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I had such a great baby shower with my friends and family. It was organised mostly by my sister who my gosh, did such an amazing job! I only wanted a small gathering with close friends and family and had to find a local venue to suit. We decided on Lightwoods House in Bearwood because it is a stunning Grade II-listed house surrounded by a beautiful park. I hired the lovely Weatherhead Room which overlooked the Shakespeare Garden. The hire cost was very reasonable and was a lot cheaper than hiring a private room in a pub or restaurant. What made my choice much easier was that the house and park is part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund so any money they receive from hiring out their community rooms goes straight back into the restoration and upkeep of the house and grounds.
My sister asked if I wanted a themed baby shower and we decided on a Peter Rabbit theme. Everything was designed around Peter Rabbit; the invitations, cake, decorations, and favours. It really was beautiful. First, I ordered personalised Peter Rabbit invitations from Clare's Designs on eBay and they were amazing! Instead of writing the baby shower information on the invitation yourself, the information is already printed on the invite for you which saves so much time! The invitation also doubles up as a lovely keepsake which is great for the fridge, scrapbooks, or memory boxes!
My baby shower cake was a gift from my very talented Mother-in-Law who is a hobby baker. I love all the details on the cake and how it fits in with the Peter Rabbit theme. She spent so much time and effort baking and decorating the cake from the little yellow ducks, the plants and flowers from Mr McGregor's garden, to Peter Rabbit himself! I couldn't have ever imagined a better cake! Not only did it look amazing, but it also tasted just as good (traditional Victoria sponge... one of my favs!). It was a real shame to have to cut into such a masterpiece.
We did all the catering and provided drinks ourselves as it was a much cheaper option and we could serve exactly what we wanted. We had everything from sandwiches, chicken, sausage rolls, chocolate, pizza, cupcakes, and of course, yummy samosas! We also made cocktails in glass dispensers: One called 'Baby on the beach,' made up of vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice and the other 'Baby blue lagoon' made up of vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade. All of the guests really enjoyed them!
All of the baby shower decorations and favours were bought from Amazon and eBay. My sister really enjoyed using helium for the balloons and organising everything. Her inner event planner surely did shine through! The day before the baby shower we put together the balloon towers and balloon garland and had so much fun at the same time!
We organised a few games at the baby shower and it was really great fun! Everyone loved getting involved and guessing the answers! We wanted games that were a bit unusual and different compared to the usual baby shower bingo and pin the dummy on the baby. We played 'Guess the age of the parent-to-be', 'Guess how many sweets are in the baby bottle', and guess the baby food from the jars and nappies. The winner of each game won a box of chocolates!
The tables were decorated with balloons, favours, and words of wisdom and baby prediction cards. The Peter Rabbit favour bags were filled with sweets like bonbons, blue millions, and frazzles and were great for my guests to take home. We also had baby boy photo props which were fun for the photos and were also great keepsakes. I loved reading the responses on the words of wisdom and baby prediction cards, and I love to look back on them every now and again to remind myself of the lovely things my family have wrote. They really are a must-have for any baby shower!
I also bought a personalised Peter Rabbit baby shower guest book because I really wanted to look back on the messages when Elijah was born and afterwards. There were so many beautiful, loving messages that I can't wait to show Elijah when he's older, and will treasure them forever. I also had a Peter Rabbit print made where each guest would write a little message on the balloons so I could put it in a frame and put it up in Elijah's room. I love all things personalised and think they make such a beautiful touch!
I really had an amazing time at my baby shower surrounded by my wonderful family who really did spoil Elijah (and still do!). I'm so glad I hosted a baby shower in the end as I was undecided for a while but I thought I sure would regret it if I didn't. So, if you're undecided on whether to have a baby shower or not, just do it! You'll thank yourself for it later. Whether big or small, you'll have an amazing time celebrating with your family before the little one arrives.
I have attached a few products that I bought or similar to what I bought just in case you're looking at hosting a similar baby shower yourself. And if you do, please let me know! I'd love to see your photographs and hear how it went!
And, if you're looking for the perfect Peter Rabbit baby shower gift, here are just a few ideas!
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