A Beautiful Baby Shower at Clifton Nurseries
Madeleine Shaw is about to become a mummy! For all those summer lovers out there we have a treat for you. A lush, intimate and very healthy baby shower. The day was styled by our founder Sarah Kay at The Edit, alongside God-Mothers-to-be Millie Mackintosh and best friend Sorcha.
It’s such an exciting time to celebrate a baby and mum to be and we are seeing baby showers becoming more and more popular. The concept behind a baby shower is “showering” the mother with gifts.
The inspiration behind the event came from Madeleine’s passions – all things healthy and natural. The venue was our starting point as the event was hosted in Clifton Nurseries. A greenhouse surrounded in lush greens and full of natural sunlight beaming through the glass. The theme was brought to life with colour pops in the small floral arrangements on tables and in the colourful array of gluten and dairy free cakes by MonAnnie Cakes and a rainbow of tempting meringues by Meringue Girls.
“Thank you Pearl & Pear for bringing together some of the most fantastic suppliers for my gorgeous baby shower. You were a dream to work with – every detail was thought of. The decor was to die for and the day ran so smoothly. I now have so many amazing memories with my closest friends and family – and some gorgeous photographs to cherish. Thank you!”
Baby Shower Styling
The brief was to create an intimate, healthy and pretty environment within Clifton Nurseries. Of course this meant a lush, natural colour palette was adopted. Think jungle greens, sunny colours and white, bright tables. We focused on using lots of floral touches and dressed the wrought iron tables with mini bubble vases holding freesias, peonies and blush carnations. There was no table plan in order to keep an informal atmosphere and the main focal point was the drink and cake stands. Each place setting contained Kilkie Sands calligraphy adorned doilies detailing the menu on offer.
Giant balloons with ferns from our friends at Bubblegum Balloons added a fun touch and a great photo opportunity!
On The Menu
Healthy treats! Gluten, dairy free cakes were decorated with edible flowers and made using coconut sugar in order to be in line with Maddy’s ethos.
Baby Shower Games
“We had a game of ‘guess the baby photo’ with all pictures being framed in gold glass frames and dotted amongst the flowers for guests to guess. At the present table, gifts were piled high – all guests bought a book for the new baby and a jar was filled throughout the event with messages of advice for the mum. It was all about creating personal touches and creating a feminine environment for Maddy to enjoy one of her last group gatherings before she becomes a mother.”
Sarah Kay, The Edit.
Our Pearl & Pear Top Tips for planning your Baby Shower!
If the baby shower is not a surprise for the mother-to-be, consult with her to decide on the final guest list. A good way to find a date when most people are available is to use Doodle – an online site when potential guests can tick the dates they are available to choose from if you have a couple of option. After this, send your invitations – our partners at Papier have some beautiful options that you can design online.
Papier will help with pre-designed invitations, however remember to include the key information:
Who the baby shower is for
The date and time of the shower
The address of the shower
Ask for dietary requirements
RSVP phone number or email address
RSVP-by date (usually about two weeks before the event so you have time to follow-up any outstanding RSVP’s)
Choosing A Fun Theme
From the invitations to the cakes, it is nice to have a theme that will unify the different elements of the day. Here are a couple of ideas: afternoon tea, flower, tropical, polka dot, storybook baby shower, monochrome, all white, traditional boy and girl themed (if they are aware of the gender). You could even do a children’s baby shower so that elder brothers or sisters have an excuse to celebrate too!
Baby Shower Etiquette
RSVP promptly! It’s polite. Include any dietary requirements
Bring a gift! The reason for baby showers is to shower the mother-to-be with gifts. These can be for the baby or perhaps you want to gift something to the mother. Some nice ideas are your favourite baby book, blankets, photo frames, clothing – or for mummy; a massage, a pedicure, teething jewellery, perhaps a voucher to a lovely restaurant to treat themselves to a date night soon!
Bring along uninvited guests! Baby showers tend to be girly events and are a handful of closest friends and family. If your boyfriend is not on the invitation, they are probably not invited…
Touch the mum-to-be’s tummy without asking first!
Offer strong opinions on parenting choices. Now is not the time!
Baby showers are such a fun time to celebrate new life and existing friendships. With a few of these tips from Pearl & Pear, a sprinkle of magic, you can be sure to create memories to cherish!