I'm co-hosting a baby shower and we are looking for a venue. Majority of the guests live in the Valley so we'd like to keep it border within the Sherman Oaks-Woodland Hills-Mission Hills-Chatsworth region. We are estimating about 40-45 guests and would like to keep the budget to around $2000 including food, drinks, favors, centerpieces, etc. I know about Marmalade Cafe (been to several showers there) but what else is there in the Valley that can hold 40 guests? We are looking to either do lunch or afternoon tea (a la Marmalade Cafe). I read a post about Alcazar being a nice venue -- has anyone used their outdoor patio for a private party before?
We are also considering Duke's in Malibu -- anyone opinions on this? My only concern is that it will be too far for guests and possibly way out of our budget.