A little afternoon tea for a little miss to be!

My little girl is almost 8 months old (photos of the mini stylist soon, I promise!), however before she came into this world, I celebrated her impending arrival with my closest family.  I put on a small afternoon tea at our place (my husband kindly made himself scarce)  to allow the guests to see the nursery (and it meant that at 7 months pregnant I did not have to travel!)

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I kept things simple with a non-alcoholic punch, champagne & sparkling mineral water for drinks and my family help provide sweet and savoury nibbles.  We used simple white fine bone china with a silver detail and served food on white platters and serving stands.  I kept the decorations sophisticated (white pom pom decorations from Papier D’Amour) with just a little hint of “baby” – cute mini singlets on baby white coathangers formed part of the main display…and a little singlet greeted guests at the door.

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I asked guests to leave a tip or trick for my husband and I…or just their best wishes.  It was just lovely reading through them together later in the evening after everyone had gone home.

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Needless to say little Miss-to-be was completely spoilt!

xx catherine and grace

The details:

* Coathangers – children’s 11″-14″ white wooden hangers, from MyCoathangers

* White singlets – similar styles available from Bonds

* Tea service – Vera Wang Grosgrain fine bone china, available from Peters of Kensington

* Paper pom-pom and lantern decorations – Papier D’Amour

* Acrylic frames for signage – Wedding Bling

* Stationary & signage – created by catherine and grace

* Ribbon – Papier D’Amour

* Glass canister – similar styles available from Domayne

Nursery styling part #1 – white furniture forms a base

We are lucky enough to have built in cupboards across one entire side of the nursery.  When we purchased the house they were a horrible fading pine colour, however the actual doors and shelves themselves were in fantastic nick.  We decided to have the entire built in wardrobe painted in a gloss effect in Wattyl’s White Delight (the same colour as the skirting, architraves, doors and windows frames).  We kept all large furniture items (other than a comfortable chair for nursing) in white – perhaps to be used in a boys room one day(?!?) and allowed us to style the remainder of the room in bright colours for our little girl.  Once the cot, change table, nursing chair & side table were in place I was able to visualise the room and get going on the fun part!

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xx catherine and grace

The details:

* Grey fabric storage cubes – Papaya

* White & black photo frames – RIBBA frames from Ikea

* Cot – Stoke Mini available from Baby Village (by far, in my opinion, the most outstanding children’s furniture and equipment store in Sydney – extremely knowledgable staff, a wide range of products in various price points, including the top of the range in any product type, as well as good prices and great sales)

* Change table & change mat – Grotime Kimberly in white purchased from Baby Kingdom

* White gloss floating shelves above fireplace & change table – Bunnings

* Replica Philippe Starck Louis Ghost armchair in clear – available from from Matt Blatt

* White & grey side table – old pine bedside table customised by catherine and grace with Wattyl’s White Delight & Snowdonia interior paint finished with a clear gloss and crystal knobs (see related post).

* Grey nursing armchair – purchased from Oz Design Furniture (see similar designs here)

* For details on all other items see Nursery Styling part #2

 

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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– Photo: Be Yourself Photography –
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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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