On the hook for your BBF’s baby shower? Rise above the urge to punish her for that maid of honor dress with tips from local event planner Amy Nichols.
In the Shade
Choose a color scheme and introduce it with the invites: SF-based ecobiz Minted offers many a hue. Keep the gathering intimate with fewer than twenty guests.
Home Sweet Home
A brunch party at home is easy on the wallet. Offer a hearty strata, salads, and mini croissants from Williams-Sonoma, followed by mini cupcakes from Angelina’s Catering or iced baby bottle-shaped cookies from Little Laura’s Sweets.
Make a garland of baby essentials as a gift for the mama-to-be. Stock up on clothespins, string up a clothesline, and dangle baby booty.
Game, Set, and Match
Hold a baby name contest: Everyone jots her faves on scraps of paper and places them in a bowl. The guest of honor reads each aloud and guests weigh in.
Everyone loves candy for favors: Baby Ruths and Sugar Babies will induce smiles.
And remember: Planning well is the best revenge.
Too busy to DIY? Leave it to a pro: Amy Nichols Special Events (415-690-3690 or amynichols.com).
Photo credit: Karina Marie Diaz
Pasados del Presidio Afternoon Fun for Kids
What: Historical reenactment honors San Francisco’s first settlers, with live music, adobe brick-making, and eats.
Why: It’s a blast from the past.
When: Fri., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., at Arguello Blvd. (415-561-5500).
Stern Grove Kids Days
What: Dance and music workshops in percussion, hip-hop, bhangra, and capoeira mandinga, for tykes ages 4-13.
Why: Get their grove on.
When: July 14-Aug. 6, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: 19th Ave., at Sloat Blvd. (415-252-6252). Register online at sterngrove.org.
Just Like Family
What: Tasha Blaine reads from her new book examining the lives of nannies, the families they work for, and the kids they love.
Why: These are the real nanny diaries.
When: Sun., 4 p.m.
Where: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera (415-927-0960).