Nowadays, people love hosting and attending events, and we're one with that!
But each time we do, we don't just look for a nice venue to hold a gathering, we always make sure we provide a great experience for our guests.
I mean, it's a day of celebration, with your family and closest friends. It has to be the #bestdayever, right? But like any other parties big or small, planning one consumes a lot of time, effort, and money.
Say hello to researching venues, reviewing caterers, pinteresting decors, narrowing guests, and gift registry. Any hormonal preggo mama can just hire a planner which by the way adds cost, or simply opt out of the plan.
But wait!! A new baby is something to be celebrated with loved ones! And a baby shower is the perfect opportunity to share the news and actually spend time (while you still can) with them. Cause once the baby’s out, it’s a whole different story.
On our case, we had our gender reveal as planned and hosted by my sisters and MommyBFFs. It was supposedly Gender Reveal slash baby sprinkle in one because if we can cut corners, why not, but my friends had a different plan. I think the deciding factor was when some of the generous brands we worked for pledged gifts and whatnots for the party.
WOAH. This really needs to happen!
Cue in Jayson asking me what I wanted for my birthday. Aha! Bring out that Baby Shower checklist!
Some would opt for a venue, hire a caterer, and stylist separately. Although there are cases you can save money from that, the amount you keep isn't worth more than the time and energy you can save when booking these three all at once.
To do that, we carefully selected a cafe which can accommodate 30-50 guests, caters good food, and has superb interiors. It wasn't easy but the result was so worth it!
We found Manna&Golde, a quiet cafe across Jose Delgado Memorial Hospital where I will give birth.
I went with my friends Liz and Annie, and upon entering the place, we found what we're looking for! Not to mention the friendly and accommodating branch manager who entertained my queries and helped me do adjustments with the menu with just two days before the event.
Ground Floor, Apartment 20, Kamuning Road, Kamuning, Quezon City Contact: +63 9178062991 Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Food: American, Coffee
Capacity: 30-55 pax
Budget: Buffet packages start at P500 + per head
Other cafes we considered were:
1. Flossom Kitchen + Café
G/F Flossom Place, N. Averilla Street, San Juan City Contact: 356-6900 Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Thursday) and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday to Sunday)
Food: All-day breakfast, Brunch, Desserts
Capacity: Main dining area can hold up to 70 pax / Garden area 20 - 25 pax
Budget: Buffet packages start at P700 + per head
2. Olivia's Cafe
#70 Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman Quezon City, Philippines
Contact: (02) 285 6995 / (02) 285 7002 / Fax: 901-4391
Food: American, Coffee
Capacity: Up to 30 people can fit in the cafe but might be too cramped.
Budget: Average cost for 2 people is P800