Baby Shower Basics: What theme?

 

 

Welcome to part 3 of my Baby Shower Basics Series! If you missed part 2 you can read it here. So now we know who is hosting the baby shower and where it will be held, whats next? We need to decide if there will be a theme and what it will be!
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Last year I wrote this post about the pros and cons of having a themed baby shower. So what if you don’t want a theme? Just stick to a colour such as pink for a girl or blue for a boy etc. If you decide you do want a theme I have an entire page dedicated to theme ideas! Just check out the Theme Thursday page!

So what will it be for you, theme or no theme? Let me know in the comments below =)

Bye for now!

Hayley x

 

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Baby Shower Basics: What venue?

Good morning! Welcome to part two of my Baby Shower Basics series. If you missed part one you can read it here. So now that you have decided who will be hosting the baby shower, you need to decide where it will be held.

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Most baby showers are held at the home of whoever is hosting. Emma hosted her baby shower at home, you can read her story here. This is the most popular option but there are others:

  • Meet at a favourite cafe or coffee shop- This one works well for a small, informal baby shower
  • Hire a local community centre- If its going to be a large gathering this may be the best option but it may be expensive!
  • Go outside! Meet in a local park for a picnic- Although in the UK this one can be a bit risky, pray for good weather!

 

When deciding where to hold the baby shower, think about these points:

  • How many people will be invited?
  • If holding at home, have you got enough space?
  • What is your budget? Have you got enough to hire a hall/community centre?
  • Will the location be easy for the guests to get to?

 

Hope this has helped, if you have any points to add please comment below! Part three will be posted next Thursday.

Hayley x

 

 

 

 

 

My Baby Shower: Emma from Life is Peachy

In December I “email interviewed” Emma from Life is Peachy! Here she shares her Baby Shower story with us. Thank you again Emma!

What year was your baby shower?

I had my baby shower in February 2013 – I started planning it in the new year!

 

Did you host your own baby shower or did someone do it for you?

I hosted my own – I’m a little bit of a control freak about organising things and I love organising get togethers!  I think, with hindsight, I was a little too tired to take on some of the work when it actually came to the day (it was just under two weeks before my due date) – but I’m a glutton for punishment!  My friend Amanda helped to put invitations together and put a few things in place.

 

Tell us about it! 

I invited about 20 people and 14 made it. I have the smallest house in history, so we were all cramped into my little lounge.  I just had a vintage wooden rocking chair delivered that morning, so I was sat pride of place rocking away, whilst my friends and family were all sat around me.  

I didn’t have a theme, I went with quite a simple tea party – pink lemonade in teacups, pink wafers, sandwiches, the lot and served everything up on my vintage rose china set.  I used to run a vintage tea party business, so I loved putting everything together – I had some help from a few of my friends who came up early on the day.  I wanted something really relaxed and informal – it was an opportunity to get all my friends together from the various places I had lived and loved as I really didn’t know how often I would be able to see them, once the baby was born.  I made a playlist of some of my favourite music (I kept it pretty low-key, no Marilyn Manson on this occasion) and just sat, ate, laughed and chilled out with people I loved.

I guess the only theme was really ‘Daisy’ – we knew we were going to have a little girl and we knew we wanted to call her Daisy.  So I made invitations with little Daisy buttons attached and made each visitor a fabric bracelet, with the same button on.  Our cupcakes had wafer daisies on also.  It was quite cutesy, but Daisy already felt like such a big part of our life and I’m glad we went with that idea.  About as glad as we were when she was born – and was absolutely, definitely, a girl!

One of my favourite bits of the shower was the wishing tree I made.  I had seen the idea on Pinterest and, with each invitation sent out, I sent a blank luggage tag and asked each person to fill in a piece of advice about becoming a mum.  On the day I hung the tags on several little branches in a vase and kept it up, right until I gave birth.  I kept all the advice I was given, it will be such a great thing to look back on in years to come.

 

Most important question- Did you have a good time?

I had an amazing time, Some of my closest friends traveled miles to come and see me for the day – having moved to Nottingham in 2012 with my partner, I miss these guys the most!  I love nothing more than getting all my lovely friends and family together and it was so emotional to have everyone there.  I had some incredible gifts for Daisy from everyone – it was really special and something I’ll remember forever – even before Daisy was here she was an important part of our lives!

It was always touch and go whether or not my Mum would be able to make it, but she was able to catch a train on the morning and spent the evening with me as well.  I was so chuffed that she came to the shower too ( she lives in Somerset), I don’t think it would have been the same without her!

 

Anything else to add?

As much as it is an American tradition – I would always recommend a baby shower for anyone who is expecting.  It was such a great experience, lovely to have your nearest and dearest around you looking forward to the new arrival.  I felt really special and loved just as I’m sure little D did too!

 

Thank you Emma, sounds like an amazing baby shower! If you want to share your Baby Shower Story, comment below and I will email you the questions =)

Hayley x

Baby Shower Basics: Who should host?

Welcome to my first post for the Baby Shower Basics series! Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing posts covering all you need to know about planning and hosting a baby shower. So if you are expecting or know someone who is, keep checking back, I’m here to help =)

So post one covers the first thing you need to decide when planning a baby shower: Who should host?

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If you are the expectant mother you can choose whether to hold your own shower or let a willing volunteer do the honors. Lets have a look at the pros and cons of hosting your own shower.

Pros

  • You can make all the decisions
  • No surprises! You are in control
  • You don’t need to find someone who wants to host a shower for you
  • You can make your shower very personal to you

Cons

  • Some people think that if they hold their own baby shower, it looks like they are asking for presents
  • No surprises! This can be a pro or a con depending on your viewpoint
  • Your are in control. Again could be a pro or con!
  • Depending on how far you are into your pregnancy, you might not want the stress of hosting!

 

Just to be clear, I’ve included the first con because a few people have said that they were worried that if they hosted their own shower it would look like they just wanted presents. Personally I don’t think that guests would think that, I think there is nothing wrong with hosting your own shower but it is down to your preference. If you would rather someone else took charge, see if your mother, sister or a friend would like to host it for you.

On Saturday the lovely Emma from Life Is Peachy is sharing her baby shower story and yes she hosted it herself! So do check back for that =)

Bye for now!

Hayley x