This most exciting times in life deserves a big celebration! When a loved one is expecting a bundle of joy, allow the ACU Hotel & Conference Center help you plan the perfect baby shower for her to welcome her little one into the world in style!

What are the Benefits of Hosting Your Baby Shower in a Conference Center?

Mostly that we take care of everything for you!

Our professional, knowledgeable event planners can work out every detail of your loved one’s special day so that you can just sit back and bask in her expectant glow! We’ll work out the perfect room with the perfect setup, the decorations and the food. Just tell your event planner your vision and he or she will make it happen. 

The catering staff will make sure the food and beverage service is ideal for your event. Looking for just some simple snacks and coffee? We’ve got it. Is a formal buffet or plated meal more your style? Just let us know and we’ll make it happen. We can even accommodate special diets with advance notice. 

The ACU Hotel & Conference Center boasts over 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting venue space, much of it configurable to fit your needs. We’re sure we have the perfect space to host your loved one’s baby shower. 

Do you have guests coming in from out of town and you’re not sure where to accommodate them? Our 110-room hotel is right on-site our lovely, tree-lined campus and we’ll be happy to help you reserve rooms there. 

What is a Baby Shower?

In American tradition, friends and family of the expectant mother gather together to offer gifts for the mother and her unborn baby. It is a celebration of the upcoming birth and a rite of passage from woman to mother. It is called a baby shower because the mother is “showered” with gifts. 

Interestingly, the history of the baby shower dates back only to the time of WWII, as women began welcoming children in the baby boom era. In those days, baby showers were planned by a close friend or family members with women the only invitees and the expectant mother seated in a specially decorated seat for the unwrapping of the gifts. Some have speculated that this tradition started as a companion to the traditional marriage trousseau, offering the expectant mother the necessities of early childhood.

Baby Shower Ideas and Themes

If you’d like to jazz up your celebration with a theme, here a few fun suggestions: 

  • Books 
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Alphabet
  • Woodland 
  • Boho
  • Map or Globe (for the future world traveler!)
  • Jungle Animals
  • Vintage

Common Questions About Baby Showers

Who should I invite to my baby shower?

Tradition dictates women-only - friends, family and coworkers. But a lot of those rules have changed in recent years, so if you want to invite the dad and other male friends, family and coworkers, feel free!

Should I include my baby-registry information on the invitations?

Absolutely! Your friends and family want to know what you need and what better way to tell them than by sharing your registry information?

What is the best time of day for a baby shower?

That probably depends on what type of food you want to serve. If you want a more formal, plated meal, host your baby shower later in the afternoon or near dinner time. If you want lighter refreshments, have it earlier in the day. 

How long should the baby shower be?

Again, this is a personal choice. However, most showers average about two hours, depending on the number of guests and which (if any) activities you choose. 

Who pays for the baby shower?

Usually, the host pays for the shower. It is considered a gift to the expectant mother. 

At what stage in pregnancy should the baby shower be hosted?

Baby showers are usually held 4-6 weeks before the due date. 

Let ACU Hotel & Conference Center help you plan this most exciting event! Give us a call today to get started.