Baby shower price tag

So my husband and I are having our little girl in June, she wil be our first child! We sat down to make a guest list for our baby shower and with close friends and family the guest list is up to 166 people. That's not including people my mom "HAS" to invite. We live in Santa Barbara and venues are not cheap, even park rentals add up. We are looking at a $1500 minimum price tag for the baby shower, that's a lot more than we wanted to spend. I'm trying to weigh the pros  and cons but what do you ladies think... Is the big baby shower worth it? How much did you spend? 

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