Ultimate Baby Shower

Published July 19, 2012

Putting together a baby shower can be a very daunting task. It’s probably one of the most rewarding functions to organize but there can be a lot of details to attend to. Recently I had the fortunate pleasure of having a sneak peek at a beautiful baby shower here on the north shore. If you are in the process of planning a future shower for someone you know, here are some wonderful ideas for guest gifts and party ideas.

With an established theme in hand and plenty of time to pre-plan the event, this hostess pulled out all the stops for a very lucky mom-to-be. A vintage baby stroller logo was used as the starting point and central theme for the upscale event. Items such as mini crystal strollers, baby chocolates and chandelier votives were found on-line from the United States and shipped to Canada. Once the packages arrived the hostess carefully applied crystals to each item with meticulous care.

Take Me Home, in North Vancouver was very instrumental in sourcing key pieces for the soiree. Storeowner Alison McDonald was able to assist with the theme by sourcing vintage style umbrellas and each guest’s name was applied in crystal initials. Sweet Dream Tees’ owner Deborah Wardell was also involved by applying personalized writing and crystals on many of the shower gift items.

The fabulous event was to take place prior to the guest of honour delivering the baby, however, fate had other plans. As luck would have it mom-to-be went into labour two days before the event but managed to appear on the big day looking radiant as ever with her baby boy in tow.   The hostess, however, was put into a bit of a tailspin with her pre-planned “baby lottery” game. In its place  “Storks Surprise” was substituted where each guest chooses a gift bag and can keep it or trade it for something someone else has chosen. A nice idea for a baby shower.

No detail was left untouched. Beautiful linen napkins imprinted with a black and crystal adorned baby stroller lay at each place setting. Crystal chandeliers were draped over white tablecloths and fine silver cutlery and each place setting was adorned with “cute as a button” miniature soap with white, vintage picture frames displaying each guest’s name.

The day would not be complete without a fabulous cake by Jill Shumka of The Uncommon Cake. Designed beautifully in the shape of a baby bottle and booties it was a perfect way to finish off the joyous occasion.

The secret to this baby shower was all in the details. If you are able to plan ahead and order online you can assemble most of the materials prior to the shower day and be completely prepared without feeling overwhelmed.

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