March 29, 2017
The traditional baby shower is a wonderful opportunity for the mother-to-be to relax and enjoy some quality time with her friends and family members before she joins the club of motherhood. It’s also a fabulous chance for everyone to celebrate the impending arrival, ‘showering’ (appropriate for the name) the expectant mother and her little one with love and gifts.
If you’re planning to throw a baby shower, either for yourself, a friend loved one who is expecting, here are our top tips for throwing a luxurious and elegant shower that everyone will remember forever.
All parties work better when there’s a colour scheme set from the beginning. You don’t necessarily have to go with the traditional pink for a girl and blue for a boy – we’ve seen some truly beautiful all-white baby showers, as well as fresh yellow and relaxing green themes that are ideal for someone who hasn’t yet found out the gender of their little one.
Bring in some caterers to ensure that your food is of the highest quality, and consider hiring some entertainment. A pianist or acoustic guitarist can provide some lovely background music while the guests mingle and offer their best wishes to the mother-to-be. If you’re inviting children to the baby shower, provide some kind of entertainment for them so that the adults can enjoy some valuable ‘grown-up’ time together knowing that their little ones are having fun.
Many baby showers feature games such as tasting baby food and trying to guess the flavour, or pinning the nappy on a picture of a baby. We prefer games and activities which have some meaning behind them. Why not provide a selection of white onesies and some fabric pens, and ask all of your loved ones to create a personalised item for the new arrival?
If the parents haven’t yet settled on a name, you could ask each guest to write down their favourite name for a boy and a girl and add to a jar for the expectant mum and dad to peruse when the party is over.
Avoid duplicated gifts with a registry created by the mother-to-be. These can be useful items that will be used after the baby is born, or special gifts that will act as heirlooms and sentimental keepsakes.
Any new mother will tell you that they end up with more clothes and toys than they could possibly use in those first few months after their baby has been born, so it’s best to encourage guests to bring a variety of other gifts – perhaps clothes in larger sizes, treasured books that they’ll one day be able to read, or thoughtful gifts that will remain with the child for life.
Are you planning a baby shower? We’d love to hear about your tips and tricks to ensure it’s a memorable party for all involved!
December 11, 2018
If the festive season didn’t feel exciting and filled with wonder already, along comes your little one and gives you a fresh perspective on what the Christmas season truly means.
Making that first Christmas special can feel overwhelming, you want everything to be picture perfect but you know they’re not going to remember all the fuss.
Gift giving for your newborn is the easy part, after all, you want to spoil them. But we’ve listed below some thoughtful first Christmas presents that will last well beyond this Christmas and go on to be treasured keepsakes in their lives.
November 27, 2018
It’s true what they say - children are the ones that make Christmas special.
With festivities fast approaching, you may be getting overwhelmed in the planning of your baby’s first Christmas. And that’s completely understandable.
After all, as parents, we want to make it perfect for them and create memories that can be looked on in many years to come.
Although your little one will not remember their first Christmas, traditions are a great thing to begin to establish during Christmas, as they can continue year-after-year, and become something that your child cherishes about the festive season when they are older.
To help inspire you, we’ve listed some of the thoughtful traditions you can begin to help your baby’s first Christmas to be magical, in the hope they will last far longer than the real fir tree.
November 13, 2018
As parents, we want to be able to capture all those special moments of our little one's lives. But when you’re not a professional photographer, sometimes capturing those picture perfect moments can be frustrating.
As famous photographer WC Fields once said - “never work with animals or children.”
And when you’re a parent you can understand why. Not only because your model is often a wiggle bum, but also because the lighting might not be great, or you’ve realised you can see the giant pile of ironing in the background.
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