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Mar 12, 2012 03:34 PM

CHARLOTTE: Baby Shower Venue Rec's

Dear friends: I am looking for the most affordable option to have a baby shower in Charlotte mid May. I'm thinking that an afternoon tea service or a place that serves a variety of desserts is probably the best option in terms of affordability, but am open to any and all ideas.

The duty of hosting this event was hoisted upon me, and frankly I'm not where I can spend a lot of money right now and I don't live in Charlotte to be able to cook and have something at my (or another's) home.

Thanks so much for any ideas!

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  1. How many guests will be attending and how much do you want to spend?

    11 Replies
    1. re: southernitalian

      Amelie's is a little French pastry shop, that also serves coffee, soups, sandwiches, etc. Very ecclectic decor and located just NE of center city in our arts district where everything is a slightly more affordable. Their website says that they do have a private dining room.

      1. re: southernitalian

        Hi! I would anticipate around 20 and I do not anticipate serving alcohol.

        As far as $$$ goes, I need to keep this as affordable as possible. My co-host and I just graduated from grad school, so loans, etc. are hounding us to death. I don't know what to budget, but I'd like it to be as lovely as possible for our friend, but I am very cost conscious of this event that has fallen on our shoulders to host.

        This is just not a very good situation trying to plan something like this from out of town. I'm so grateful to you all for your help & advice. I just emailed Amelie's to see what their proposed menu would be, but I see they tack-on a fee just for the private room apart from the food, so that is something I would like to avoid.

        Thanks again!

        1. re: Tehama

          Most of the newer neighborhoods and apartment complexes in the city have clubhouses that can be rented out. I went to a shower in a neighborhood in S. Charlotte recently. The neighborhood is called Carrington. It would be perfect for 20-30. I think it was $75 for 5 hours. Most have full kitchens. Then you can bring in what you want. If you let us know what part of the city you'll be in, maybe we can dig around or maybe the mother to be has one in her hood.

          Question - can you ask the mother to be if you can have this party at her house? It really sounds like you're dreading this. I would hate to have whoever was hosting my baby shower seem to be unhappy about the honor.

          1. re: southernitalian

            Thanks so much for your thoughts; much appreciated. My friend lives fairly close to the Arboretum in a gorgeous neighborhood. And you are right; I am not happy. Under any other circumstances I would willingly volunteered and been happy to do so. But to have been told that I was going to host with one other friend and when it would be and to then start being picky about the shower, I am aggravated beyond belief, not to mention financially constrained about what I would like to do and what I can do. I had definitely thought of asking to have it at her house, but that seems so déclassé to have the shower at her home. Thanks so much for listening and if you have any other ideas that pop in your head, I'd love to know them. Many thanks!

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              Sue, you are a riot! I am headed to Chucktown the weekend of 4/13. What is a must for me? I can't decide if I want to return to Husk or FIG, but am leaning toward FIG. Help a sista out! ;-)

              1. re: lynnlato

                But lynn it's true! So tacky. I wish somebody would call ME up and tell me I have to give a party. Bring. It.

                I always love FIG. They never disappoint. I haven't been in a while, and I need a fix.

                Consider Anson. I went during Restaurant Week and they knocked it out of the park.

                And I do like Husk. Not love. Just like. And don't forget hank's.

                I hope all the softshells will still be on menus when you get here. They're going fast. Have fun.

                Sorry, Original Poster, for the off-topic. Go tell those people what I said. Tacky.

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  Ha! You're the best! I had the exact same thing happen to me that appears to be happening to the OP. I was out-of-town and had to plan a bridal shower because I was the maid-of-honor. No one, including her family, would help. WTF? I did it but I wasn't happy about it. I was much younger then. Today I would've told them to go pound sand. Ha! Yes, so sorry to Tehama for our off-topic posts and rants. Sorry!

                  I have resv. for dinner at FIG and brunch at Husk. I really need to get into Anson too, I think. I read a post you made about their shrimp n' grits and it has sold me. Softshells - yes please!!!

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    I love you guys! I'm so A.D.D. I totally get the off-topic exchanges! I'm embracing the "joy" now of the shower and am just going to make the best of a bad situation.

          2. re: Tehama

            Trio in South Charlotte has a room that has no room charge and they are extremely easy to work with. They are a locally owned & operated restaurant with a very affordable menu. They are very popular for their lunch and brunch. They also do caterings so they can accomodate your budget and print up special menus, etc. You can limit your gathering to dessert or light lunch. Here is a link:

            Did you ever consider hosting the shower at a place like Trio and having everyone pay for their own lunch and you provide the cake? Just a thought. I've seen that done before. In any event, good luck!

            1. re: lynnlato

              LynnLato! Thank you! Trio looks super cute. I am going to contact them today. Many thanks to you!
              Have a wonderful day!

              1. re: lynnlato

                Just looking at the menu you could have brunch there and let people order whatever they want and still come out cheaper than getting stuff catered! And not have to decorate or clean up!

          3. Hey all -- me again. I have about given up on the idea of being Ms. Emily Post and not throwing the shower at my friend's lovely home since she is now asking me to go ahead and have it there (just bring in catering). I guess since I'm not from Charlotte, it will not matter if her CLT friends thing I am über tacky or not!

            On that note, and I hope this is okay to add to this post since technically it is related to food, but do you all know of any companies or private parties where I could hire a server/dish washer for a couple of hours to help with the food service and cleaning? If I do have this shower in my friend's home, I certainly don't want to leave her house in any sort of mess. I would guess just a regular housekeeper/maid would fit the bill just fine.

            Thank you all again for your help! I have enjoyed all the comments and replies!

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            1. re: Tehama

              If you are hiring caterers, they usually can provide a server and someone to do dishes. Check with La-tea-Das The food truck - Roots - also caters and for something completely different, get this guy to make your cupcakes:

              1. re: hazardnc

                Thanks so much! I appreciate all the local recommendations. Have a great day!