All parties are special but there is definitely something extra special about a baby shower. It’s about the miracle and anticipation of new life, celebration of a dear friend who will soon transform into a mother, the knowledge that everything is about to change and an overflowing of love and good wishes for the new chapter the little family is about to start (also knowing that this might be the last chance you are able to have an uninterrupted conversation with the mother-to-be for quite a long time!)
I was very honoured to be to throwing a baby shower for a good friend of mine earlier this year. However, it did present me with a bit of a conundrum as this bundle of joy was going to be a surprise whereas the showers I’ve previously organised have been for mums who knew what gender baby they were expecting. So rather than go with a baby theme I decided to do a theme fitting the mother-to-be instead and as soon as I saw the Liberty of London partyware by Meri Meri on the Party Camel website I knew it would be perfect. The Betsy collection is feminine and delicate yet bold with its neon trim and very elegant, everything my friend is. I think the combination of the colours and the florals makes it gender neutral for a baby shower but it would also be lovely for a girls birthday party and range also comes with birthday party options . I am just totally in love with this collection! I did get a bit carried away buying party supplies as there were so many beautiful things but they really made the day and the Party Camel service was amazing, especially the speedy delivery!
I always think an afternoon tea is perfect for a baby shower as it can be fairly relaxed, everyone can eat leisurely at their own pace and of course it is a great excuse for sweet treats! I laid out an afternoon tea spread with savoury and sweet goodies from The Lime Tree Cafe’s catering menu. I’ve used The Lime Tree Cafe to cater a few parties I’ve held before and I always find the service to be impeccable and the food delicious.
I created a simple yet very effective backdrop to the table using strips of crepe streamers in complementary colours and a few tissue paper pom poms and paper fans. The finishing touch was the Liberty of London Baby Baby Garland.
Every baby shower needs a cake, especially an afternoon tea baby shower! I was hoping to make one myself but as it came closer to the day I had too much going on so thankfully Hey Sugar bakery came to my rescue on fairly short notice. The ombre cake was topped with a beautiful cake topper that was handmade by my very talented friend Katy of My Paper Love. We designed it together but her execution was better than I imagined and it tied in with the rest of the decor perfectly as she was able to incorporate paper from paper gift bags in the Betsy collection. It was so pretty I popped it in the flowers after the cake was done – it would also make a great table centrepiece too.
Katy also made a matching greeting card for me and a handmade envelope with ribbon detail. She is definitely the person to go to for bespoke cards made to a very high quality. These photos just don’t do her work justice!
Even with beautiful partyware I couldn’t resist a little DIY to carry the theme through. I used the rest of the paper gift bag from the cake topper to decorate white wooden letters and I cut up some some extra napkins to decorate the favour bags each guest received at the end of the shower. These were inspired by Oh Happy Day’s gift bags using the Betsy range. It pays to think outside the box even with partyware – with a little imagination, items can be used for so much more than what they say on the box! The Thank You messages were handwritten with an ink calligraphy set I’d previously received as a gift from the mum-to-be – I’m sure she was happy to see how much I love using it!
The mother-to-be also needed a little decorating and I loved this floral belly sash by Ginger and Ray, it is such an elegant alternative to the traditional mum-to-be sash. The chalkboard tag can be personalised with your own title and the positioning accentuates the bump, it is like a flower crown for mama’s belly!
The favour bags kept with the afternoon tea theme and included an assortment of individually wrapped Twinings tea bags, “merci” chocolates and a oriental style fan in a floral pattern very similar to the Liberty of London Betsy print, I was pretty pleased to find those! I hope the guests found them handy over the summer!
Of course the most important part of a baby shower is the guests. So, to help mama-to-be remember all the lovely friends who showered her with love on the day, I set up an alternative guest book inspired by a few similar versions I’ve seen on Pinterest. Each guest left their signed fingerprint surrounding the die cut silhouette of a pregnant mama in a rain shower, they were kind of like the raindrops, cute!
I also set up a little photo booth for the guests using this fun pack of baby shower props and an instant camera. I hung floral wrapping paper and burlap baby shower bunting on the wall to create a simple back drop.
I had great fun putting together this baby shower and I really hope the mum-to-be and her friends enjoyed themselves, oh and I had two little gatecrashers who just happened to arrive right as it was cake time!
Liberty of London Betsy partyware and other decor items: Party Camel
Cake: Hey Sugar Bake Shop
Cake Topper: My Paper Love
Afternoon Tea spread: The Lime Tree Cafe
(Please note that this is not a sponsored post, all party supplies were carefully selected and paid for.)
Have you organised any baby showers before? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you!
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