So, you’re having a baby shower! But, where?? The Valley has a wide selection of excellent venues for a variety of styles and budgets. Hopefully, this can give you an idea of some of the options you have. Since our business is with pregnant mamas we get quite a bit of insight on all things baby, and we figured we would put our connections to work for our local expectant moms. We were lucky enough to have some awesome mamas here at Meet Your Miracle were willing to share their experiences at different venues in the area.
You have two basic options: venues who require you to make your own food or obtain outside catering services and venues who do it all for you. Obviously, the former venues fall on the more affordable end for those looking to save money, and the latter offers a more worry-free experience in exchange for the higher price tag.
Bring Your Own Food!
The Upton House of Warren
The Upton House, one of the oldest houses in Warren, is a beautiful building boasting a lush garden, which is also available. The Upton House, built in 1840, is styled after the era and can accommodate over 150 guests. It offers a catering kitchen, air conditioning, and handicap accessibility. One of our contributing moms told us it has “old style charm inside and out”.
380 Mahoning Avenue NW, Warren, Ohio 44483 (330) 392-4202 http://www.uptonhouse.org/
Elton Beard Cabin in Boardman Park of Boardman
The Elton Beard Cabin is a quaint little cabin in Boardman Park, located just beside the children’s play area. It offers accommodations for up to 72 guests, a kitchen area, fireplace, heating and air conditioning, and private restrooms. The cost is very reasonable, starting at $160 for Boardman residents. We are lucky enough to have worked with two lovely mamas, who are also sisters, who highly recommend Beard Cabin, saying it was “cute and cozy” and that they loved the outdoor play area to keep the little guests occupied.
Pioneer Pavilion in Mill Creek Park of Youngstown
Pioneer Pavilion is a gorgeous sandstone structure located in Mill Creek Park between Youngstown’s west and south sides. With room for up to 96 guests, the building offers use of its upper and lower levels as well as an outside terrace. For those wanting to serve mimosas or champagne, alcoholic beverages are permitted here. This one is not air conditioned though, so while absolutely stunning, moms may want to consider booking spring, winter, or fall showers here. Our contributing mom described it as “beautiful!”, and the pictures support her claim! It is rented by the hour with a 4 hour minimum for a Mahoning County resident hourly rate of $50.
Birch Hill Cabin in Mill Creek Park of Youngstown
Birch Hill Cabin is another recommended Mill Creek Park location on Youngstown’s west side. This cedar cabin offers charm and a cozy atmosphere with a beautiful fireplace, heating and air conditioning, private bathrooms, a kitchen area, and an attached deck with a grill. Tucked away in the trees of Mill Creek, it would be a lovely choice for a fall shower. The price is pretty fantastic, starting at just $95. One of our moms told us it was a beautiful venue for her shower.
Have Your Venue Do It All!
Ciminero’s Banquet Centre of Niles
One of our mamas has nothing but good things to say about Ciminero’s, stating that Mr. Ciminero is “so easy to work with” and does “a wonderful job taking care of all the little details”. Ciminero’s offers a newly renovated banquet facility that can accommodate 50 to 550 guests. Beautiful fruit and cheese displays are optional, along with homemade crackers and bread. Yum!
The Hippodrome Grand Ballroom of Warren
The Hippodrome is a part of the Mocha House family so choosing a Mocha House desserts is an absolute must if you have your shower here! The Hippodrome can accommodate 20 to 300 guests, and offers preselected or custom menus. Prices here start at $8.50 per person.
The Gentry of Hubbard
The Gentry offers full banquet services at its newly renovated banquet hall in Hubbard, and it also offers off-site catering services in case you have your eye on one of the venues listed above but would still prefer to pay someone else to do the cooking. One soon-to-be mom told us she had her wedding shower at the Gentry, is planning her baby shower there, and says “Mary Beth does a great job to make your special day stress free!” She also had great things to say about the décor and food!
The Blue Wolf Tavern of Boardman
The Blue Wolf is one of the most well-known restaurants in Boardman for good reason, great food! They also provide catering services, offering full banquet services at the Maronite Center in Austintown, off-site catering services at a venue of your choice, or even pick-up for simpler affairs.
A couple of our moms also recommend the Highway House in Austintown and the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Boardman, but these facilities did not have information available on the internet.
Well, there you have it. I hope this helps you sort through some of the venues in the area. And don’t forget, no matter where you choose to have your shower, Meet Your Miracle can come and introduce the star of the show to all of your friends and family with a 3D/4D ultrasound!