Billie Faiers’ Baby Shower

So many people have been asking about the lovely set up we did for the beautiful Billie Faiers from TOWIE’s baby shower, so we thought we’d share a few pics and behind the scenes details with you…

The mum to be had planned a garden party spectacular, but true to form, the British weather ensured that the party had to take place indoors. We gave Billie a fab dessert table of delights – and our dinky donuts and strawberry shakes certainly went down a treat with Billie, Sam and her guests, and we were thrilled to see a pic of mum-to-be and sister with their shakes in OK! Magazine last week.Image

Guests were treated to customised favour bags with a message from the expectant mum and dad to be with our signature sweet and salty pink marshmallow popcorn.

Billie had wanted something pink and yellow to compliment her old fashioned afternoon tea so we gave her a retro sorbet coloured table with pink lemonade, charming pink favour, shot glass strawberry blancmange desserts and a retro styled pink pick and mix buffet that made it no secret that Billie was expecting a girl. We constructed an arch of satin ribbons as a backdrop for the dessert table. Billie later tweeted us saying “thank you for making my baby shower so beautiful” and the table was featured in OK! Magazine, with photos of mum-to-be looking showing off her bump and glowing in a wonderful white lace minidress, alongside gorgeous sister Sam Faiers, dad Greg and best friend Lucy Mecklenburgh and Fearne McCann and friends and family.

We wish Billie and Greg all the best with their new family and the rest of the pregnancy and to find out more information about our baby shower party packages and bespoke baby shower service visit our website or get in touch with a specialist baby shower party planning consultant!

Billie’s not the first celebrity to receive the Before Baby treatment – you can take a look at our other celeb baby showers from the likes of Stacey Solomon, Michelle Heaton and Sarah Cawood & Imogen Thomas on our site.

 

 

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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!

Garden Party Baby Shower for Kim Kardashian!

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Kim Kardashian’s garden party Baby Shower

It’s the baby shower we’ve all been waiting for….no, not the Duchess’s baby shower! Kim Kardashian’s baby shower of course…and here are all the details…

Kim’s family hosted a beautiful intimate garden party baby shower, with a white colour scheme with floral decoration and an ever so subtle hint of pink (’cause we all know she’s having a girl, even if she won’t say it!) plus delicate hanging floral balls. Guests wore lovely floral headdresses and were suitably attired to match the garden party theme. Kim looked stunning in a floor length Lanvin gown, and was joined by family, friends and fellow celebs Kelly Osbourne and Mel B  and camera-shy dad to be Kanye West even made a reluctant appearance.

Because summer has only just reared it’s head in beautiful Blighty (yay!!!), and let’s be honest, there’s no guarantees that it will last, you can get the outdoor baby shower look, indoors just like Kim with our beautiful afternoon tea Midsummer Tea baby shower, complete with vintage china, rose arch and delicate floral decorations. You can even upgrade and make mum-to-be and guests feel like Grecian goddesses like Kim with spa treatments from professional therapists and make up artists in our Spa Shower package, complete with gorgeous white spa robes for each guest to relax and be pampered in. 

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Guests arriving at Kim’s Baby Shower

And if you just can’t wait to find out how the impending Royal Baby Shower might compare – whizz on over to www.beforebaby.co.uk for a bit of inspiration and a one-time-only deal that will knock your socks off!

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…

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

Baby showers: Strictly No Men Allowed?

Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty and Sarita at the baby shower
Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty and Sarita at the baby shower

It seems like we’re not even fresh from the controversy of the gender reveal party, when we’re already faced with yet another crucial baby shower conundrum: should men be allowed at a baby shower?

Recently we’ve been lucky enough to see the baby showers of two uberglam women, Jessica Simpson and Shilpa Shetty. Just a few days ago, Bollywood bombshell Shilpa, well known on this side of the water for her stint on Celebrity Big Brother 2007, held a stylish, star studded high tea style baby shower, hosted by her sister. The bash was attended by her nearest and dearest but husband Raj Kundra, also put in an appearance.

The proud dad-to-be, tweeted a picture of himself with Shilpa and Sarita, actor R Madhavan’s wife and tweeted, “@ActorMadhavan missing you at the baby shower!! I feel like Krishan Kanaya with so many women :).

Similarly at Jessica Simpson’ baby shower, husband to be Eric, popped in for the gift opening and a few baby snaps.

So should partners, or men in general be allowed at a baby shower? It’s great that couples can share the entire pregnancy together, but surely there are some things that are solely the preserve of women, and surely we don’t all want to be seen dressing up in giant nappies in front of our men-friends? On the other hand it is nice to acknowledge that the menfolk did have a bit of a role in the process!

So before you throw your mixed baby shower bash here’s a few tips you might want to consider:

–       There’s no need to scrap the games and forfeits, but it might be nice to think wisely about your choice of games, just in case female guests don’t feel comfortable miming labour in front of your boyfriend/husband and his giggling pals

–       Don’t just invite dad to be, you can also invite his and your significant mates or male family members too, meaning he doesn’t feel so lonely!

–       Male vs female team games could bring an interesting dynamic to the proceedings. Suddenly the battle of the sexes could get very competitive…

–       Keep it light – steer the sentimentality towards the greetings cards and the private “girls only” moments, or better still….

–       Invite men in at the end of the shower or at appropriate moments. When Before Baby hosted star Michelle Heaton’s Pretty in Pink baby shower, her partner Hugh, boyfriends and husbands were asked to judge one of the baby shower games, then were formally invited in towards the end of the party for nibbles and drinks and mingling.

–       If you’re not going to invite men in, but expect them to wait with the handbags and children, at least drop heavy hints as to a place they can all meet up together for some boy bonding (if they know eachother). Otherwise be mindful of timings at your party so that they are not waiting around to pick up wives and girlfriends after the shower if it over runs.

–       A bit of thought in the present department for dad to be might not go amiss. I mean if mum to be will have stretch mark oil and pampering treats a bottle of champagne that the happy couple can share might be nice too?

–       Finally, understand that men, or partners just might not want to come, and rather to have less guests than unwilling ones! Don’t waste time being offended about it. After all, it just means more cupcakes and the cocktails for you…

Do you want a celebrity style baby shower like Shilpa?

 Before Baby can plan the perfect couples or mixed, or girls only baby shower down to your choice of personalized games and activities run for you by our hostesses, prizes, decorations invitations. You can also have your choice of theme: You can opt for a high tea style baby shower like Shilpa with our Midsummer Afternoon Tea package including vintage crockery hire, or even have a Spa Shower with tea, makeovers or pampering, all held at home, work or in a venue of your choice 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!