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

 

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

Alice tea party baby shower ideas

This weeks Theme Thursday will be the last one for the foreseeable future, as I am going to move on to a different blog series in 2014. All the theme ideas from the series can be found here. This weeks theme is a little different and would be a real talking point at the baby shower! So here are my tips and ideas for an Alice in Wonderland tea party baby shower.

Invitations

These invites from Miragreetings are just fantastic! They are personalised and then printed from your own printer. These invites can be used no matter what gender the baby will be and the illustrations are adorable!

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Decorations

While I was doing my research for this post, I stumbled across so many fantastic decor ideas, here are some of my favourites!

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I love this idea! Create a confusing signpost, just like in the book, using a post, some cardboard and paint or felt tips! Photo from Hostess with the Mostess

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This is a perfect example of how to decorate a table for a tea party! Candlesticks, doilys and pretty flowers, what else could you need? Photo from Tea Party Foodies

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How awesome are these!? Unsourced photo on Pinterest but you can make your own card men with a pack of cards and a little creativity =)

Food

Typical tea party food such as sandwiches and cupcakes is all you need! For an extra Alice in Wonderland touch, add “Eat me” and “Drink me” labels.

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Photo from Pinning Lynda

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Photo from Party Plan

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Photo from Saddleworth Shindigs

Party Favours

Simply attach “Take Me” labels to party bags and fill with thank you notes and little treats. Photo below from Anders Ruff

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Theme Thursday: Flower Power

This weeks theme is perfect for anyone expecting a baby girl!

Invitations 

How sweet are these personalised invites from Priceless Kids? I love the colours and the cute floral print!



Decorations

I love this idea of making flowers out of different sized balloons! Image from Pinterest, unfortunately I couldn’t trace the source.

Food

These fruit kebabs are cut into flower shapes and would make a fantastic table centerpiece. Photo from Baby Care Answers.

I have chosen the next photo for two reasons, firstly because the table is beautifully presented and fits right in with the theme. Secondly because it is simple buffet food that is easy to make. Another unsourced Pinterest photo.

  

 Favors

I have already featured these favors on my Star themed post but they perfectly fit the flower theme too. These plantable stars have flower seeds sown in so that each guest can grow their own flowers to remind them of the baby shower! Available here

As always, let me know if you decide to have a Flower themed baby shower or if you have any ideas for future Theme Thursdays!

Hayley x

Baby Showers: Theme or no theme?

When planning a Baby Shower, there is a whole plethora of things to think about. Invites, decorations, food, favors, the list goes on. So before you drive yourself mad, there is one question to ask yourself and/or the expecting mother who the party will be in honor of: Will there be a theme?

Once you have answered this question, it is much easier to plan the specifics. So what are the pros and cons?

Pro theme:

  • Having a themed shower can be a lot of fun
  • Can make the shower a more memorable occasion
  • If the gender of the baby is unknown, a unisex theme can be more interesting than having everything in neutral colours

   

A theme can be a lot of fun!

Theme cons:
  • A theme can mean spending a lot of time searching for coordinating decorations, tableware, invitations etc
  • Some people may not want the added stress of choosing and implementing a theme

So what will it be?


If you decide you would like a theme, check out my Theme Thursday page for tons of ideas.

If you don’t want a theme then simply stick to a colour, for example pink for a girl, blue for a boy, lemon/cream for unisex.

Or if you would a theme but don’t have time to do all the running around check out my animal themed Baby Shower Kit. Everything you need is included and the introductory offer is still on!

Hope this has been useful! So what will it be for you, theme or no theme?

Hayley x

Theme Thursday: Prince/Princess

This week the theme is prince or princess so there will be a lot of pink or blue! Although you can adapt the theme to any colour you wish =)

Invitations

I have picked my two favourite invites, one for a boy and one for a girl =) Photo’s and links are below. Both are personalised and printed off from your own printer.

Gorgeous pink invites from Freshly Squeezed Cards
Blue with chevrons from As You Wish Creations
Decorations

You can make your own tissue pom pom decorations in blue, pink or whichever colour you are using. These look so effective and are quick and cheap to make! The tutorial is here
Food

Here are some of my favourite examples of prince/princess/royal themed food from the interweb =)

Princess finger food from Kara’s Party Ideas

Prince sweetie centerpiece also from Kara’s Party Ideas
Crown sandwiches from Betty Crocker
Party favors

Here is a link to a fab free printable! Use it to make your own cute favor boxes. Just add a thank you note and some sweets/treats and you are good to go =)

Free printable here

As always let me know if you try any of these ideas or if you have any suggestions for future themes!

Hayley x

Theme Thursday: Sweets

Today’s theme is Sweets! This theme is particularly good for girls, “Sugar and spice and all things nice!”. Of course there’s no reason you can’t do this for a boy too!

Invitations

These invites from From Head to Toe Designs are so adorable. I love the funky colours and stripes! These invites are personalized and you print them from your own printer.

Decorations

This is such a simple but brilliant idea! Attach balloons to sticks and wrap with cellophane to create giant lollipop decorations. Just add colourful banners or paperchains and you’re done! Photo from Indulgy

Food

This theme is the perfect excuse to indulge your sweet tooth! Here are some great ideas and examples.

Sweets galore from Style Motivation
Pretty pink food from Miss Milli World
Party Favors

Why not have a go at making your own washcloth sweets? I made several of these for a friend and they were well received =) Simply roll up two baby washcloths and wrap with cellophane and ribbon to resemble sweets!

As always let me know if you try out this theme or if you have any suggestions for future Theme Thursdays =)

Hayley x