OH SO SWEET

A pretty-in-pink baby shower cel­e­bra­tion

Little Treasures - - CONTENTS - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY CAROLYN HASLETT

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.

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