I’ve never been to a baby shower until recently and apparently there are rules about organising them: the main one being someone else has to organise it, preferably a female family member or friend.
Well, screw it. I’m a control freak, so I decided I wanted to organise my own with lots of help from friend Cat.
We picked out a yellow, grey and white colour scheme to go with the bee motif, created a Facebook event to send out invitations (cuz we’re totally new age yo!) at least a month early as it’s turning out to be a busy time of year for everyone.
To keep things on the cheap, Cat and I made a bunch of things to decorate the backyard of our apartment block. Above is a piece of board I got at a craft store, cut to size of an old picture frame I had lying around and painted with black chalkboard paint to help direct people to the party. Cat also made paper bunting from scrapbooking paper and tissue pom poms that’ll go up on the wall above the baby’s dresser/change table.
Choosing what to serve for afternoon tea was the hardest part of the planning. We opted for easy finger foods in bite-sized portions with lots of vegetarian options, most of which were homemade.
|Afternoon Tea Menu
Iced tea (Lupicia’s Supergrade Momo green tea with fresh peach bits)
Iced water with citrus slices
Vegetables sticks (carrot, celery, peppers) with hummus and beetroot dip
Fruit platter (melon, grapes and pineapple)
Mixed salted roasted nuts
Chilli and lime soy crisps
Frittata: pumpkin, spinach, carmelised onion and pine nuts (V)
Mini sausage rolls (provided by Mel Stevens)
Falafel balls with mint yoghurt sauce and tahini sauce
Bruchetta (V) with cherry tomatoes and boccacini
Lemon cupcakes with lemon and vanilla icing
Cat and her sister also spent all night the night before making a surprise for us. They made and decorated these lemon cupcakes themselves and everyone loved them! I couldn’t have any, cuz of my gestational diabetes and I wish I had thought to freeze one for later. But I still loved them!
Image by Cat Forrester
We invited people to play two games to win prizes. One was baby bingo – players got a random bingo card of words associated with babies and baby presents (eg. rattle, onesie, book, diaper). Then I would open everyone’s gifts and they can strike off any words that apply to the gift until they get a whole row and yell ‘bingo!’. The winner got a bottle of 2012 Pinot Grigio from Samuel’s Gorge, one of our favourite wineries in McClaren Vale (and Australia). Here are the gifts we received – we were floored by how thoughtful and adorable everyone was with these, especially as almost all of them haven’t had kids of their own yet and probably had a hard time picking something out.
The other game was guessing my waist with a piece of string. Anyone who wanted to play had to cut out a length of string that they thought was the circumference of the widest part of my belly.
EVERYONE guessed much too big (some were almost a metre too long), which was a hoot! The two who came closest were the SO’s mum (cuz she knows my normal dress size and how much weight I’ve put on) and Dave, one of the SO’s best friend who is pretty good with his spatial awareness. Dave won by one inch. The prize was this tower of Ferroro Rocher I hotglued together with 4 boxes of the chocolates. It took me awhile to make the Ferror Rocher tower, but it was totally worth it. Doesn’t it look a little like a golden bee hive?
And lastly we had onesies and bibs people could decorate.
I picked up an assortment of onesies in various sizes from Best and Less at 3 for $10. The bibs were $10 for 10 – a real bargain if you’re looking to clothe a baby on the cheap.
I also prepped a few fabric squares with double-sided fusing, fabric markers, set up some embroidery threads with needles and printed out some templates to help anyone in need of inspiration. I was surprised how into the activity everyone got and these were the finished ones people did up.
Despite the work involved in pulling the occasion together, I’m really glad we decided to have a baby shower and celebrated the upcoming addition of our little one to the circle of family and friends we are so lucky to have.
If you had or have attended a baby shower, what made it memorable?