It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

DSC_0701So we’ve got a Christmas cracker of a deal in store for you! Today we are pleased to launch our new seasonal theme: the Christmas Baby Shower.

If you or a special mum to be is expecting a new arrival in the festive season, our unique Christmas themed baby shower could be just what you’re looking for. This package, exclusive to Before Baby is what we have affectionately termed out “winter wonderland on wheels”- as we’ve laid out a Yuletide extravaganza on our new vintage Victorian party cart. Candy canes, gingerbread, cinnamon popcorn, Stollen, gourmet Christmas cupcakes and minced pies with vanilla cream are just for starters, not to mention a festive inspired sandwich selection (turkey & cranberry sauce rolls anyone?) alcohol free bucks fizz and sweeties galore styled in gorgeous vintage bottles.

Complete with holly and ivy decoration and bunting, alcohol free mulled wine in custom bottles with stripy straws (because we seriously cannot get enough of these!) and Christmas themed gift favour bags full of treats for each guest there’s probably just one thing missing: stocking-fulls of fun – so of course we haven’t forgotten to include 2 baby shower games and a warm up (with a Christmas twist of course).

And because it’s the festive season, we thought we’d spread a little Christmas cheer with a starting price of just £295 for 10 guests at weekend and £255 for parties taking place from Monday to Thursday! There’s very little availability for this one so check it out online now!

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In honour of dads & dads to be…

Grammer’s Boss co-stars Kathleen Robertson, Sanaa Lathan, Jonathan Groff and Hannah Ware at Kayte Grammers baby shower
Kelsey Grammer’s Boss co-stars Kathleen Robertson, Sanaa Lathan, Jonathan Groff and Hannah Ware at Kayte Grammer’s baby shower a few days ago

As it was Fathers day yesterday, what better way to celebrate great dads and dads to be by taking a sneaky peek into the lives of some fabulous expectant celeb fathers at their baby showers.

Recently we’ve seen celebrity fathers splashing the cash to celebrate their new arrivals and organizing and hosting extravagant baby showers for their partners, a role usually reserved for mums, aunties and best friends.

This week, former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer organized a beer-filled baby shower bash for fourth wife Kayte Grammer in a Chicago bar. Guests had mocktails and champagne Not only did he organize the shower, he even indulged in baby shower games with guests.

“Kelsey and Kayte were so cute together–he helped her open every gift!” “He was by her side the entire time. He was totally into it, everyone seemed like a big cute family.” a source said.

Just a month ago, we also saw dad Scott Disick throw second time mum-to-be Kourtney Kardashian one of two baby showers in an upmarket restaurant in NYC, who partied with guests (then disappeared to drink beer at the bar with mates!). Could this be a new dad-to-be trend? Admittedly, every man isn’t the baby shower type but it’s great to see dads-to-be spoiling the ladies in their lives and so excited about their future bundles of joy!

We hope all you new dads and wonderful dads-to-be had a lovely day yesterday, and for those dads thinking of showering a soon to be mummy with baby shower love (I mean, it’s only right she gets of pampering since she has to experience the pain of childbirth soon!), logon to www.beforebaby.co.uk where we’ve got tons of ways that you can celebrate a new arrival, with complete party packages for the lady in your life at home or work from just £14.99pp…

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!