Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Once seemingly solely the domain of over zealous Americans, baby showers have become increasingly popular and, like weddings and hen/stag parties, bigger and better! It's not usually a question of if there'll be a party, rather when the party is. Predominantly female only gatherings, they're the ideal opportunity to spoil the mum-to-be who'll soon to rush off her feet with her little one.
Unlike the other female-centric ritual of the hen party, baby showers should be relaxing, comfortable, and fun. Bringing a touch of glamour will differentiate the event from just another day, and create something really memorable. Late nights are out of the question when the guest of honor will probably have ankles larger than their thighs by 8pm so something in the day such as afternoon tea is a safer bet.
Most country houses will offer a discounted rate for baby showers booked in advance so shop around. Similarly, if something more contemporary is desired head to a hotel specializing in lunch spreads and arrange a menu comprising all of the mum's favourite foods (and avoiding those she can’t have – no liver, soft cooked omelettes, or delicious blue cheese fondues).
Cakes and pastries are not optional – never try to get between a pregnant woman and a cupcake. Surprise guests by avoiding the predictable pink or blue choices and choose either neutral shades or go all out with a rainbow selection. If this is the baby shower to end all baby showers why not splash out on a silver cake stand and matching silver candlesticks, which can be kept as gifts after the shower. This is a nice idea for mums who've already got other children and don't necessarily need so much baby 'stuff'.
For more traditional silver baby gifts, a personalized silver rattle will always be treasured for years to come. The best thing about silver is that it'll become an heirloom piece, treasured for generations, much like silver wedding gifts – which the baby's gifts can be selected or personalized to match.
Finally don't forget the bubbly. Hire a mixologist to invent a non-alcoholic cocktail especially for the event, meaning nobody will feel left out if Champagne corks start popping. It could even be worth sourcing a photographer for the day who specializes in baby showers to capture all of the special moments. The most important thing to remember however is to tailor the day to suit the woman who's celebrating – and if she likes nothing more in the world than a Sunday pub lunch then why not do that, make the day all about her.