First of all, if you're expecting---CONGRATULATIONS!

Second? Locals chimed in on some of the best places to host a baby shower near Tyler, Texas.

My mom used to always say that "babies give us hope." I didn't completely understand what she meant at the time, but assumed I would someday when I became a mom.

Because #lifehappens, I never had the particular joy of becoming a mother--at least not of a human baby. Even still, I think I know what she meant now.

In the midst of the madness of this world in which we find ourselves, there is much over which to fret and be concerned. However, when it comes to the happy news of a baby on the way--whether within my family or friend group--there's something purely joyful about that.

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If you or someone you love is having a baby, I can imagine the overwhelming excitement of their impending delightful arrival! And now you can focus on gathering all of those adorable baby things and creating the perfect nursery to which you will soon be bring them home.

In the meantime, its time to enjoy the preparation and probably to celebrate with at least one baby shower as friends and family gather together to help you prepare for the new addition to your family. And that begs the question....

Where are some of the best places in, near, or around Tyler in which to hold these baby showers?

Obviously a friend or family member's home is always a potentially lovely choice. At the same time, you may just want to celebrate somewhere else--perhaps in a more public location. That way, you or your family member will have less to clean up.

Plus, baby showers often include more people than they used to--especially since menfolk are much more likely to attend, as well. (Which I love.)

Recently, someone posed the question on social media: "Where are some of the best places to have a baby shower in or near Tyler?"

Here's what they had to say--and please feel free to let us know of more locations you'd recommend in the comments on our Facebook page or send me an email at tara.holley@townsquaremedia.com:

Locals Share 11 of the Best Places for Baby Showers Near Tyler

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