So, you’re the baby shower host.. now what?

How lovely (and, maybe a little bit daunting); you’ve been entrusted with the task of hosting a beautiful baby shower for a beloved mum-to-be. You might be feeling a little overwhelmed if you’ve just started the planning process but don’t worry, it’s time to get the troops on board, then you’ll be able to plan something really lovely together. The following are some tips, ideas, and advice for those who want the baby shower they’re hosting to go seamlessly, and be as enjoyable as possible (without inducing labour in the guest of honour!)

baby shower

Presents And Gifting

Ask and see if the expectant mother wants or needs anything specific for her new baby. Try and put together a gift list to send around to the guests; this will enable each person to tick something off the list, and they’ll be no doubling up on presents. If you are part of a close friendship or family group, you could put your money together to create a hamper full of essentials, or the main gift that perhaps the new parents have been unable to afford. Don’t go buying any designer cots or prams, without asking the mum or dad-to-be what they already have. Personalised items are another way to give the new mama something special that she and her child can appreciate forever; embroidered blankets, or art for the nursery, will make a functional gift, and be a sentimental surprise. Just try to remember that the thought put into it is the most important thing.

Send Out Those Invites

Sort out a time and a venue as soon as possible, and make sure it’s around a month or six weeks before the baby is due to arrive (leaving it too close to the due date is a risky move). The best time for a shower is around lunchtime or early afternoon; this will ensure the guest of honour won’t be too tired, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy any food, drink, and nibbles. If you’re planning a surprise for the future mama, then make sure you state that on your invitations; you don’t want anyone to let the exciting news slip. There are loads of invitation design ideas online, so it’s worth taking a look for a bit of inspiration.

Food, Nibbles, And Treats

The sweet treats at the shower can easily reflect the colour palette and theme of the event; coloured icing, sprinkles and cake toppers are all excellent ways to incorporate your chosen shades. A buffet style offering is a relaxed and informal way to feed the guests and gives everybody the chance to bring a dish to the party. By involving the guests in providing the food, you’ll save yourself precious time and money.

baby shower cakes

Any time and effort that you put into hosting a baby shower will be appreciated by the expectant mother for the years ahead. You’ll be helping her to make lasting, lovely memories, and getting everyone excited for the new arrival.

The Run Up To Halloween

I love Autumn. When it first starts sneaking up on us at some point in September though I despise it, I want it to go away because I desperately want to hold on to Summer for that bit longer…. the thought of cold weather and early, dark evenings aren’t appealing when we’re still in flip flops!!

It’s a little bit like grieving I guess when the summer leaves us, taking with it all those fun, happy memories of long sunny days and watching our children playing in the garden until bedtime.

Autumn is an amazingly pretty season, the transition of Summer to Winter…. the older I get the more I appreciate the month of October and the witnessing of all these wonderful changes of nature. I am blown away by the colours of the leaves on the trees, how diverse they all look, each tree lined in a row a different shade of brown, orange or red to the next. The scattered leaves blowing around the road, collecting in the curb, teasing and reminding us that the cold weather is imminent.

Autumn- Fall colors

Photo Credit: Mirielle Bastiaans

It’s quite exciting too once Autumn gets into full swing. There is so much going on. We look forward to the main events which of course are Halloween, Bonfire Night and then Christmas. But children celebrate other festivals at school like Harvest and religious festivals from different faiths.

My Teens birthday is immediately after Halloween so I’m mainly focused on that this time of year, thinking about and organising his parties have always been at the forefront of my mind round about now. Not so much these days because he’s older and gone are the days of big parties with 30 kids to sort out so Halloween has become a little more prominent.

I don’t remember taking my Teen trick or treating when he was very young. I think Halloween has grown so much as an ‘occasion’ over the past decade and beyond all recognition since I was a child. We didn’t celebrate it at all really, although I do remember ‘bigger kids’ calling round, wearing costumes but it wasn’t much at all. Or maybe that was bonfire night because kids used to knock on the door with an effigy of Guy Faulks and say “penny for the guy?”…. does anyone else remember this? Doesn’t happen now, well not where I live anyway!

I remember Halloween being talked about as a spooky event, my mum used to say it was about ghosts and gouls and witches being burned to death. I didn’t question that but I remember being slightly creeped out on Halloween night!

Halloween is massive nowadays. It’s a big deal to kids, they want to go the whole hog – costumes, make up, parties, decorations and trick or treating!

This year we have been invited to a couple of Halloween parties – we had to turn down two invites…. unbelievable really, seems like everyone wants to host a Halloween party these days. My Teen organises his own trick or treating so I will leave him to it, he will meet up with mates and cause havoc somewhere I expect. My twins are too small to worry so my main concern will be my Girl.

We have decided to kick things off with a party early in the day at her best friends house, her younger siblings are the same age as my twins so all my children will have lots of fun. My girl is then invited to another party, a friend from school, who has hired a hall. From there she is going to another friends to trick or treat!! Should be fab, she’s going to have a great day and night! I have a costume on order for her – a Morphsuit… you know those all over lycra things, it’s a skeleton! Don’t ask. (hope it arrives in time).

I have to say I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my twins will want to get into the spirit of it this year (pardon the pun!!) because last year it was a complete waste of time.

Last year I took my twins out to let them pick a Halloween costume, which they did; cute little dracula ones. But on the day they refused to put them on. They were actually SCARED of them!! They were scared of their own costumes that THEY picked!! We were supposed to go to a party but I had to leave them at home with OH and go on my own with my girl! They made me wash my own skeleton make up off (which looked fab I have to say so I wasn’t pleased about that). They were terrified of the pumpkin once it was carved and I had to put a stop to anyone calling round trick or treating!!! Not fun.

They were only three years old then though, bless them, this year they seem to be looking forward to it. I hope so…

We will have to wait and see come Thursday.

Birthday Party Hollywood Glamour

Hollywood kids party

My daughter is very girlie. This past year saw her and her best friend get into the whole make up and hair thing. It was a phase which seems to have faded out slightly now (thank god) but at the time they were FaceTiming each other constantly, doing their Girls World’s hair and make up. They had a collection of makeup, brushes, concealer, powder, glitter…the LOT!

It was hilarious listening to them. I think they had both watched far too many YouTube videos of American kids doing their make up – our girls were talking in American accents the whole time and would start off by saying something like –

*In American Accent* “Hi everybody, and welcome to this make up tutorial, I’m [insert name] and I’m going to show you how to do….. smoky eyes!!” ..and so on! It was too funny!

Anyway, for my daughter’s 8th birthday this year back in June, we decided to give her and her friends the star treatment. We booked a cute kids hairdressing salon that had a party room downstairs decked out like a Hollywood starlets dressing room, just gorgeous and perfect for our little princess…..

little girl hair doneThey got their hair done

little girls make upTheir make-up done

little girls nails doneTheir nails done

party dance movesThey practised their dance moves

DSCF1731Dressed up

dressing up girlsAnd had a fabulous time.

The venue was amazing, as were the ladies involved in hosting it, they really took their time and nothing was too much trouble for them. Happy 8th birthday to my girl x

 

 

 

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