I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it yet (much!) but I have a new, super tiny nephew. Little Jensen was born 8 weeks premature on the 12th of February. I had planned his Mama’s baby shower for the 11th March but he had other plans and decided he didn’t want to miss out on all the fun! Jensen left the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after 23 days so incredibly, despite being just 4lb 6oz, he made it as guest of honour for the shower. As he is so tiny and vulnerable, he wasn’t up for cuddles with everyone but I did sneak one in before all the girls arrived as I hadn’t been allowed to visit him in the NICU.
For my sister’s last baby we had a Doctor Who themed baby shower (she’s a little bit of a fan). This time I wanted to do an afternoon picnic with a more classic theme so I opted for that British favourite, Beatrix Potter.
Kate lives in a village nestled in the South Downs in Sussex and so there are plenty of cute venues around that are ideal for this type of event. I plumped for a village hall which is almost 100 years old and has a very cosy vintage feel to it whilst having a brilliant kitchen facility and lots of parking.
I kept it simple with a few savoury snacks, a pile of cookies and plenty of Gluten Free treats for our little sister who has coeliac disease. The cookies were super easy to bake with a yummy almond and vanilla flavour. I was going to flood each one with icing but ran out of time so just piped a little edging instead.
One of the other girls brought a platter of lemon muffins and my wonderful Mum also pitched in to help with the catering.
Setting the scene were jugs of fresh flowers, some little Beatrix Potter illustrations as table topper cards and a few extra props such as the great baby blue mini trowels and a potted lavender watering can! I also grabbed some terracotta pots that I was given by my sister as a new home present a few years ago – it is handy how you can make use of all sorts from around the house for table dressing. To keep the pretty, light, traditional garden theme going, I also used two glass candlestick holders and some matching glass tealight holders – you can never have too many candles. Aren’t the pale green turquoisey candles lovely? Well done Ikea!
To make it all a little extra special, I designed some personalised napkin rings that incorporated some cute little Beatrix Potter illustrations. I’ve made a slightly different version available for download – just click here to get your copy of the PDF. The table topper cards are also really easy to make – just print this pdf, trim down and fold in between the two matching images before popping amongst the flowers.
We were going to play a few cute games such as ‘guess the day baby will arrive’, ‘guess the gender’ and ‘suggest a name’ but funnily enough we didn’t do those as little Jensen somewhat spoiled the surprise!
However, we did all write little notes to Jensen with prayers, hopes and dreams for his future. Something Kate can store away in his memory box and show him how much he is loved by so many people (not that he’ll ever be in any doubt!). I also got everyone to put lots of fingerprints onto a piece of A4 which I had sketched a tree on and printed a little Peter Rabbit in the corner. To finish this off I’ll paint the tree trunk and branches in over the sketch lines before framing as a gift for Jensen’s nursery. Once this is ready to go, I’ll pop a little tutorial on the blog.
With a chilled playlist in the background, oodles of tea and plenty of nattering, we had a lovely relaxing afternoon. Made all the more special by having my very first cuddle with my gorgeous nephew.
Moments like that are so special to share with family and friends, it is such a blessing to be able to spend time organising for my sister. I hope she felt the love in the room!
Cookie recipes and framed print tutorial to appear on the blog in the next few weeks. What is your favourite theme for a baby shower?