The ‘Ultimate Vintage Tea Party’ baby shower…
I feel so lucky to have so many wonderful friends and family.
On Saturday it was my baby shower and my oldest school friend Haley organised the most incredible day for me. Baby showers have only become popular in the UK over the last few years but in the US its something that they make a big deal of and Haley certainly went all out and did an amazing job of organising everything. Haley and I have been friends since we were 9 years old and she really is someone special, so I want to say a big thank you to her…
I love having parties at my house and entertaining at home, so when Haley came up with the idea of a holding vintage tea party in my garden I thought it sounded perfect. There wasn’t one last detail Haley hadn’t thought of. As guests arrived at my house they walked up the black carpet through bay trees and lanterns with gorgeous scented candles from the Ultimate Baby Shower company. They came through in to the back garden and were treated to some freshly made candy floss from ‘SweetnSimple’, as well as a drink of Shloer in an old school bottle with a straw (all colours coordinated with the black, white, lemon and pink and blue colour theme.)
Guests were then met by Chloe Reeves and Nicole James from The Beauty Boutique in Banstead who had set up two massage beds and manicure/pedicure stations so everyone could be treated to a pamper treatment. I had the most incredible leg and foot massage and I know all of the guests felt totally relaxed and pampered by the girls. I can’t wait to go to the salon for a pregnancy massage! Thank you Chloe and Nicole, and everyone else at The Beauty Boutique in Banstead.
In another area of the garden a marquee was decorated beautifully with pom poms, lanterns, and bunting. The area was finished off with some beautiful flowers dotted around in vintage jam jars and bottles. Lisa Maiklem who did all of the flowers for our wedding was responsible for the flowers at my baby shower. She is another very good friend and an extremely talented lady. It looked fab!
As vintage tea dance music played guests tucked in to finger sandwiches, tea, cakes and popcorn, again provided by ‘SweetnSimple’. Their old school carts fitted in with the vintage tea party theme perfectly and I would recommend these guys for any party! My extremely talented mum made a beautiful cake which went down a treat! I really think she missed her vocation…
An idea that I thought was lovely was the wishing tree. This was a little twig tree in the corner of the marquee where guests could write down their tips and well wishes for the new arrival. The messages will go in a keep sake book and they will be really lovely to look back on.
Haley organised some great games too… Guests had to guess the baby food (this didn’t taste so good!), and also build a puzzle of a baby photo and work out who the baby was. The winning team guessed it was my husband Alex and each won a scented candle from the Ultimate Baby Shower.
I got some lovely little presents from friends including ‘Sophie the giraffe’ which seems an incredibly popular toy at the moment, a very cool baby grow from Zoe Lem (my stylist), a brilliant little hand made bench, and some gorgeous Beatrix Potter books from Michelle Heaton. Everyone was so generous.
I didn’t write a gift lift for my baby shower as I really wasn’t expecting presents but it’s probably a good thing to do as it avoids getting any duplicates!
The afternoon finished up around 430pm and everyone was treated to a goody bag with a few of my favourite things – a cosmetic bag and eyelash curlers from Vintage Cosmetics, some face tan from Vita Liberata, a bottle of Shloer and some jelly babies!
I had the most fantastic baby shower and I think everyone had a lovely afternoon. I am so grateful to all my wonderful friends and family who were able to join me.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos from the afternoon and if you are having a baby shower or planning one for a friend please feel free to comment or ask any questions!
Lots of love,