beach venue with floor-to-ceiling glass panels features private areas with lovely views of the harbor.
Can I rent an outdoor venue for a baby shower in Los Angeles?
The perfect Los Angeles weather lends itself to outdoor celebrations. Here are some of our favorite outdoor venues ready to host your baby shower:
- Mistral Sherman Oaks – An elegant French bistro located in the heart of San Fernando Valley, with a lovely outdoor patio for an intimate baby shower.
- Electric Owl – A Sunset Boulevard-based gastrobar, featuring a back patio with floral walls and comfortable sofas and armchairs.
- Traxx Restaurant – A family-owned restaurant located inside Downtown LA’s Union Station with a gorgeous patio.
Where can I get the best cakes for a baby shower in Los Angeles?
What’s a party without a cake? If you’re dreaming of a custom-made cake for your baby shower, Los Angeles has some talented bakers who will create anything you can imagine! Here are just a few of the city’s amazing bakeries:
- DeliciousArts Custom Cakes on Pico Boulevard;
- Hansen’s Cakes on Fairfax Avenue;
- K Bakery on West Temple Street.
How much does it cost to rent a baby shower venue in Los Angeles?
Prices for renting a baby shower venue in Los Angeles can fall anywhere between $35 and $400 per hour. On Tagvenue, you’ll find many affordable LA-based restaurants and cafes ready to host your baby shower which offer package deals ranging from around $30 to $75 per person.