If you came to this post looking for cheap baby shower venues in Nairobi, then you are in the right place. Here are a few ideas to consider:
Cheap Baby Shower Venues in Nairobi
- A restaurant on a day or time when it is not busy. The restaurant will appreciate the business, i.e.,the food and drinks you buy, and might not charge anything for the venue. You can easily choose a restaurant that serves food and drinks within your budget so that the costs stay low. (Maxland Grill & Lounge on Waiyaki Way is a restaurant that is particularly open to hosting baby showers.)
- If you or any of the friends and family of the expecting mother live in a compound or apartment complex with a club house or common room/area, consider what it would take to hold the baby shower there.
- If any of the expecting mother’s friends or family has a large enough home, consider asking them to use their house as a venue. You can do your utmost to ensure that no other hosting duties fall upon them.
- Nowadays, many residential properties rent out rooms on services such as TripAdvisor, AirBnB, and Booking.com. Consider contacting these properties to rent their common area(s) for a few hours. This is something I know establishments like Lake Breeze House in Kampala do.
Not-So-Cheap Baby Shower Venues in Nairobi
If keeping the budget low is not your primary concern as you plan a baby shower, then also consider…
- a hotel room. A hotel room is very cosy, especially if you are inviting close friends and family. You can get as large and as nice a room as your budget permits. You’ll definitely have privacy! Furthermore, the hotel can provide you with decorations, food, and drinks, radically reducing the amount of work for you to do. Browse a list of Nairobi hotels for every budget here.
- a microbrewery. This may not be a natural first thought when planning a baby shower because baby showers are usually alcohol-free events. Still, consider this: 1) microbreweries usually have very chic, modern decor; 2) they typically have areas for people to gather and meet; 3) they normally serve food; and 4) they already have tables and chairs so all you’ll have to bring are decorations.
Do You Have Any Other Ideas for Baby Shower Venues in Nairobi?
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Hi…so did you miss me these past three weeks?
Please excuse the silence. I was busy with a flurry of activity related to a cousin’s wedding.
You know how weddings can be…but how so exciting!
This wedding was particularly exciting for me because it was the first truly Tanzanian wedding I was attending in 18 years.
On top of being a great opportunity to catch up with the Tanzanian side of my family, I was looking forward to this wedding because I knew it would offer me a chance to attend some typically Tanzanian wedding functions for the first time.
Of particular interest to me was attending a Tanzanian bridal shower, commonly known as a kitchen party.
If you’ve never heard of Tanzanian kitchen parties, basically, at these events a bride-to-be’s close female friends and relatives get together to “provide her with all the necessary qualities and material things she needs to be a proper wife to the man she is marrying“.
Sounds harmless enough, right?
Yes, except that I’d heard that kitchen parties, despite being an all-female affair, could turn extremely wild and racy.
This, I wanted to see for myself!
My First Tanzanian Kitchen Party
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), my cousin’s kitchen party did not degenerate into any such thing.
Still, it was very interesting to hear what advice the older, married women had to give on creating happy unions.
One woman spoke about being free with praise for one’s husband.
She advised the bride to be open with her husband. For instance, she suggested the bride-to-be tell her husband what it was about him that had won her over during their courtship.
That and to be generous with compliments. She encouraged the bride-to-be to do this a lot!
The woman suggested that were the bride-to-be ever to feel shy, then she could resort to tools such as SMS to, for instance, tell her husband how well he had made love to her the previous night. 🙂
Another woman urged the bride-to-be to be hard-working in her new marital home. The woman advised the bride-to-be to actively participate in providing financially for her family.
According to this woman, should the bride choose to be a stay-at-home Mom, then she could opt for income-generating activities that could be carried out at home, such as selling jams or rearing poultry, instead of looking to her husband to be the sole financial provider for their family.
Overall, it was quite a fun and interesting female bonding experience. It was also very different from the only other bridal shower I had been to at the time.
A Bridal Shower in Nairobi
The first bridal shower I ever attended differed from this kitchen party in many ways.
For starters, the age group of the guests was a lot more limited.
The Bridal Shower Gifts
The gifts at this first bridal shower consisted mostly of lingerie, bath products, and candles, while the conversation was geared more towards the attendees getting to know each other and celebrating the highlights of the couple’s relationship to date, instead of offering advice for the future.
It was a wonderful experience and quite possibly the best female bonding session I have had—EVER!
Although I knew only two other women at the bridal shower when I first got there (and that’s counting the bride), I left the shower feeling that I had shared intimately with every woman present.
Well, how could I not when even the introductions delved deep into the essence of each of our lives?
These introductions were not the usual ones preceded by a person’s name and occupation.
Instead, each woman was asked to introduce herself by sharing the following information in the precise order listed: her most embarrassing moment ever, when she had been deflowered, her favorite food, her favorite color, her name (finally!), her occupation, and lastly, the happiest moment of her life.
As each woman told us about herself, the rest of the group interjected with questions and comments, many that led to conversations about topics universal to the feminine experience.
What marked me most was the variety of experiences found in this small group of seemingly homogeneous women.
Now that I have shared a bit about my experiences at bridal showers, I would like to leave you with some information that you might find useful in your own life.
The next time you get an invitation to a bridal shower and have no clue what to get the bride, here are some gift ideas, both classic and contemporary, that would be just perfect for the occasion.
7 Classic Bridal Shower Gift Ideas
7 Contemporary Bridal Shower Gift Ideas
I hope these gift ideas come in handy one day. That said, that’s it from me.
I hope all is well in your respective corners of the world.
As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
Until the next time,