Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Baby shower

My neighbour Jennifer's baby shower was yesterday. I think it went well, but given that none of us had ever attended one before, we didn't really have a benchmark. If the measure of success is everyone having a good time, it hit the spot.

And I had such fun creating along a baby theme, shamelessly stealing ideas from all over the place. Big thanks to
Tasha for sharing her shower plans with me and Cathy Gaubert for the secrets of her nappy cake which I had to copy (complete with minimoopy topping).

Apologies for the dodgy photo - I actually forgot to take one and had to go round to Jennifer's after the party and ask sheepishly to take a picture. I didn't dare ask for styling privileges too!

Much to my husband's amusement I made gingerbread babies, complete with sex-appropriate nappies. He made a LOT of politically incorrect and insensitive jokes - I'll leave those to your imagination. We used these in a predict the gender test on Jennifer and the gingerbread says girl, but personally I'm plumping for boy.

This might explain why the gifts I made her aren't overly feminine. Another go at the bitty booties using my hand dyed blanket and a freezer paper all-in-one with a bug. Freezer paper courtesy of my swap with Melissa.

My friend (in real life !) Sarah made these gorgeous nappy favours filled with soap for all the guests and was very soothing as I panicked about getting it all together.

Jennifer had some really lovely presents and it was such fun to coo over them. It's much more civilized than the usual British thing of waiting till the baby is born. I found gifts straight after the births of my boys totally overwhelming at a time when I didn't have any capacity to enjoy them. The shower idea could really catch on here I think.

And you guys, thank you for all the lovely comments on the latch board and Robbie Robot. You gave me the warm fuzzies and I really appreciate it. You're the best.

11 comments:

capello said...

What a great baby shower!

I cannot believe they are not popular in England. There's nothing better than getting together with friends and eating cake.

lindiepindie said...

You look like you did a great job throwing the baby shower! The cookies and cake are so sweet as were your gifts and the nappy favors - what a great idea!

Megan said...

Great job Ali! What fun. I so wish I had had one when I had babies - I feel like I missed out on all that sort of thing.

Laurie said...

All great ideas! I bet the mom-to-be loved it all!

jenny said...

hi - i popped over from blackbird's...

I hope you don't mind, but I'm throwing a baby shower in a few weeks and I think I'm going to be stealing that soap/nappy favor idea...

cute stuff :)

Alicia A. said...

Very cute ideas! What a nice shower.

(And now she can arrange and rearrange all the baby gear in a nesting frenzy.)

Jo said...

I love those gingerbread baby's. Very cute. And sounds like you all had fun!

em said...

Your Minimoopy is adorable! And it's the perfect topper for a diaper cake. The freezer paper shirt is so cute too and I love the Bitty Booties; the color is gorgeous.

Babies are so much fun to sew for :)

jojo* said...

Look at all the cuteness in this post. I love the little lady bug onesie and the booties are too cute! The gingerbread babies are fun...what an inspired baby shower.

weirdbunny said...

I've never been to a baby shower either, I love this whole idea of nappie cakes and stuff, how cool are they!

cathygaubert said...

wow! everything came out great!!! i'm happy to know that my directions for the "nappy cake" were decent enough for you. thanks for giving me a mention. it surely was not my own original idea, but i would like to think that you and i have both improved upon it! and i love the mini-moopy...who could ask for a cuter topper?
:) hey, maybe we need to start a flickr group for nappy cakes?!