GORGEOUSLY GROWN UP BABY SHOWER
It’s time to re-think baby showers; today super-stylist and florist Amy from Bo Boutique is showing us how to throw a gorgeously grown-up event! Planned just ahead of the birth of her sister’s first baby she threw a blue baby shower to hint at the gender of their impending arrival, with gorgeously warm winter-y details and stylish accents Not that we’d expect anything less from this dream team of Bo and Taylor Barnes Photography! I also just have to mention how beautiful does mama-to-be Kate look?!
Tell us who the event was for, what inspired you? The moment I knew my sister was expecting her first baby I knew I had to throw her a baby shower to remember! As an event stylist, coordinating events is second nature to me, but throwing a baby shower for my sister came with that added passion of making it an extra special day for her and my family to remember forever! My sister was my inspiration, she is gracious, beautiful both inside and out, full of life and oozes style. So I wanted to throw her a shower that was stylish, classy and full of fun… with no cliché baby shower kitsch in sight!
Why did you decide to host a baby shower? I wanted to host the baby shower to do exactly that, shower my sister with love, luxe and lovely things, and make her laugh a lot! Prior to the shower I sent out handmade invitation parcels to all of the guests, and in each parcel was a simple white baby-grow with instructions to decorate them as they wished, with the caveat of ‘be creative… more is more’! The decorated baby grows would then be presented as a surprise to Kate and my brother-in-law Ian during the shower, for them to judge the winner! Kate and Ian have since framed the entire collection of hilarious baby grows, which now hang in baby Austin’s nursery!
My main focus for the day was making Kate feel cherished and special in every possible way. I also wanted to give Kate and Ian some beautiful images as a keepsake of this momentous journey that they’re embarking on together, so I enlisted the help of the incredibly talented Ashlee Taylor of Taylor Barnes Photography to come and capture the day on film.
The day before the shower I gave Kate and Ian their own invitation giving them a few clues of the treats that lay ahead! I had also bought Kate a selection of dresses to try on and to choose one to wear for the party. As she was nearing the end of her pregnancy she hadn’t bought herself anything special to wear for some time, and I really wanted her to feel glam… my mum too; our mum is someone so utterly selfless and I wanted this to be something for her to enjoy just as much… it’s not every day you celebrate your youngest daughter bringing your first grandchild into the world!
So on the morning of the shower they had a little dress up session to choose their outfits, and then I arranged for hair and make-up artists to come and pamper them both! It was so wonderful watching them together with beaming and excitable smiles on their faces.
Tell us about the gorgeous styling! Being a stylist myself, I ensured that every element of the day was carefully curated; I created all of the floral elements myself and chose a colour palette of blues, whites and soft greens with accents of gold and brass. The shower was in December and so I wanted to create a sense of ambience and warmth, which I achieved through an abundance of soft furnishings in complementary tones of blues and crisp white cushions and faux fur blankets in hues of fawn and brown. I used clusters of white pillar and tapered candles in brass candlesticks and statement florals to tie the whole look together. The party was based around afternoon tea, and the tableware was a selection of antique blue and white crockery, solid silver cutlery with wood and bone handles and cut crystal glasses.
Sorrel Scott, a cutting edge cook and recipe writer based in London, created a bespoke and inventive cocktail and mocktail menu for our welcome drinks table, which were served in antique cut crystal goblets from Helene Millot Furnishings, and presented alongside a beautifully hand written drinks menu on handmade paper by the wonderfully talented calligrapher Clara of A Creative Affair, based in Paris. The cakes and confectionary were from Let it Be Cake… I particularly loved the personalised cookies with Kate and Ian’s initials written in delicate white icing.
To recreate the look I would suggest keeping to a simple ‘theme’ and colour palette. It’s easy to over complicate a look with accessories which alone are lovely, but together may look a little overkill. So keep it simple, choose classic textures and textiles such as complimentary soft furnishings, candles and flowers in simply vases and urns. I chose to steer clear of balloons, nappy cakes and other more playful items, so as to retain a more luxury and classic feel. Of course a baby shower should still be brimming with fun and games are a must… I can’t recommend the baby-grow decorating competition highly enough!
What are you most looking forward to about being an aunty? As soppy as it sounds, one of the things that really excites me is the thought of my nephew, Austin growing up and calling me for aunty chats! I hope I’ll be an aunty that he really looks up to and feels safe with, for life. I’m also reeeaaally looking forward to blowing raspberries on his chubby little baby tummy!!