Music to our ears: Baby shower invitations the Kim and Kanye way!

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Kim Kardashian’s musical baby shower invitations

As the world eagerly awaits the royal baby, it appears there could be a celebrity princess on the way in the form of a little girl for reality TV star Kim Kardashian and hip hop artist Kanye West, if their pink baby shower invitations are to go by!

In true Kim K style, Kim’s invitations were out of the ordinary – so we’re guessing it will be no ordinary baby shower! Though the sex of baby is yet to be revealed, the invitations included pink hinting strongly at the baby’s sex, and clearly dad-to-be’s career may have played a key part in their masterminding as the invitations came in music boxes, with spinning ballerinas dancing to Kanye’s song “Hey Mama”. Have a listen!

Unfortunately, Kim and Kanye weren’t the first to to inject a little music into their baby shower invitations – we’ve always loved helping guests make their parties personally unique and their invitations unforgettable. So if you’re looking for a great way to inform your guests of your bump bash, whilst musical spinning boxes may be reserve of celebrities, at Before Baby you can surprise your guests with a personalised online invitation with your own make like “Kimye” and include a video or song directly on your invitation page so guests can be serenaded whilst they reply, or let us host a baby shower karaoke game at the party!

Apart from being uber-flash, it’s a great way to manage your party guestlist as all the RSVP’s can be made online confidentially and fly straight to your inbox and can even include links to your facebook page, wishlist ideas and discounts on our fabulous baby shower gifts, maps to your venue or home and an online message board for comments from your well wishers and to update guests with all the party details. Pages can also include a photo of yourself, or even your scan photo!

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What’s more, a custom themed online invitation page is included completely free of charge with all of our baby shower packages! We also provide beautiful handmade and personalised invitations from just £1.80 per guest too if you’d like to keep it traditional and surprise guests by post.

The baby shower plans have not yet been revealed, but fellow musical mums-to-be Beyonce and Fergie are on the guest list. The party hostesses Kim’s mother Kris Jenner and eldest sisters Kourtney and Khloe have hinted to guests to attend wearing “garden chic” – perhaps a beautiful afternoon tea party is in order to celebrate the summertime new arrival we think… perhaps they’ve had a sneaky peek at our fabulous Midsummer Tea party package for ideas!

For a Kim Kardashian inspired baby shower afternoon tea , check out our Midsummer Tea and Spa Shower packages both including afternoon tea, games, and free personalised online invitation page service.

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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!

Before Baby hosts Stacey Solomon’s Girls Playground Baby Shower!

Stacey Solomon's Girls Playground Baby Shower by Before Baby
Stacey Solomon's Girls Playground Baby Shower by Before Baby

This weekend, Before Baby hosted a surprise baby shower for singer & ‘I’m a Celebrity’ Jungle Queen Stacey Solomon. The  mum of one, who is as renowned for the voice that got her to the X Factor finals as much as for her bubbly Essex charm got together with more than 30 close friends and family for a private baby shower at her home to celebrate her new arrival.

A table of sweet delights!
A table of sweet delights! Candy, cupcakes, lemonade & lollipops!
Stacey had her bump painted by make up artist Nibras as one of our baby shower activities
Stacey had her bump painted by make up artist Nibras as one of our baby shower activities

Stacey’s been determined not to let the sex of her baby slip, so we kept the theme neutral and fun with our exclusive but ever-popular Girls Playground shower  – the funfair themed party was perfect for fun-loving Stacey and her lively friends and family.

Stacey couldn’t hide her surprise as a crowd of her friends and loved ones, balloons, bunting and the aroma of hot fresh popcorn greeted her on arrival, whilst inside, the glowing mum-to-be and guests sipped on our signature Before Baby alcohol free Lynchberg Lemonades in personalized bottles,  as well as had their pick of beautiful red cupcakes by La Tentation and popcorn. A full pick and mix sweetie bar, loaded with marshmallows, candy canes, rock dummies,  and personalized lollipops were there for Stacey and her loved ones to tuck into – a great mid-afternoon pick me up (or should we say sugar rush?) – perfect for providing everyone with a little bit of a boost to kick start the bumper selection of baby shower games we had in store.

A candy shop full of sweet delights, part of our Girls Playground theme package
A pick and mix candy shop, part of our Girls Playground theme package

A traditional baby clothes decorating activity eased guests into the fun, but rest assured in true Before Baby style it soon got very messy (and noisy!) with a naughty but nice obstacle course forcing Stacey & guests to test their motherly skills, speed and agility. Finally, make up artist nibras beautified Stacey’s bump with a beautiful design of a candy stripe cupcake. Stacey was showered with gifts from her loved ones, and was clearly glowing and very excited about her pregnancy .

We’re over the moon that Stacey enjoyed her day so much and wish her, Aaron, Zachary & family the best of luck.

Our baby shower game winners strike a post!
Our baby Shower game winners strike a post!

 If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary for an extraordinarily special mum-to-be, our Girls Playground Baby Shower package is unique to Before Baby and is perfect for the young at heart.  It includes a pick and mix bar, mocktails, fresh hot dogs, hot popcorn and cupcakes, as well as the essential decorations, invitation and favours & games including bump painting or baby clothes decorating run by our team. Prices start from just £14pp

More exclusive photos and videos from Stacey’s baby shower on our Facebook page 

See photos and videos from our other Before Baby theme baby shower packages loved by celebs such as Michelle Heaton & Sarah Cawood on our facebook page.

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!

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.