Baby Shower

Royal Baby Shower

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Our second Royal Baby post has been inspired by all the will she/won’t she going on when it comes to Kate Middleton and a Baby Shower lately. We think it’s unlikely that Kate Middleton will have her own Baby Shower, royal protocol would probably deem it inappropriate but there nothing to stop us dreaming up the perfect royal baby shower for ourselves.

We’ve put together four royal inspired themes to give you some ideas for your own baby shower.

Polka Dots & Pearl

The crown jewels contain many stunning pieces, the most famous of which is probably the Imperial State Crown. As well as having 273 pearls overall, the crown also has many famous gemstones incorporated into it, including Queen Elizabeth’s Pearls.

Pearls are also the birthstone for June so if you have June due date this may be the perfect theme for your baby shower.

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We’ve used pink and white for our theme board but you can use whichever colours you like, pearls look good with everything!

Royal Garden Party

Garden Parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860’s and the Queen currently holds at least 3 each summer.  Why not have your own Garden Party themed baby shower.

We’ve gone with vintage English afternoon tea; rose patterns, cucumber sandwiches, scones with Jam & Cream, dainty cakes and tea sipped from a vintage tea cup.

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Remember you may have to take your party indoors if it rains or you can always have an indoor garden party to start with.

Rushing indoors before you and your paper plate of food both turn soggy happens so often here it should be a national sport!

 

Purple Reign

Apart from the fact that we like the word play and that we’re sat here happily humming the prince song to ourselves, we do actually have a reason for this theme.  Purple has long been the colour associated with Royalty and is still used by the royal family as a ceremonial colour.

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To up the royal factor, mix the crown ideas from our Fit for a… theme board with our Purple Reign theme.

 

Fit for a… Prince or Princess

We’ve picked the crown for our royal motif, undeniably a symbol of royalty.  You can get near enough everything you could possibly want for your baby shower with a crown theme on it. Try a Little Prince or Little Princess theme or incorporate the crown motif into one of our other royal inspired baby shower ideas.

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Contact The Baby Planners to book your perfect Baby Shower now.

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Royal Baby – Maternity Style.

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The moment we heard the announcement about a Royal Baby it was excitement overload here at The Baby Planners HQ. Just think about the possibilities: gorgeous maternity clothes, a   fabulous baby shower, the perfect nursery and then there’s the question we’ve discussed endlessly, What will his/her name be?

We’ve teamed up with a couple of our favourite guest bloggers to bring you a four part series inspired by the Royal Baby. We’re starting with guest blogger Michelle – creator of Keungzai.com, who will show you how to steal Kate’s gorgeous style for your own bump.

                                                 Steal Kate’s Style!

The media is filled with images of Kate Middleton’s style choices and who can blame them; she has pleasantly surprised us with gorgeous pieces by Prabal Gurung, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Temperley London.

But now that she has a (petite!) bump, we are all super-excited at Keungzai HQ to see Kate Middleton’s maternity wardrobe unfold. In the meantime, it’s only right for us to pull together the key looks we think Kate would wear and why:

Look 1:

Keungzai’s Twisted Neck Detail Dress worn with neutral tone accessories, let the dress do the talking.

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Thankfully, Kate is not one to shy away from bold, bright colours. Our Twisted Neck Detail Dress was designed with Kate in mind, featuring a beautiful twisted neckline detail and pleat detail at the waist, the emerald green dress is sure to flatter the Royal’s growing bump while showing off her gorgeous pins. The back is often a neglected area but sometimes one of the sexiest features, this dress features a beautiful cowl neckline on the back to really make the most of your assets.

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the baby planners keungzai royal

 

Better yet, it’s even fabulous worn without a bump so you know you’re purchasing a real investment piece made with luxury micro-modal jersey, crafted and finished in the UK.

 

 

 

 

Look 2:

Keungzai’s Ultra Soft Drape Side Dress, wear with or without a belt depending on your personal style.

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We know Kate likes her classic silhouettes, so our signature Ultra Soft Drape Side Dress is sure to flatter Kate’s new shape bump and beyond. Crafted in a luxury micro-modal jersey in the UK, the dress features a beautiful layered, drape design which allows mums to breastfeed post-birth.

Featuring a removable belt, the dress can be worn loose for a more casual affair or cinched in at the waist (as photo) to create a fitted silhouette. Alternatively, pair with a skinny black waist belt, black heels and chic antique style earrings and you have an outfit fit for a Princess.

 

About Keungzai

The Keungzai collection was created by myself, Michelle Lee. Launched in March 2012, I founded the company due to my own personal futile search for clothes to fit my bump and beyond that suited my style.

Keungzai disregards the idea that maternity clothes are short-lived additions to your wardrobe, instead, Keungzai offers a collection that delivers chic styles in timeless shapes, designed to fit over bump or no bump. A selection of styles double up as nursing wear offering true investment pieces for your wardrobe.

We use premium materials: micro-modal jersey and silks, the pieces are crafted and finished locally in Derbyshire assuring quality and attention to detail. We manufacture in the UK to support the UK Fashion and Textile industry, offering work and nurturing homegrown skills.

 

Tell us what you think about the featured looks, tweet us, ‘like’ us on Facebook, ‘re-pin’ our looks on Pinterest.

View and shop the entire collection at www.keungzai.com.

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Baby Showers by Before Baby

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We’ve featured our own baby showers on here before and while we love throwing a good baby shower if we were having our own showers we wouldn’t want to do it all ourselves.

We’d want someone else to do it for us so we could relax and let someone else do all the work for once. Which is where Before Baby come in. Before Baby are baby shower experts and the people we trust to throw a baby shower as good as The Baby Planners would.

 

 Before Baby specialise in running baby shower parties that are unique, special and that mums-to-be love.

before baby & the baby plannersThey have designed a fantastic range of baby shower packages so that there is something to suit everyone. With a choice of traditional and novel baby shower games, as well as tasty treats and yummy drinks Before Baby are leading the way in elegant, fun British baby showers.


“Baby showers seem to have a reputation for being slightly tacky, embarrassing events that need to be suffered through, rather than enjoyed. We’re changing the face of baby showers by helping mums-­‐to-­‐be celebrate their new arrival doing what women enjoy best: getting pampered, eating yummy things and having a giggle,”
explains Chrystal De’Gale, founder of Before Baby.

 

Before Baby deliver everything to you in the comfort of your own home, so sit back, relax and have fun while they plan and host your perfect baby shower.

One of the things we really love about Before Baby is their Midweek Mini baby showers. Designed for the busy working mum-to-be who wants to celebrate with her work colleagues, Before Baby will throw you a mini shower during the day or before baby & the baby plannersstraight after work. 60 minutes filled with games and treats that fits around your busy schedule; what more could you ask for?

Celebrity’s such as popstar Michelle Heaton (Pretty in Pink shower), presenter Sara Cawood (Little boy Blue shower)  & X factors Stacy Solomon (Girls playground shower) have all had baby showers thrown by Before Baby.

 

Baby shower packages include the following themes:

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Spa Shower

Guests and mum-to-be get pampered with luxurious express spa treatments, afternoon tea served on vintage china, two tasteful games and gift bags for every guest.

 

Star Shower

Mum-to-be and guests will feel like stars with mini make-overs from a professional make-up artist, tiaras, sparkling alcohol free mocktails, canapés, a mini chocolate fountain, plus a selection of games, including celebrity quizzes about your favourite stars or baby shower Stars in Your Eyes karaoke.

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Girl’s Playground

For a bit of nostalgic fun, guests get taken back to their childhood with unlimited fresh cinema style popcorn, vintage pick‐n‐mix sweetie bar, authentic street-vendor style hotdogs, mini donuts with chocolate for dipping and a selection of activities or games like creating custom story books or bump painting.

 

Midsummer Tea

An elegant tea party with eclectic vintage china, delectable tea time treats like scones with jam and cream, a tower of cupcakes, and tea and fresh lemonade. Guests can choose from two traditional activities like a baby trivia quiz or baby-gro decorating.

 

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Colour theme showers to reflect the sex of the new baby with plenty of treats to choose from. Pink or Blue candy striped themed decorations and pink or blue cupcakes plus pink or blue… you get the idea!

 

Cookies & Cream

A delightfully neutral baby shower with a biscuit and ivory colour theme, including cookie style cupcakes, retro pick and mix bar, a selection of cookies in vintage jars, mini ice-creams and toppings plus mini alcohol free drinks such as Irish cream shots to lychee Pina Coladas or milk bottle shakes.

 

before baby & the baby plannersMidweek Minis

The perfect solution for busy working mums who want a shower with their work colleagues during the day or in the evening. Sixty minutes jam‐packed with nibbles, activities and treats.

 

 

Before Baby also have their own exclusive online boutique. Stocked with a range of natural maternity skincare, gifts & essentials for mother & baby, there’s something for every mum-to-be. The Baby Planners particularly like the Before Baby & Beyond gift set: 

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You can find out more information about Before Baby and book your own baby shower on their website

Follow Before Baby on Twitter: @beforebaby

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Read the Before Baby Blog: Before Baby

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DIY Sweet Shop Baby Shower

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        DIY Sweet Shop Baby Shower

As most people know The Baby Planners love a good party, so what else were we to do when Jessica (one of our product testers) said she was pregnant but to throw her a fabulous baby shower.  With a limited budget and a small event space to work with we set about brainstorming ideas until we finally settled on a sweet shop theme.

With so many great party products and cute baby things around to choose from we had to decide what we could splash The Baby Planners sweet shopout on and what we could improvise with and still come up with a great baby shower.

In the end a large portion of our budget went on the candy because who could resist so many childhood favourites, we were literally like kids in a candy store!

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While the sweet shop was a big hit another yummy treat also went over well, our delicious  ice-cream cupcakes. So tasty we contemplated keeping them all to ourselves!

After much searching for sweet themed baby shower decorations and coming up empty handed we decided to make our own. Armed with a onesie template, some candy printed paper and that ever handy sticky-backed plastic (It’s like we’re auditioning for Blue Peter!) we turned out some fantastic themed decorations.

baby shower ceorationsTo link everything together, we made cute toothpick lolly pops to use as cake toppers and added sweet themed paper hearts to plain plates. All of the extras – cups, straws, pick & mix bags and balloons came in pink – Jessica is expecting a girl after all.

Sweet shop decorations

Having hosted and attended a fair amount of Baby Showers we obviously have our favourite shower games. With a small space, two pregnant guests and a mummy-to-be who is only 4 weeks away from her due date! we needed games suitable for everyone. We chose the fun and easy game of pin the dummy on the baby, guess the celebrity baby (well done to Scott – the father-to-be – who was the only person to guess Pinks baby, Willow, correctly, now we all know just how many magazines he’s been reading whilst waiting around at the midwifes!)  Last but not least we played the ever popular smelly nappy game! Due to how realistic melted chocolate in a nappy looks we’ve refrained from posting a picture of the game but we will say that Chocolate Orange still tastes yummy even in a nappy!

Fabric painting

While scouring the internet for party inspiration we came across an idea that we loved. Something everyone could get involved with, decorating onesies. We handed out onesies and fabric pens and told the guests to draw pictures and write messages for the baby, which Jessica and Scott can keep to show their daughter when she’s older.

presents at baby shower

A good part of any baby shower is the present opening. So many cute baby clothes and accessories to coo over.  We decided to use a Moses basket as a present holder and used sweet decorated alphabet letters to spell out the baby’s name across the hood. Being quite a large basket and having a small space we were a bit worried that it wouldn’t fit but as it turned out we needn’t have worried. Not only did it fit but  it wasn’t big enough to hold all the presents! That is one lucky baby.

While we’d love to show you every cute present Jessica received we’d be here all week so we’re going to stick with possibly both the mother and father-to-bes favourite. Our friends over at Maddies Crafts make hand-embroidered onesies and what better present for fooball loving parents than these:

Baby shower onesies

Jessica assures us that her daughter is not wearing a West Ham onesie, while Scott is quite insistent that his daughter is never wearing a Chelsea onesie. I wonder which one will accidently get lost in the wash first?!

Nappy CakeAny one that follows us on twitter may have seen a picture of the surprise we made for Jessica.  With the help of Jessica’s mum – who came to the rescue with safety pins! – we made a nappy cake. A nappy cake is an American idea that’s starting to take off over here in the UK as well. By rolling nappies up and securing them with a crazy amount of elastic bands you can make round tired layers that can then be decorated any way you wish. Jessicas budget didn’t stretch to buying an already made one so we set about making our own – a first for The Baby Planners. We’re feeling pretty pleased with ourselves and Jessica really loved it too.

Group photo.

We’ll leave you with this last photo. Pictured in order are Gemma from The Baby Planners, Jessica, the mother-to-be and Sue, Jessicas mother. We’re all very excited over here at The Baby Planners HQ and can’t wait to share an update with you once Jessica has her baby.

 

 

The  Baby Planners can help with any kind of baby shower you require. From helping with a DIY shower to hiring  you a personal, professional  baby shower organiser who will take care of every little detail. Contact us now for your free 30 minute consultation.

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