Baby showers originate from the States but are becoming increasingly more popular here in the UK as of late. I've always thought they were such a lovely concept because they bring all your close family and friends together to celebrate the upcoming arrival of your little one.
My Mother in Law to be kindly offered to throw the baby shower for me and at first I was a worried as I am not one for being the centre of attention and prefer to take a back seat. I never had an 18th, 21st or even an Engagement party for this reason and I have always regretted it. I didn't want that same regret in turning down the baby shower and I am so glad that I went ahead with it as it turned out to be a pretty unforgettable night!
My baby shower was on Friday 11th October at 7pm and I arrived early so I would be in time to greet all the guests. When I walked through the door I was amazed at how much effort had been put into every single detail. There were blue balloons everywhere, nappy pin confetti, baby vests on washing lines, banners, handmade pom poms, a gingerbread favour tree and even a baby made out of nappies! My Mother in Law must of spent hours making the cake, it was beautiful. It was decorated with thick blue icing, sugar babies, teddies, butterflies and bottles made out of icing.. She had baked ginger bread favours for each guest in the shapes of baby clothes and prams. There were little paper nappies filled with white and blue sweets and the cutest cupcakes you have ever seen. Everything was handmade, stunning and delicious. I still can't believe how perfect everything looked and I can't thank her enough.
When my family and friends arrived I tried my best to introduce everyone. Most people hadn't met each other before but thankfully the ice was broken early on in the evening and everyone got a long well. While everyone chatted I put all the gifts people kindly brought in the table for later. I have to admit I did have sneaky peaks into the gift bags when no one was looking!
After everyone had relaxed and had a glass of wine we begun the traditional baby shower games. First up we played feed the baby which was like pin the tail on the donkey but instead you are trying to stick a bottle in the babies mouth. That was a lot of fun, who doesn't like being blind folded and spun around! Next we had a game where everyone had to guess the size of my bump with a piece of string. Now this got a lot of laughs because some people guessed way too big but it was my Sister who was the closest and won! We also had a nursery rhyme quiz which I was terrible at. There was a lot of old school rhymes in there that I think I will have to learn before the baby arrives. Last but not least we had the ever so popular dirty nappy game. If you haven't heard of this one before you are in for a treat. Different types of bars of chocolate are melted into nappies and passed around the group. You have to decipher what chocolate bar is in each dirty nappy by smell. We all got stuck in and very competitive. We all ended up in hysterics especially when my Mum decided to nibble a bit of chocolate out of the nappy! I can proudly say I came second in that game, I know my chocolate!
We then had a bite to eat and a natter and I got stuck into all the gorgeous gifts everyone had bought for our boy. He received a hamper full of baby essentials, towels, snow suits, toys, books, clothes, vouchers and lots more. He is one lucky little lad and everyone wants to spoil him just as much as we do.