California Dreaming…of having a Kourtney Kardashian Style Second Baby Shower

We have to admit,we were a tad disappointed when Kourtney Kardashian held a present free,

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and baby Mason at Kourtney’s second baby shower

game free baby shower a fortnight ago. So we were very happy that our faith in Kardashian extravagance was restored at her second baby shower last week. Yes, SECOND baby shower.

In California where the sun shines, money flows, and

Kourtney Kardashian at her second baby shower last week

pregnancies are always perfect, it didn’t at all seem extravagant for Kourtney to have a second (arguably superior) shower, that truly outdid the first in every way.

This time planned by her sisters, with a 90 strong guest list of friends and family, guests arrived to pink and white decorationsa traditional pink party for her impending baby girl in a colour scheme akin to our Pretty in Pink Baby Shower, enjoyed by Michelle Heaton & celebrity guests Katie Price & Sian Welby. Not only that, Kourtney’s guests  dined on sandwiches and sushi, played games, entered with piles of gifts, and left with favour bags full of goodies. A pretty good party in our opinion, but seriously, two baby showers in a fortnight? Only in California…! But as they would say in humble (?) Essex English – we have to admit we’re well jel.

Thinking Pink for your Baby Shower with star style? Then you’ve got loads of options to help you celebrate your new 

baby girl like a celebrity:

  •  a pink afternoon tea style baby shower as enjoyed by  Victoria Beckham – a bespoke variation on our Midsummer Tea, with teatime treats served on a mixture of pink vintage china
  • a Pretty in Pink baby shower like Michelle Heaton with candy stripe canopy and colour coordinated pick and mix sweetie bar
  • a pink Midweek Mini baby shower, as seen in the Daily Mirror ‘s Celebs on Sunday magazine – with cupcakes and cocktails
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Baby Showers: Once is fine…but is twice a crime?

 With the fantastic news of yummy mummy Kourtney Kardashian getting ready for another addition to the family, we’re eager to see she’ll negotiate the most controversial of baby shower conundrums: will she have a shower for baby number two?

 In some circles, it’s a question of etiquette – it seems when it comes to baby showers that once is fine, but twice is a crime. In celebville, where money is plentiful and parties are thrown for the drop of a hat, there’s no problem with a little extravagance and fanfare to celebrate a second, but in everyday life, should you be bringing in the new birth with bells on again?

There’s no doubt, every new baby is a blessing, and deserves to be celebrated. And in some cases, there is often a reason that might seem to makes a second baby shower a necessity. There’s nothing lovelier than sharing the joy of the “miracle” babies they never thought they’d ever conceive… celebrating the baby girl she’s been wanting forever to balance out her boys, the excitement of a new birth after a miscarriage or the first child with a new partner. It seems then, it’s not a question of should you or shouldn’t you shower, it’s of just how you shower…

Here are a few tips for showering second/third/or even fourth time mums to be…

  • Hold a Baby Sprinkle – a US name for a baby shower where mum to be receives essentials such as nappies and wipes.  Simply perfecting the gift list or emphasizing that presents aren’t the emphasis will make it feel less tacky, and event the most seasoned mum veterans must have something they need to replace…new feeding bottles, dummies or even money towards a double buggy will not go unappreciated. If the baby is a different gender to the first child, then new clothes may also be welcomed.
  • Hold a Baby Shower for charity – follow the likes of Alyssa Milano and Jessica Alba and give back to those less fortunate to a charity of your choice. This is not just for celebs…it’s a wonderful way to celebrate your birth whilst helping others.
  • Gender reveal cake
    For something different try a gender reveal party with cake...

    Hold a Gender Reveal party –  time for something a little bit different…–with number two
    it’s always interesting to see if mum will balance the brood with a baby of the opposite sex or have another of the same gender. Give guests something to wonder about by keeping the sex of the baby secret until the shower, or even finding a way to keep it from mum to be and revealing with a cake cutting at the ceremony. With our gender reveal cakes, when the cake is cut, the colour of the frosting or sponge will reveal the sex of your baby to your expectant guests! Invite your guests for cake and cocktails, bet on the sex before the reveal and brainstorm about baby names if you like!

  • Hold a Sip and See – what’s that you may ask? Originating in the Southern US of A, a baby shower after the birth is a common event, where friends and family gather to sip champagne (when mum can finally enjoy it) and loved ones can see the new baby (get it…. sip and see?) A baby shower does not have to be before baby…it can be after baby too, and this way mum gets all the visits out of the way in one go, leaving her time to get on with the other joys (?) of motherhood. Remember though that this should be done when mum is really ready, and is happy that baby won’t feel exposed to germs from visitors etc, and this is great as mum for mums that don’t want to celebrate until baby is safely delivered and in their arms at home.
  • Hold a Mum Shower – although baby showers are meant to be about mum, often she gets forgotten…bring a bit of much needed glitz and glamour into her life with a pampering spa shower or makeover Star Shower with her nearest and dearest at the shower and ensure gifts are only for mum-to-be, not baby. Feeling generous? You could even take it a step further and get dad to be a gift too.
  • Don’t be afraid to cut out the convention – swap the traditional trademarks of a shower: e.g. giftlists, games, and girl-only guestlists in favour of activities at the shower and involving daddy, menfriends and kids. Ensure guests don’t feel expected to contribute with presents but just are coming to join in the celebration. Hold fun activities that all can get involved in….thus keeping it low key, low cost and family focused… We love patchwork quilting, bump and face painting, for a relaxed shower with kids, and storybook making or babygro decorating for co-ed showers. For theme, our Girls Playground shower isn’t just for the girls, with colourful funfair theme, strictly non-girly invitations and decorations it ‘s both fun and accessible for anyone that’s just a big or little kid at heart.

Jessica Simpson’s Kid Friendly Pink & Yellow Baby Shower

Jessica Simpson at her baby shower
Jessica Simpson at her baby shower

This week, singer and mum-to-be Jessica Simpson welcomed her impending new arrival with a “dream” pink and yellow baby shower.

Stars including Jessica Alba, sister Ashlee, and Grays Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo joined Jessica and family and their children joined together to welcome a new baby girl. Jess’s baby shower planners jazzed up a traditional pink baby shower with accents of yellow, reportedly having beautiful yellow tulips and balloons. Jess wore a baby blue dress to celebrate  the pregnancy curves that she recently showed off nude on the cover of US Elle magazine, and tweeted about her happiness about her “dream” baby shower.

Dream showers aren’t just for celebs, and here at Before Baby we like a bit of the non-traditional, so if you’re thinking of having a baby shower and want something a little different, why not opt for our red candy stripe funfair theme Girls Playground shower (we’re running one for a certain celebrity mum-t0-be next week), or our latest new addition, Cookies & Milk Midweek Mini Shower. Both parties both have neutral colour schemes, and offer a bit of a change from your traditional blue or pink themed shower.  They’re perfect if you don’t know the sex of baby, and even if you do, your guests will love to fill up on mini ice creams or funfair inspired delights from our hot dog stand and pick and mix bar. Plus, just like Jess, our shower games are great for big girls as well as little girls and boys, and can be tailoured to meet your exact guests requirements including special kids party bags and even petite afternoon teasets. We guarantee our yummy menus & nostalgic nibbles will go down a treat with young and old so that everyone can join in the party….

Before Baby's Family-friendly baby shower fun
Before Baby's Family-friendly baby shower fun

Read more about Before Baby’s celebrity showers or book yourself a dream celeb style baby shower today!

Perfectly personal baby showers…

In the last few weeks we were lucky enough to be offered a glimpse into the worlds of the two baby showers of actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was lucky enough to have two baby showers!
Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was lucky enough to have two baby showers!

Her first bump bash was a lavish, yet traditional ‘godh bharai’ , fit for a Bollywood princess complete with bouquets of white flowers, with a source saying that host, mother in law Jaya “… planned everything down to the last detail – from the menu to what her bahu  wore, to the jewellery, singing and dancing” to ensure a perfect baby shower for Aishwarya. On the other hand, later this week she had a second low key affair with her nearest and dearest friends and family, including men, and was reportedly far less grand and paparazzi free. Mum to be Bachchan seemed happy at both and tweeted of her showers that they were “full of meaning and solemnity and love”.

It seems the two baby showers could not have been further apart, but both were equally special for mum to be, with her hosts placing a clear emphasis on the tiny details that made it personal  from flowers to a South Indian menu and music, proving there are so many ways to make a baby shower personal and perfect….

 Here are a few tips on creating a perfectly personalised baby shower:

  • Make sure you put together a guest list that includes everyone mum-to-be would like to attend, friends, her and her partner’s family, work colleagues, even friends in far away places, perhaps even her partner or male guests…Be sure to give them plenty of time and ways (e.g. text, email) to RSVP to allow as many guests as possible to attend.
  • What’s mum to be’s favourite cupake flavour…is she a Red Velvet vixen or lemon and lavender lady? Make sure the cakes suit her tastes.
  • What’s mum to be’s craving of choice: organize a basket of Twister lollipops (my craving of choice) or cheese sandwiches – if she has a weird and wonderful craving, why not make all your guests share them all!
  • Does she like pampering? Is she a glamorous girl? Is she feeling fed up and frumpy and needs a pregnancy pick me up? –Then a makeover, manicure or massage should do the trick. Choose from our Star Shower with makeovers or Spa shower including a massage or spa treatments could just do the trick, and includes treatments for guests too!
  • Is mum to be having a girl or a boy? Plan your theme to suit such as a Pretty in Pink or Little Boy Blue baby shower and ensure the decorations are personalized to suit mum-to-be or baby’s name – cupcake flags, banners and sashes – it’s the little things that make a difference.
  • Will she mind a glass of champagne or is she steering clear of alcohol till after the big day? If so, plan a fabulous list of non-alcoholic cocktails or bubbly. We provide everything from mojitos to manhattans with taste-alike spirits that will leave mum to be drunk on fun!
  • Know some key details about mum to be’s pregnancy – include them in your baby shower games and incorporate them into the decorations.
  • Have fun with personalized gifts and tributes – my best friend surprised me with a scrapbook of my journey through pregnancy with comments from my friends on my cravings, memories and much more – it was the best present and moved me to tears! Alternatively, if you’re time pressed, get all the guests to write a message for mum-to-be and baby send it to her in one of our gorgeous photobooks with photos from the baby shower.
  • What kind of gameswould she and her guests like – if mum-to-be’s easily embarrassed steer clear of belly painting but if she’s no wallflower go for something like baby shower stars in her eyes to bring out the karaoke queen in her.

    Guests arriving at Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's baby shower
    Guests arriving at Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's baby shower

Want a star style baby shower?

Before Baby provide themed baby showers worthy of the stars at home or work, including cupcakes, cocktails and specialize in personalized touches in your theme, baby shower games, decorations, , invitations and favours and mixing and matching to create the perfect bespoke package for mum-to-be.

Baby Showers: Once is fine…but is twice a crime?

 With the fantastic news of yummy mummy Kourtney Kardashian getting ready for another addition to the family, we’re eager to see she’ll negotiate the most controversial of baby shower conundrums: will she have a shower for baby number two?

 In some circles, it’s a question of etiquette – it seems when it comes to baby showers that once is fine, but twice is a crime. In celebville, where money is plentiful and parties are thrown for the drop of a hat, there’s no problem with a little extravagance and fanfare to celebrate a second, but in everyday life, should you be bringing in the new birth with bells on again?

There’s no doubt, every new baby is a blessing, and deserves to be celebrated. And in some cases, there is often a reason that might seem to makes a second baby shower a necessity. There’s nothing lovelier than sharing the joy of the “miracle” babies they never thought they’d ever conceive… celebrating the baby girl she’s been wanting forever to balance out her boys, the excitement of a new birth after a miscarriage or the first child with a new partner. It seems then, it’s not a question of should you or shouldn’t you shower, it’s of just how you shower…

Here are a few tips for showering second/third/or even fourth time mums to be…

  • Hold a Baby Sprinkle – a US name for a baby shower where mum to be receives essentials such as nappies and wipes.  Simply perfecting the gift list or emphasizing that presents aren’t the emphasis will make it feel less tacky, and event the most seasoned mum veterans must have something they need to replace…new feeding bottles, dummies or even money towards a double buggy will not go unappreciated. If the baby is a different gender to the first child, then new clothes may also be welcomed.
  • Hold a Baby Shower for charity – follow the likes of Alyssa Milano and Jessica Alba and give back to those less fortunate to a charity of your choice. This is not just for celebs…it’s a wonderful way to celebrate your birth whilst helping others.
  • Gender reveal cake
    For something different try a gender reveal party with cake...

    Hold a Gender Reveal party –  time for something a little bit different…–with number two
    it’s always interesting to see if mum will balance the brood with a baby of the opposite sex or have another of the same gender. Give guests something to wonder about by keeping the sex of the baby secret until the shower, or even finding a way to keep it from mum to be and revealing with a cake cutting at the ceremony. With our gender reveal cakes, when the cake is cut, the colour of the frosting or sponge will reveal the sex of your baby to your expectant guests! Invite your guests for cake and cocktails, bet on the sex before the reveal and brainstorm about baby names if you like!

  • Hold a Sip and See – what’s that you may ask? Originating in the Southern US of A, a baby shower after the birth is a common event, where friends and family gather to sip champagne (when mum can finally enjoy it) and loved ones can see the new baby (get it…. sip and see?) A baby shower does not have to be before baby…it can be after baby too, and this way mum gets all the visits out of the way in one go, leaving her time to get on with the other joys (?) of motherhood. Remember though that this should be done when mum is really ready, and is happy that baby won’t feel exposed to germs from visitors etc, and this is great as mum for mums that don’t want to celebrate until baby is safely delivered and in their arms at home.
  • Hold a Mum Shower – although baby showers are meant to be about mum, often she gets forgotten…bring a bit of much needed glitz and glamour into her life with a pampering spa shower or makeover Star Shower with her nearest and dearest at the shower and ensure gifts are only for mum-to-be, not baby. Feeling generous? You could even take it a step further and get dad to be a gift too.
  • Don’t be afraid to cut out the convention – swap the traditional trademarks of a shower: e.g. giftlists, games, and girl-only guestlists in favour of activities at the shower and involving daddy, menfriends and kids. Ensure guests don’t feel expected to contribute with presents but just are coming to join in the celebration. Hold fun activities that all can get involved in….thus keeping it low key, low cost and family focused… We love patchwork quilting, bump and face painting, for a relaxed shower with kids, and storybook making or babygro decorating for co-ed showers. For theme, our Girls Playground shower isn’t just for the girls, with colourful funfair theme, strictly non-girly invitations and decorations it ‘s both fun and accessible for anyone that’s just a big or little kid at heart.

Alcohol at a baby shower? When less may definitely be more…

Mel B's 2007 baby shower - complete with strippers(?) and champagne....
Mel B's 2007 baby shower - complete with strippers(?) and champagne....a step too far?

Every aspect of holding the perfect baby shower requires planning and thought to ensure your menu, guestlist, and games and decorations provide the best party for mum–to be. And the drinks menu is no exception.

As seen at the star-studded baby shower bashes of Mel B and the like,  it’s common for mums and guests to have a little alcohol at a baby shower,  but if you are inviting your guests to have a drink there’s a fine balance to be achieved. There’s nothing worse than being tee-total by pregnancy induced-force and glumly watching all your friends get trolleyed whilst sipping sparkling water and pretending to enjoy it. Remember, it’s not a night of drunken debauchery, (that was/will be the hen party!) it’s a civilized girly giggle so no matter how relieved you feel by pulling off a great party, keep the drinks to a minimum and replace booze with fun and games for maximum enjoyment.

Let it be known that few pregnant women who choose not to drink will depise their friends having a tipple, having had months to get used to it most mums-to be won’t give you daggers for having the odd glass of wine in their presence provided there’s a good selection of drinks to choose from for them and guests that decide not to drink.

For some, a party just won’t be the same without a welcome glass of wine to break the ice and kickstart the mingling, and it often helps to add a bit of spice to the baby shower antics – the most ridiculous baby shower forfeits seem to come a lot easier after a cupcake and a cocktail! But too many drinks can ruin even the most perfectly planned atmosphere too…causing embarrassment and memories we’d prefer to forget (like a bad family Christmas dinner or office party), a baby shower is not exempt from the curse of too much alcohol, and could leave you and your guests hiding their faces in shame from your facebook friends, mum-to-be’s family, and twitter followers…

So there can be a place in every baby shower for a celebratory tipple if mum to be permits but keep the hard stuff to a minimum and above all, no drinking games. A single glass of bubbly for guests (and mum) to toast the new arrival are are a lovely touch, with a round of pink champagne resting safely at the top of the list of must haves at baby showers – but if you’re planning the shower, do check mum to be is drinking at all so she can share in the toast, otherwise hold the celebratory drinks till after the birth, and ensure you have enough alternatives so as not to alienate mum or any other guests that choose the alcohol free route.

To play it safe with mocktails and non alcoholic wine, here are two recipe recommendations for our favourite mocktails for good, clean fun:

  • Strawberries and cream pina colada – a pink delight! Add fresh strawberries to pineapple juice, and coconut milk in a blender with crushed ice. Top with whipped cream and garnish with half a fresh strawberry. You won’t even miss the rum, we promise!
  • Mojito Mocktail – Muddle fresh mint, lime & brown cane sugar in a pestle and mortar,then add soda water and serve over ice. Perfect for a sin-free summer shower.

Before Baby provide a selection of  baby shower packages all including games and non-alcoholic wines, cocktails and spirits, from mojitos to manhattans, and even shots that taste so close to the real thing they’ll have mum wondering if she ever needs real alcohol again. We can even provide your very own shot girl to dish out taste-alike alcohol free shots.  Just have your own stash of bubbly, wines or spirits on hand if you wish to have alcohol to cater for everyone’s needs.

On life, love and a good old girly get together!

Went to a screening of the ever classic chickflick Thelma and Louise yesterday at the Film4 Summer Screen at London’s beautiful Somerset House, on a rare baby free occasion with my BFF’s.

Snuggling under blankets, popcorn and wine at the ready in the open air, it suddenly struck me of the value of a good old-fashioned girly get together and the empowerment and happiness only a night with your bestest girlfriends can bring. Strictly partner/boyfriend/husband-free, we chatted uninhibitidly about love, life, and London under the stars and watched a tale about a roadtrip and friendship and everything in between.

Struck with movie nostaligia, it rang home how much unacknowledged therapeutic value there is for mum-to-be and her friends in that last real giggle at her baby shower before she heads off full speed ahead on a journey into a strange and overwhelming world of nappy changes, sleepless nights and permanently distracted conversation.

Pregnancy can be a strange time for friendships – motherhood even more testing so it helps even the most prepared of us to know that you’ve got your good old girls with you every step of the way, holding your hand. So I thought I’d post today simply to celebrate the sheer wonderfulness of that final get-together with the girls at a baby shower. For all the anti-baby showerists out there (of which surprisingly there are a few!) it’s really not about showering mum-to-be with babygros and bibs – it’s about showering her with love and support, with fun and a few games thrown in for good measure.

Aside from giving gifts and eating wonderful cupcakes it’s one last chance to remind mum that she’s not alone on her journey, her friends will be there with support and advice,  (and perhaps a bit of a sing song and laughter), right by her side as she plunges off that cliff of no return into the wonderful but scary world of motherhood. Now, i’m not much of a sentamentalist (just ask my best friend!), but here’s a virtual toast to girls and giggles and the fabulousness of family and friendship, shown at it’s best at baby showers.

Chrystal x