I got roped into planning a baby shower for someone. Thinking of having it in a restaurant. Any ideas?
If it's not going to be too big, I think there's a private room available at Slate Street Cafe, or at least space for a group to be semi-private. They have delicious food and a brunch/lunch would be nice for a shower. It's worth a call to see what they can do--the owner, Myra, is super helpful with that sort of thing.
Or there's always the Flying Star downtown. They have private rooms and can set up a special menu just for your group. They occasionally get a lot of flack here on DCF--I'm not going to weigh in on whether it's deserved or not--but they're easy for group events.
I hate showers (even hated my own), so you have my sympathy. Go the least stressful route, I say!
Is it soon before the weather gets better? I went to one once that was outside at a park. It was a potluck and everyone was casual and relaxed and just enjoyed themselves.
I don't mind a shower as long as it is a friend, their first baby and no one makes me play those silly games.
If it is a work place colleague, a place I worked once had the shower after the baby was born- and it wasn't a shower in the sense that there was a party. Mom & Dad made a list of needs (this included basics such as diapers and even babysitting duties) and a lists of wish we had. Once the baby was born and gifts were given, it was updated and posted. One one day we brought in our gift plus food to help the new mom in those first week and we simply took it to the new parents that day. Part of the reason we did it this way is that not everyone could get off to go to a party.
Are you footing the whole bill for the food? How many people? Would they all fit at one table in a small lunch place that could be simply, inexpensive yet nice? Annie's Soup Kitchen? Chantilly? Weck's?
Perhaps you "sneak out" of the planning and hire an event planner? Vicki of Orange September has basic services all the way up to doing everything for you: http://www.orangeseptember.com/Chapters She is super nice and down to earth!
Also, an interesting and alternative idea would be to hold it at someone's house and have a food truck come and park outside. Then everyone can just go out and order what they like.
If you still want to hold it at a place, the ABQ Party Space on central has pretty affordable rates.
Good luck! Let us know what you end up doing.
How many people, and what kind of shower were you thinking? I went to a very small one (~6 people) at the St. James Tearoom, and it was lovely.