Dinner & drinks to celebrate Little Miss

In addition to my family baby shower (see related post) I wanted to celebrate with my gorgeous girlfriends and thank them for putting up with me during my pregnancy (let’s just say I don’t love being pregnant!) so I hosted an intimate dinner one Saturday evening, about one month before my little girl arrived.

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Inspired by a recent fashion show invite I sourced some very thick card to create the weighty invites.  The silver, black & white invites set the colour scheme for the evening and informed my styling choices for the event.

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I retained the feature of white paper pom poms, lanterns and mini singlets that I had arranged (with huge amounts of help from my poor husband) for my earlier family afternoon tea over the dining table.  The table was styled simply with thick pillar candles of various heights, silver & white fine bone china place settings and crisp white napkins.  Each guest was gifted a framed photo (one of my favourites of them during “pre-baby” partying) and was asked to find a copy of their photo in a small guest book and leave a message along side it.

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I used Floreat Floral once again for the flowers (I’m obsessed) and Piquant Catering for both the food and serving.  The Piquant team were fantastic.  They were happy to serve alcohol we had sourced independently and were friendly and efficient throughout the evening.  The food was truly divine and there was plenty of it!  I ordered the divine cake from Simmone Logue in Double Bay, which we enjoyed with mascapone as we relaxed post dinner.

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Personally, Im just not into baby shower games so we filled the evening with good wine, good conversation and many laughs.  At the request of my girlfriends I opened the very generous gifts of tiny pink outfits and toys.  There was much “ooohing and ahhing” for the first couple of presents…then true to our style we went back to drinking and chatting and laughing the night away.

As guests left they received a little vanilla cupcake I had baked that morning (baking I can do…cooking, not so much!).  Something to nibble on the way home.

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A truly memorable evening and a fitting farewell to life pre-child…

xx catherine and grace

The details:

* Stationary & signage – created by catherine and grace

* Paper pom-poms & lantern decorations – Papier D’Amour

* White mini coat hangers – children’s 11″-14″ white wooden hangers, purchased from MyCoathangers

* Mini white singlets – similar styles available from Bonds

* Gift bags – created by catherine and grace using white paper bags from Riot Art & Craft

* Flowers – Floreat Floral

* Catering and chair hire – Piquant Catering

* Guest book – DIY album in black, from Kikki K

* Celebration cake – hummingbird cake, from Simmone Logue

* Favour box – white food pail with handle, from QCC Catering Equipment

 

A baby shower for a true mum in the making!

My sister-in-law, yummy mummy-to-be, is the epitome of pregnant chic.  Throughout her pregnancy she looked simply stunning so it was only right that we styled her baby shower to match.
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Our guest of honour wanted the shower at her home to allow her to show off the gorgeous nursery she had styled herself.  The baby’s gender was to remain a surprise until delivery day so we needed to keep the shower gender neutral.
Guests were greeted at the door with champagne (or sparkling water for the mums-to-be!) with a little blue or pink ribbon tied to the base of the flute.  Guests chose a glass based on the gender they thought the baby would be.
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– Photo: Be Yourself Photography –
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Once inside, a white board with “ropes” of childrens’ grosgrain ribbon and little frog and ladybird pegs held name tags for each guest
Guests were asked to bring a photo of themselves as a baby or child for a game of “Guess Who” later in the shower and as all the name tags were removed I stole the whiteboard away and discretely used the little pegs to hold up the photos.  A white board marker was then used to allow the guest of honour to guess which picture belonged to which guest.  Using the white board meant that incorrect guesses could easily be wiped away.
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We, once again, used Jane from Floreat Floral for the beautiful floral arrangements. We arranged the food on the coffee table and large dining table as a buffet.  Finger food always works best for these types of events and we slanted the food to a baby/child theme.  Cupcakes, fairy bread, mini tartlets, salmon and chicken sandwiches (crusts removed, of course!) were placed on Vera Wang china, glass platters and multi tiered cupcake stands.
As a play on “milk bottles” we filled mini bottles with chocolate and strawberry milk for those wanting a cool drink, and for the kids in attendance.  Cute blue and pink straws in ceramic old school milk bottles completed the look.  This mum-to-be has an amazing collection of antique fine bone china tea cups and saucers.  These were used to serve tea and coffee throughout the afternoon.
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We styled little people’s socks, mini bottles of baby powder and baby oil, a “Shop 4 Kids” magazine and other items tied up with childrens’ ribbon as prizes for the games.  Left over prizes were given away to guests as they left the shower.
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Despite being heavily pregnant, our mum-to-be had baked some delicious rocky road to give her guests as a thank you gift as they left the shower.  We prepared custom white pails with a thank you sticker to hold the treats and these were distributed to the guests as they left.
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A beautiful day for a beautiful mum-to-be…now the only question is – will it be a boy or a girl?
xx catherine and grace
The details:
* All signage – catherine and grace
* Paper pom-pom decorations – Papier D’Amour
* Acrylic frames (for signage) – Wedding Bling
* Flowers & all vases – Floreat Floral
* Favour box – white food pail with handle, from QCC Catering Equipment
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