A MONTH BEFORE âœ”Scout out possible locales and compare rental fees. Many places will waive the fee if enough food and drinks are purchased, but if there is a fee you shouldn’t be paying more than $150 for a couple of hours. âœ”Once you pick the spot, start spreading the word. Keep it casual and give everyone a ring or send a mass email to give them the party details, and invite the kids along to make sure everyone can make it. TWO WEEKS BEFORE âœ”Survey the party space beforehand and find out what type of servingware, dishes and linens are available. Make a list of everything extra that is needed so that you can stock up over the next couple of weeks. âœ”Make arrangements with the café for the food and drinks. Estimate about four to six treats, one to two drinks and up to four glasses of water per person, per hour for an in-between-meals party. And, don’t forget the cake (one tradition not to be bucked). MORNING OF âœ”Review your list of extra items to bring and pack accordingly. âœ”Purchase or make two small table
arrangements of flowers and one taller arrangement for the goodie table. âœ”Bring colourful paper and pens so everyone can write fond wishes and advice for the mommy-to-be. JUST BEFORE THE PARTY âœ”Decorate with linens, floral arrangements and tiered cake plates, and make the focus of the room all of
the delicious treats. DURING THE PARTY âœ”With all of the hostess pressure on the café’s staff, everyone is free to enjoy a low-key afternoon with good food and good friends.
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