A friend of mine is having a baby in a couple of months. She's going to be a single mom and someone else was originally hosting the shower. However, there was an argument, so I offered to host the shower.
Now, I've never planned a baby shower before and I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I'm starting to wonder why her first host bailed on her and I'm thinking that this shower is going to cost me way more than I expected.
Her invitee list is more than 70 people. That alone freaked me out, as I always thought showers were for intimate settings of people. These are just people she "associates" with so right there, with her expensive invites she has chosen and the postage - we're talking over $100.
Next up food: she is wanting a fully catered event. Every shower I've attended was very simple food, maybe a veggie & fruit tray, a hearty dip and an appetizer - stuff you can make at home. However, this is not the case.
Now she's telling me she wants this elaborate candy buffet as well. I checked into that, and I was given an estimate of $100 minimum. I was also told this is more of a wedding thing and is used for favors for the guests. She already bought different favors.
My question is - how do I handle this and tell her that I want to help host, but this is way beyond my budget for what she is asking? She's a great person and will give everyone the shirt off of her back, but I feel like I'm really going to end up spending over $500 for this! Help please!