Baby Shower Venues

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  • Outdoor baby shower venues

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    Hello! I’m due in November, and my aunt (who lives elsewhere) has offered to throw me a baby shower in the fall. Since she’s not familiar with the area, I need to pick a venue. Looking for something outdoors and casual, either that provides food (small bites, not a meal) or where we could bring a few platters. I suggested a park but sounds like she’d like somewhere with some infrastructure for setup/cleanup since she’ll be flying in the day before and leaving the next day.

    Appreciate the suggestions! 

    It'd be helpful to know how many people you'd like to have at the baby shower. There are a lot of cool outdoor dining spots. Nido's backyard would be nice for a small group. My friend had a birthday party there and there were about 20 of us in the semi-private outdoor area. I am not sure if you can bring in food...

    Sounds like fun! I'd suggest your aunt consider working with a catering/event management group like Culinary Excellence -- they could provide a handful of location options and also cater or provide other event needs like flowers etc. I've worked with Culinary Excellence before and suggest your aunt reach out to Jessica Murphy at jessica [at] for more info. (I particularly love that they can match any dietary need out there, which is SO helpful for events.) Good luck and have fun!

    Agree with Nido's. Drakes Dealership is another option, but would have to go with their food + beverage.

    Yes, forgot to mention that. It would be 20-25 people I’m guessing. Nido’s is a great idea! Thank you 

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  • Hi,

    Any recommendations for an indoor and kid-friendly venue for a baby shower in or near Berkeley?


    Not Berkeley but close: we had a kid friendly baby shower at Fenton’s! They were great!

  • Outdoor baby shower location

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    we are looking for an otudoor baby shower location for late fevruary and were considering the Little Farm at Tilden.  Any other iseas?   There will be lots of kids there, so we want a place where they will be comfortable and able to play.  

    I had my baby shower at Lake Temescal and have since had our son's first and second Birthdays there. Each reservable site has a lot of space and there are play structures nearby. If you are unable to reserve a site there are some really nice unreserved spaces as well. Lot of parking too.

    Since your event is in February and weather is unpredictable, perhaps a place like Sequoia Lodge in Oakland would work well. I've attended events there, and it seems perfect for something like a baby shower. The lodge is an indoor space, with a kitchen, but has a playground/outdoor space attached (the Lodge host a preschool during the workweek, and areas like he sandbox are closed, but the play structure isn't and there is running around space. It is a city owned property.

    I had my baby shower (co-ed BBQ) at lake Temescal. We had a bunch of kids who could play on the lawn, fish, swim or play at the playground. They have bathrooms, parking and built in BBBQs. You can reserve tables in advance by calling the park district. February is hit or miss on weather so you would probably need a cover of some sort if it rains.

    I've used to find location venues in the past based on my criteria.  It's great because you usually find locations that aren't always easy to find or advertised.  Check them out and hopefully you'll find a space that works for you.  Good luck.  

  • seeking a venue for a baby shower

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    Can anyone recommend a sweet beautiful venue for a baby shower for about 50 people?

    Thank you.

    Le Bateau Ivre on Telegraph is nice.

    How about the small hall at Arlington Park? It's perfect for small kids too because the park is right there. 

Archived Q&A and Reviews


Venue for a Baby Shower in East Bay

Feb 2004

Hi. Can anyone recommend some good locations or restaurants for a baby shower for about 20 people (plus or minus), preferably in the Oakland / Berkeley / Emeryville area. I have consulted the website. Thanks. anon

I've attended some great baby showers in restaurants in the Oakland/Berkeley area. They all have amazing food and were very accommodating. To meet budgets, you could pre-select a menu of items for your shower guest. Ginger Island on 4th Street - they don't have private rooms, but we had a whole section of the restaurant cornered off for a shower of about 25. Garibaldi's on College Ave - They have a private room and there were about 30 of us. Good luck!

My baby shower was held in the restuarant at the Claremont Hotel and it was absolutely lovely. Kelly Jo

Baby shower in San Francisco

August 2003

I am trying to find a place to host a baby shower in SF for approximately 20 people. Ideas? Gretchen

We recently had a wonderful baby shower/tea at the San Francisco Ritz-Carlton. It was held during their regularly scheduled tea time, but a section was set aside for the shower. I don't know the cost, but they did validate parking...which is a big savings! Lorie

My friends just threw a baby shower for me at La Table (3640 Sacramento St.) in SF. They have a beautiful back room that is perfect for a shower and the service was wonderful. I'm sorry I can't comment on the cost since I don't know how much it was but I can say it was the perfect place for a party! Helen

-- We had a baby shower for a friend at the Sheraton Palace for tea. It was very fun, and apparently a fairly popular destination for such events. Good food, good teas, and easy for the hostesses. The setting could not be more spectacular. And just off the Montgomery Street Bart station, so no parking in San Francisco.

Lovejoy's in Noe Valley is a spot for high tea. They host plenty of showers there for very reasonable prices. AH

You might try Lovejoy's Tea Shop on Church Street in Noe Valley. I have seen other showers being hosted there and it looks like it would be lovely. The food is wonderful and the decor is very charming and quaint. The only drawback is that they may not be able to host 20 people-- it's definitely worth checking though. Good luck! anon

Maybe a tea? You could go all out at the Garden Court in the Sheraton Palace on Market St. or at the Ritz Carlton. Both do lovely formal tea services. Or if cozy and comfy sounds better there's Lovejoy's Tea House on Church. Ann

One of my favorite little restaurants in the city is a french place called L'Olivier it's on Davis Street. They have a couple of rooms that would fit your group and be private- a garden room in the front and a larger room in the back. They do a prix fixe menu for large groups that is very well priced for the city. Give Christian or Ghee a call at 415-981-7824. Juliette

We held a baby shower for a friend at Il Fornaio, near Levi Plaza. The service and room were wonderful. MD

Ask for the back patio at the restaurant, ''the Magic Flute'' wfp