OH SO SWEET
A pretty-in-pink baby shower celebration
Gone are the days when baby showers were limited to an array of awkward games and cookie cutter celebrations. Today’s prebaby parties go way beyond the mum-to-be. By personalising the décor and involving guests, you can make the day all the more special for everyone. Set your colour scheme first, as the rest of your theme will flow from there. A palette of three to five colours will usually make the best impact. Alternatively, keep it simple with two or three hues, but add in a metallic for shimmer and shine. Weave bronze, silver or gold into small elements like graphic napkins, paper plates, or cupcake holders. Glitter ups the ante – just remember, less is more. Be imaginative with how you decorate. A neutral-coloured room comes alive with simple elements in various textures that reflect your palette: think soft pillows, small space rugs, table linens and flowers. Scented candles evoke a warm atmosphere, while fairy lights add sparkle, especially when draped across walls, running along tables or displayed in clear glass bowls. Elevate the look of the room by using various cake stands and glassware of varying heights. Be cohesive by embracing the entire space, especially those with high ceilings, with easy yet effective essentials such as paper lanterns and pom poms. Or, consider displaying a group of helium balloons en masse. There are plenty of places to hire props, and handmade embellishments bring sentiment to the occasion. Just give yourself enough time to source them, or to make them. Alluring floral arrangements don’t have to cost a fortune; DIY by looking at what’s in season and foraging in your garden. Branches make creative cascading wall pieces – think berries in winter or cherry blossoms in spring. Every good party has an equally good dessert table. While making an impressive visual display, it is always a crowd pleaser given it can cater to many tastes and glutenfree or sugar-free guests. Plus, tasty morsels such as cake pops or macarons make for a sweet treat for guests to take away with them, especially if they have their own little people at home.