Will you, a friend or family member be joining Kate and Wills in welcoming in a new arrival in 2013? We’re hoping Kate takes some time from her royal duties to celebrate the news, and join the other mums-to-be up and down the country in toasting their bumps with a baby shower. Baby showers offer a memorable way to mark your journey to parenthood, celebrate with friends and share the excitement over cake, cocktails – non-alcoholic, of course! – and baby chat. And, thankfully, you don’t need a royal bank account to create a day to remember. All that’s required is some creativity and some willing pairs of hands to help plan and dress the event.
Who organises a baby shower?
The key thing to remember is that a baby shower is an excuse to really treat the mum-to-be, so ideally she shouldn’t be too involved in the organisation. That’s not to say you can’t plan your own baby shower, but do be sure you’ve enlisted some help with the shopping and setting-up. If there’s one day you can indulge your ‘inner princess’, this is it, so if it’s you who is expecting, let others do the legwork while you browse the web for ideas to make your shower special. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration, and we love the beautiful boards on the American website Snippet & Ink – although a wedding site primarily, it has ideas that can be easily adapted for baby showers.
Tips, themes and ideas
The key components of a baby shower are food, drink and décor, but don’t worry – none of this needs to be labour intensive. Get inspired browsing the gorgeous baby shower ranges that are available, to help you create a coherent, stylish theme for your event. Our pretty Tiny Feet range is designed specifically for baby celebrations and features everything from cake stands (perfect for those must-have cupcakes!) to bunting, an easy but effective way to dress your home for the occasion. With its adorable, pastel illustrations the Tiny Feet range enhances the other elements of your party. Add in some vases filled with pink roses (particularly pertinent if you’re expecting a girl), or sprinkle some rose petals or confetti around your table; load a cake stand with delicious cupcakes, iced in delicate hues of blue and pink; scatter some tea-lights around the home to add some sparkle and serve glasses of pink fizz (try a raspberry cordial, for example, or a rose-coloured ‘mocktail’). You really don’t have to spend too much time or money to create something truly special.
Enjoying the day
Your room looks magical, the expectant mother is surrounded by friends and has a stack of gorgeous gifts to unwrap – what could be more perfect? Remember to assign one of the guests on snapping duty so you can record the baby shower on camera. As a thank you to the guests for their help and presents you could make up little party bags, filled with little treats to take home,
a wonderful reminder of your special day.