Before Baby loves….The Baby Planners

If you were thinking, “what next?” after your baby shower, or need a helping hand through the minefield of pregnancy and birth? Look no further…two lovely ladies, Simone and Gemma aka The Baby Planners could be just what you’re looking for!

 

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The Baby Planners – a little helping hand along your pregnancy journey and beyond

The Baby Planners are Simone and Gemma, two Nannies with 20 years of experience between them. They have worked with large families, non-traditional families and families from a mixture of different faiths and cultures, as well as with twins and premature babies.

Gemma and Simone realised that using their expertise, knowledge and excellent contacts within the childcare industry they could provide advice and practical help to new parents, as well as save them time, money and energy when it came to researching products and services.

“From pregnancy to birth, through to that first day at school, The Baby Planners can be with you every step of the way. “

By giving you peace of mind that you have made the right choices for your family The Baby Planners ensure that you have a happy, healthy, worry free pregnancy and can relax and enjoy your new baby.

The Baby Planners know that pregnancy can be an exciting yet overwhelming time, from picking an antenatal class to decorating the nursery to deciding on a birth plan. They offer a wide variety of services to help you have a stress free, relaxing pregnancy.

Based in central London but willing to travel, the Baby-Planners can be with you every step of the way.  Take a peek at their packages on www.thebabyplanners.co.uk , check out their blog with tips or follow them on twitter and facebook.

Sounds like the perfect thing after your Before Baby baby shower!

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Cookies and Cream – our sweet new crush…

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here – the newest addition to our baby shower package family, a neutral theme baby shower to satisfy every expectant mum’s cookie cravings!

My poor partner and best friend have had the misfortune to have had to listen to the hours of planning (deliberating over shot glasses and shades of tissue paper) to get this theme just right for weeks now so they’ll be pleased to hear that this baby has finally been born and Cookies and Cream is officially here.

Mostly in response to popular demand, and partly because I just love cookies (and I’m not pregnant so I don’t have an excuse 🙂 ), I knew it was high time to launch another neutral theme. Our take on Cookies and Cream, like Midsummer Tea and Girls Playground has a soft gender indifferent colour scheme. The combination of ivory, tan and chocolate just oozes sophistication and guests won’t be able to detect even a hint of “it’s a boy/girl”- great if you’re keeping baby’s gender under wraps or just want to wait for the surprise.

So what does our Cookies and Cream Baby Shower package include?

• A fantastic cookie buffet bar – think giant gingerbread teddies, oat crunchies, ginger thins, shortbread and choccy dodgers. Cookies are the new pick and mix!

Chocolate Milk Shots with Mikado biscuit straws...alcohol free loveliness
Chocolate Milk Shots with Mikado biscuit straws...alcohol free loveliness

• A beige and ivory candy stripe canopy, plus chocolate and cream coloured paperpoms

Brown paper bags - perfect for filling with leftover cookies
Brown paper bags - perfect for filling with leftover cookies

• Mini oreo ice cream sundaes and self service topping bar with mini marshmallows, chocolate buttons and milk bottles – yum!

• Chocolate milkshakes served in shot glasses with biscuit straws

• Cupcakes (of course!) – we opted for mini cupcakes with Vanilla and Chocolate buttercream

• Our signature homestyle lemonade in mini milk bottles – (no theme would be complete without them!) These ones come with adorable personalized scalloped hang tags made from brown paper and twine

• Brown paper favour bags with heart wooden tags including marshmallow popcorn and other delights.

Expert Blogger Ruth loved our Cookies and Cream shower
Expert Blogger Ruth loved our Cookies and Cream shower and cookie inspired treats!

We were lucky enough to road test our new theme on expert blogger and mum-to-be Ruth Knowles AKA rocknrollerbaby and she was thrilled with our biscuit themed bash! She loved our personal touches and you can read her full review in her award nominated blog.

So what’s next in our bag of baby shower tricks….? We’ve got some top secret games, new props and activities to launch which are exclusive to Before Baby packages so watch this space, and if you like our themes, follow us for more pictures on Facebook and Pinterest. Don’t forget to follow Ruth’s family blog too!

Ruth at her Cookies and Cream baby shower
Ruth at her Cookies and Cream baby shower!

Behind the scenes at the Before Baby Photoshoot….

Behind the scenes

At our latest photoshoot, our models talk baby showers, babies and maternity wear in a boutique café, Betty Blythe in West London.

Our models looking stunning at the Betty Blythe Pantry
Our models looking stunning at the Betty Blythe Pantry - from left Angelica, Amelie, Kelly, Carla, Marie Claire, Petra & Febe

As the girls were beautified by fabulous hair and make up artists Nibras and Sandra we had time for a quick chat (and some cupcake eating) before getting down to some serious posing with our fantastic photographer Loraine Ffrench.

“Women with a bump can still look sexy”

Sipping on a milkshake in a gorgeous little alcove of the underground tea room at Betty Blythe, blonde beauty Petra (below) is wearing a vibrant red dress with fabulous ruched butterfly detail from Pretty Pregnant which is perfect for our fun-loving Girls Playground funfair themed baby shower. Pictured below with our another lovely lady in red, Angelica, the pair clearly show that as Angelica says,“…women with a bump can still look sexy.” Angelica has been to a baby shower before in South Africa, but none quite like our amazingly popular Girls Playground theme baby shower.

Angelica & Petra sip on milkshakes
Angelica & Petra wearing Pretty Pregnant's Imogen Butterfly dress sip on Girls Playground milkshakes

Unsurprisingly, the Girls Playground is model Amelie’s favourite baby shower theme too. Complete with vintage pick and mix bar, popcorn, chocolate fountain, milkshakes or cocktails, it’s perfect for the less traditional girl who’s fun at heart – just like our Amelie! She likes the idea of having a baby shower and she’d definitely want “plenty of games and wouldn’t want to take myself too seriously.”

Star Shower: Amelie in Pretty Pregnant's Short Satin dress
Star Shower: Amelie in Pretty Pregnant's Short Satin dress

Amelie’s gorgeous black satin dress from Pretty Pregnant is perfect for a glamorous Star Shower – our makeover package with canapés and cocktails – she loves her dress so much she said wear it even if she wasn’t pregnant, saying that the Pretty Perfect range is …perfect for women working in the city” stylish and versatile, and certainly a far cry from the mumsy ideas of maternity wear she’d imagined.

Febe is now 7 months pregnant and it suits her – she’s wearing a great outfit for the workplace – a wonderful wrap dress by Pretty Pregnant that  comfortably compliments her growing shape, Luckily for her, she’s escaped the trials of morning sickness and has a wonderfully stress-free pregnancy, and is looking forward to being a mum and bringing in the new year her bundle of joy. Febe was worried that maternity clothes could look frumpy, but we think she looked amazing in this outfit – it’s great for everyday wear or even a Midweek Mini office baby shower.

Carla tucks into our Gender Reveal cake
Carla tucks into our Gender Reveal cake

Just before having a slice of baby blue gender reveal cake, we caught up with model Carla who told us she’d never been to a baby shower before, but likes the idea of having a Spa Shower with pampering for mum and guests to perk up a pregnancy: saying, “it’s nice to have some pampering for Mum – I’d pick one for myself.”

Febe in the Emma Dress - Midweek Mini: office baby shower
Febe in the Emma Dress - Midweek Mini: office baby shower

Baby Shower Afternoon Tea: The perfect dress, the perfect venue

Kelly, says, ‘I love the outfits – there’s so much more choice for women now when it comes to maternity clothes. Well dressed pregnant women look amazing!” She’s a big fan of our Midsummer Tea baby shower, is ideal for a traditional British take on a traditional baby shower, and fits the surroundings at Betty Blythe perfectly.

We’ve also officially found our ideal dress for baby shower afternoon tea – the beautiful Marie Claire wears the stunning Tina dress by Pretty Pregnant below. We absolutely love the botanical print -the fabric perfectly compliments a growing bump and deep emerald hue and floral print go hand in hand with a modern baby shower afternoon tea, and is also available in a coral pink.

The Tina dress- perfect dress for a midsummer's Afternoon Tea in the perfect location - Betty Blythe
Marie Claire wears the Tina dress- the perfect outfit for an Afternoon Tea baby shower in the perfect venue, Betty Blythe

Having successfully found the perfect afternoon tea dress, it’s clear we’ve got a perfect venue for an all year round afternoon tea that even the good old British weather couldn’t ruin.

Hidden in a quiet Brook Green backstreet, the café and private tea room, inspired by Hollywood Starlet Betty Blythe pantry has a wardrobe full of chic dress-up clothes, picnic hampers overflowing with vintage accessories and can host parties of up to sixteen guests – great for a Before Baby shower, hen party or any other special get-together with your nearest and dearest.

 Thanks to the Betty Blythe Pantry, Pretty Pregnant for the dresses worn by Amelie, FebeMarie Claire, and Petra , hair & make up artists Nibras and Sandra Hadi, photographer Loraine Ffrench, Martha Yankey and all of our wonderful models, Carla Khan, Marie Claire, Angelica, Febe, Petra, Kelly & Amelie.