This was the cake at Tiggy’s baby shower, kindly bought by the friend organising the day and little did I know at that point just what is involved in hosting a baby shower. Today we’ve organised one for that same friend and just like the intricate details on Tiggy’s cake there’s a minefield of intricate details and planning that goes into a baby shower or so we’ve discovered. We knew the basics; venue, guests, cake, but where to hold it, who to invite, how to contact your friends’ friends especially if the baby shower is a surprise and then of course the cake. How do you know what your friend will like, there are endless possibilities for cake decoration, size of cake, colours, a theme maybe and even personalisation. A minefield.
So we started with venue, booked a table for dinner at a restaurant we knew the friend likes. Numbers, well that was anyone’s guess so we went with 15 thinking we could add or subtract when we knew numbers. This in itself is also difficult as not all people RSVP! annoying. Then to start inviting, we had to cheat and give the game away and ask the friend for names. Then onto the cake and this is where we may possibly be in the running for the award of worst friend ever as somewhere between guests and cake we got side tracked. Rememeber now that Tiggy had not long arrived (that’s our excuse and we’re sticking to it) and last minute we ring a cake company (Lulu’s Cake Creations) and thankfully they can do it. Having sent them a picture of a cake we’d Google’d (thank you Google!) but changed the name to what we know our friend is calling her baby (can’t tell you how much easier this part was knowing the sex and name of the baby) they can complete our request and the cake is being collected just half an hour before the start of the baby shower later. Talk about cutting it fine!!
Once we were feeling accomplished about the cake the thought occurred that we could decorate maybe, just a garland, perhaps some balloons. Bearing in mind this was just days before the baby shower we were full of great ideas but lacking in time so we set to work and ordered several garlands in the hope that one would be delivered in time. We have two so far. Result! Onto the balloons, so many to choose from so we went with quality over quantity and ordered a single large clear balloon filled with confetti with a gorgeous pastel blue handmade tail and tassel and had it printed with the friend’s name and the words “baby shower”. The company we ordered this from (www.bubblegumballoons.co.uk) were brilliant considering we ordered it just 2 days before the baby shower, it was delivered the next day with just 1 day to go. Perhaps we’ll spare the friend knowing that we actually missed the delivery of the balloon and spent a little while begging the lady in the post office to recall the driver of the delivery van as we just had to have the balloon ready for the following day. It worked and we have the balloon and it looks great! Phew!
We also considered games, apparently traditionally you play games to entertain the guests. Another minefield as some games require you to ‘guess the size of the bump’ and ‘who knows the mum-to-be the best’ which may lead to tense times especially if mum-to-be isn’t happy about the baby weight they’ve gained or the best friend doesn’t know her as well as she’d hoped, so we avoided those and ordered several (hopefully non upsetting in an expectant mum-to-be kind of way) in the hope that any would arrive in the short space of time we’d left ourselves. Thankfully they have and another huge sigh of relief!
One item that didn’t arrive was the baby guest book and this may well be where we redeem our best friend award as we’ve only gone and made one! Thanks to the store Hobbycraft we bought a plain hard backed white book which ties with white ribbon and by some miracle they do baby shower decorative stickers and even little stickers with the words “handmade with love” on them. We’ve even written a lovely little message inside the cover for the mum-to-be. Amazing what you can achieve in the final hours before an event!
So we’re good to go having remembered last minute that we may need napkins for the cake and that pens would be a good idea for guests to play the various games which involved a quick last minute dash to the supermarket. All we have to do now is find the cake company’s building, collect the cake and transport it without it toppling or getting damaged in transit oh and let’s hope the balloon doesn’t “pop” before we get it to the venue too!