THE BEST SOURCE OF DESIGN & DECORATION FOR YOUR PARTY
ISSUE NO. 16 | March 18, 2010
breakfast & b u n n i e s
good to know
PARTY 101 and nothing you don’t.
PARTIES OF THE WEEK Inspired themes, tableware, decorations, food and drink recipes, invitations and favours how-to. CHOCOLATE CHIC (page7)
The School of Parties –everything you need to know
BEATRIX POTTER BIRTHDAY LUNCH (page 18) BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (page 24) LOVELY LILAC (page 43)
EASTER BUNNY (page 59) EGG GAMES (page 62) BABY SHOWER GAMES (page 63)
PRODUCTS OF THE WEEK Party must-haves and where to get them. EGGCITING (page 28)
REAL PARTIES Snapshots of your style and soirees. MONKEY BUSINESS (page 30) ON SAFARI (page 47) PINK BUNNY (page 65)
HIPPITY HOP (page 35)
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ready to hire.
BEG, BORROW, STEAL
EVENTS We would love to meet you! SHOWDAYS (page 3)
Our storeroom is full of all the things your heart desires,
COUNTRY CROCKERY (page 41)
good to meet you
DAWN (page 5)
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MEET THE READER
Make it yourself with our easy step-by-step instruc-
HAPPY EASTER (page 57) BUNNY EARS (page 61)
REUSE, RECYCLE, RENEW
How to turn something old into something new – and
EGG SHELLS (page 40)
What’s on our bookshelf for you to borrow for free as a BABY SHOWERS (page 71)
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In Good Company also has a blog - fill of daily inspiration and good things we just had to share it with you straight away. This is our notebook where we’ll be jotting down bits of advice and presenting ideas ranging from real events to personal stories. It’s also a place for you to share your thoughts and tips on how you put a party together. After all, as we always say, “Be In Good Company”.
Hi Alex With regards to the baby shower and gift, I would like to get her something over and above the usual gifts. What can you suggest: Baby’s room accessories? Baby’s name? Frames? Any ideas are very welcome! - Antonio Dear Antonia I can make the following suggestions for some lovely gifts: Your idea for the baby’s name is lovely and we have 3 gorgeous letter options – classic white letters, bright fabric covered letters and fabric bunting. We have a sweet little door sign for the baby’s room as well as a first dining set: a pink bird for girls and a blue elephant for boys. Our pirate ship is a gift that makes a great décor piece until he gets older then will definitely be a favourite toy! Another popular gift for baby showers has been our range of Maileg rabbits – they are gorgeous and everyone seems to love them! Again, lovely for a baby’s room. - Alex
The Living and Loving Kids & Baby Expo is truly a unique experience where you can discover what is best for you, your pregnancy, baby, child as well as the rest of your family. See the latest, safest and most practical products with hands on displays and demonstrations. If you have little ones already there’s hours of FREE fun for them: with two live Noddy shows per day, creative play areas, the coolest kiddies characters – we’ll keep them so busy that they will sleep all the way home.
MEET THE READER
Name: Dawn Paidoussi Age: 60 Occupation: Owner of MAGIC MUFFINS & CUPCAKES ~ Baking wonderfully decadent chocolate muffins as well as other flavours! Location: Sandton
I am… in love with the same man for 43 years I most admire… generosity I feel most beautiful… every day What superhuman power I’d most want to have… ability to heal others What I wanted to be when I was little… neurosurgeon The quality I least like about myself is… perfection ~ which I then expect from everyone else The best decision I’ve ever made was… leaving Vereeniging to live in Johannesburg What surprises you most about adult life? That it goes so fast What is the greatest lesson you’ve learnt in life? That your best friend and turn out to be your worst enemy What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you? I know I can trust you What’s your idea of a perfect meal? Fresh ingredients ~ simply prepared and shared with family and friends If I knew then what I know now… I would have gone into business earlier Before I die, I’d like to… spend a week cooking in Tuscany What I would do with a R1 000 in spare cash: Give it away to a needy stranger My simplest pleasure is… sitting in my garden watching the birds feed What my ‘I’d rather be’ bumper sticker would say: In the African bush What I’m good at: Entertaining Favourite board game? Scrabble Favourite magazine? Donna Hay Favourite smell? Gardenias First thing you think of in the morning? My son in LA Favourite colour? Green ~ in nature If my life so far could have a theme song, it would be… “ I’ll follow the sun” Who is the person from your past you wish you could go back and talk to? My mom Favourite movie? My Fair Lady What’s under your bed? Fluff bunnies What is your greatest ambition? To have my own shop What is your greatest weakness? Too caring If you could build a house anywhere where would it be? Greek island What’s your favourite article of clothing? Soft black pants What’s your favourite kitchen item? Good knife What is your favourite season? Summer ~ real summer I love… that I have someone to love
Decorative minimalism works brilliantly when nearly all colour is eliminated. The simplicity is refreshingly rustic, the varied textures tantalising and the effect totally edible.
Together with classic tableware, a rustic tablescape was created with the addition of felt placemats (forgoing any other linen to showcase the pattern) and in lieu of flowers, twig nests and edible centerpieces create a delicate and delectable display.
IN GOOD COMPANY FOR HIRE WHITE CERAMIC BUNNY EGG CUPS R5 each • WHITE FELT FLOWER PLACEMATS R5 each LARGE TWIG BIRD NESTS R5 each • TAUPE BUNNY PAPER NAPKINS R2 each to buy WHITE CERAMIC BUNNY CENTREPIECES R10 each • WHITE MINIATURE CERAMIC BUNNIES R5 each • WHITE FEATHER WREATHS R30 each
Tone down on colour and keep the palette neutral, but select a variety of different textures: satin, grass, ceramic and even chocolate!
HISTORY OF HOT CROSS BUNS
Hot cross buns are typically eaten on Good Friday and during Lent. Stories abound about the origins of the Hot Cross Bun. Yet, the common thread throughout is the symbolism of the “cross” of icing which adorns the bun itself. Some say that the origin of Hot Cross Buns dates back to the 12th century, when an Anglican monk was said to have placed the sign of the cross on the buns, to honor Good Friday, a Christian holiday also known as the Day of the Cross. Supposedly, this pastry was the only thing permitted to enter the mouths of the faithful on this holy day.
Other accounts talk of an English widow, whose son went off to sea. She vowed to bake him a bun every Good Friday. When he didn’t return she continued to bake a hot cross bun for him each year and hung it in the bakery window in good faith that he would some day return to her. The English people kept the tradition for her even after she passed away. English folklore includes many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. One of them says that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or become mouldy during the subsequent year. Another encourages keeping such a bun for medicinal purposes. A piece of it given to someone who is ill is said to help them recover. Sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” is said at the time. Because of the cross on the buns, some say they should be kissed before being eaten. If taken on a sea voyage, hot cross buns are said to protect against shipwreck. If hung in the kitchen, they are said to protect against fires and ensure that all breads turn out perfectly. The hanging bun is replaced each year.
4 cups plain flour 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast 1/4 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups currants 40g butter 300ml milk 2 eggs, lightly beaten Flour paste 1/2 cup plain flour 4 to 5 tablespoons water Glaze 1/3 cup water 2 tablespoons caster sugar
Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and currants in a large bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add milk. Heat for 1 minute, or until lukewarm. Add warm milk mixture and eggs to currant mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together. Use clean hands to finish mixing to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until dough doubles in size. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 190°C. Make flour paste: Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through. Make glaze: Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Serve warm or at room temperature.
NOTES & TIPS
These buns are best eaten on the day they are made. Otherwise, freeze for up to 7 days. To defrost in microwave, place 1 hot cross bun onto a sheet of paper towel. Heat, uncovered, for 45 to 50 seconds on MEDIUM-LOW (DEFROST) (30%) power. Stand for 1 minute.
These traditional Easter treats down Switzerland-way are rather tasty tarts especially with a dollop of cream! Lovely differences in textures from the crisp pasty, the crunch of the almonds, the softness of the centre and the juiciness of the sultanas make these really delicious little treats. MAKES 6 INGREDIENTS 25g white bread (without crust) milk 1 egg, separated 65g coarsely chopped almonds 65g sugar 25g golden sultanas 175ml cream 125g puff pastry DIRECTIONS Heat the over to 180°C. Crumble up the bread and soak this in milk. Pour off the excess liquid and mix in a large bowl with sugar, almonds and egg yolk. Add the dried fruit to the mix. Whip the cream into soft peaks and in a separate bowl; beat the egg whites till stiff. Fold the cream into the mixture and finally the egg whites. Roll the pastry out thinly and line 6 buttered mini quiche pans. Pour the mixture and bake for ½ an hour (keep an eye on this, might need longer/shorter).
an afternoon easter tea overridden with chocolate bunnies would not be complete without a slice of carrot cake, or two. serve with cream cheese icing or a white dusting of icing sugar – sure to show up any little bunny paw prints.
Turning one is a once in a lifetime milestone, probably more memorable for the parents than the child but nonetheless worth celebrating and pulling out all the stops. And what better way than hosting a family lunch and inviting all of Beatrix Potter’s little friends Jemima Puddle-duck, Tiggy Winkle, Benjamin Bunny, and Peter Rabbit of course!
Be inspired by the author’s words and images and create your own Mr. Mc. Gregor’s garden with picket fences, potted herb plants and little creatures picking out from behind a watering can or two.
Serve a rabbit’s delight from a country garden salad and herby bread, to farmer’s roast chicken, potatoes and crunchy vegetables. Finish off with iced carrot cupcakes crowned with first birthday candles ready for everyone to make a special birthday wish!
Commemorate the occasion by measuring everyone’s height and have all write a message to the birthday girl in their own Beatrix Potter book to form part of her book collection. Perfect gifts include Beatrix Potter The First Year Record Book, clothing and linen, Wedgwood crockery and for your guests garden infused bath products and miniature gardening tools.
Have a boldly coloured breakfast that will be quick to make everyone bright eyed and bushy tailed, read for a busy day ahead. All is needed are bright blooms like tulips or gerberas and a perky pattern on paper napkins.
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Tablecloths R30 each for hire Table Runners R15 – R20 each for hire Silver Square Place card holders R5 each for hire Paper Napkins R2 each to buy
Easter is synonymous with breakfast time, so you are going to love having these products from Fred & Friends to add a bright and sunny touch to your table!
SNACK & STACK
take along utensils The silicone handles of these mid-size utensils lock together securely for easy storage and packing, not to mention endless amusement. Perfect for lunch boxes, picnics, your desk drawer or glove box. R150 for set of 3 invitations.
the mini carton creamer Got cream? Half Pint is an artfully blown and molded glass creamer that captures the comforting familiarity of a mini milk carton, just like the ones Mrs. Fontaine used to pass out in the school cafeteria. Simple, elegant, whimsical - it’s a gem de la crème. Individual gift boxes. R120 each
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a bird in the hand This little peeper just wants to please. Turn his head to the right — his eyes change from blue to white and his beak dispenses salt; turn it left — his eyes turn black and of course his beak pours the pepper. R100 each
SALT & PEEPER
salt and playtime Everyone knows you shouldn’t play with your food, but that shouldn’t stop you from playing with your pepper! S & P (Salt and Playtime) are 1.75” square, food-safe, hand-finished maple blocks that just beg to be picked up. Warmly reminiscent of alphabet blocks from your childhood, Salt & Playtime add a charmingly retro touch to a contemporary tabletop. Go ahead...get in touch with your inner child and sprinkle on a little fun! R100 for set of 2
Monkey Printable Party available from Parties By Hardie.
We are going bananas for this party that Amanda recently threw for her daughter. Not only is she a very talented photographer but she had so many great ideas for all the little details.
REAL GOOD PARTY ADVICE
• Use a printable party like this Monkey one from Parties by Hardie to make a HAPPY BIRTHDAY banner, napkin wraps, bunting, water bottle wraps, cup stickers, favour tags and party hats. • Fill the room with matching coloured red and yellow helium balloons and gerbera daisies. Use the same primary colours for a table cover, plastic cutlery and paper cups and plates. • For a monkey themed party make all their favourites: peanut butter and banana sandwiches cut out in the shape of monkey faces and fruit kebabs with bananas of course! • Play monkey themed games like hunt for bananas and pin the nose on the monkey. • Make an impressive cake by adding monkey faces made out of fondant.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA OLSON PHOTOGRAPHY • WWW.AMANDAOLSON.NET
Pull a bunny out the hat and collect half a dozen eggs, and a traditional English breakfast tablescape can easily be transformed to an Easter scene. Wave your magic wand, the rabbit might disappear but you will be left with a table that is just as good for a Mothers Day lunch.
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White Ceramic Rabbits from R30 each for hire White Picket Fence R10 each for hire Greengate Roseberry Paper Plates R6 each and Paper Cups R5 each Greengate Naomi French Bowl R55 each, Café Latte Mug R75 each, Jug R310 each Gingham Table Runners R15 each for hire Polka Dot Printable Party, available in red, blue, green and pink R50 for the pdf. file
Plan an Easter Egg Hunt with the grand prize being a Maileg Bunny or some pretty decorated eggs to start a treasured collection for many years to come.
Opposite Page: Small Maileg Bunnies in Pyjamas R375 each. This Page: Carved and Painted Eggs R20 each. Wooden Basket with chalkboard sides R105 each
Maileg is a Danish design brand of contemporary interior lifestyle concepts established in 1999 by Dorthe and Erik Mailil. The Maileg collection has a unique authentic look and touch created by designer Dorthe Mailil. The collection emphasises contemporary season concepts within decoration for Christmas and Easter and a separate collection for children. The Maileg concept and brand is sold throughout the Scandinavian and European market. The collection is now also available in Asia, Australia, South Africa and in the USA.
These rabbits live in a wonderful lair behind a tiny hill-top. There are sisters and brothers, nephews, cousins, a whole family to collect and love. IN GOOD COMPANY SHOP Large Bunnies R750 each • Medium Bunnies R550 each • Small Bunnies R375 each
IN GOOD COMPANY SHOP Maileg Decorations R40 each Various styles and colours: Pigs, birds, flowers, apples, hearts, mushrooms, ducks, coronets and skittles.
No need to tread on your egg shells, make a pretty garland with ribbon, fill with spring blooms or candle wax for table centerpieces and crush them, mix these into soil around plants to control blossom end rot.
IMAGES: MARTHA STEWART
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Our love for crockery has expanded our basic all-white hiring range to now include some signature cream ceramicware. Ideal for bridal and baby showers as the collection includes pretty platters and cake stands.
IN GOOD COMPANY SHOP From Left to Right: Teacup and Saucer R5 for set for hire, Cream Platter R10 each for hire. Deep rectangular Bowl R10 for hire, Tall Jug R10 each for hire, Teapot R10 each for hire, Sugar Bowl R5 each for hire, Creamer R5 each for hire. Not pictured: Cake Stand R20 each for hire, Compote R20 each for hire, Deep 3 partition serving bowl R20 each for hire
As the weather begins to turn cooler, renew that spring feeling by bringing the garden indoors. Plant bulbs in teacups, set eggs in garden urns and place a bunny statue surrounded by pebble looking eggs. Your guests will feel like they are one with nature only slightly warmer. And who knows maybe you will be lucky and the sun will shine and you can take the party to the patio: provide guests with soft “bunny” blankets and add a tag “take one and snuggle!”
TABLE TOP TIP 1: Eventhough Easter is usually associated with pastel shades of pink and green or bright oranges and yellows • don’t be afraid to use a colour scheme that you love and already have many decorative items. This was the case with the grey and lavender colour scheme and there is the added advantage that most of the items can be used all year round. TABLE TOP TIP 2: Unlike Christmas for example, an Easter tablescape is easily achieved by having generic table decorations: lovely linens, tableware and flowers – and then simply add a bunny, chick or a few eggs on the table. Also, feathered birds, nests and butterflies work equally well without being too seasonal. TABLE TOP TIP 3: For a cost effective flower arrangements, instead of buying large vases and bunches and bunches of fresh flowers, look inside your cupboards first and raid your garden: • Plant a flowering bulb or seedling: like African violets or pansies in teacups • Trim small blooms like forget-me-nots and violas and arrange in many egg cups, alternate with real or chocolate white eggs. For extra height, place egg cups on a cake stand. • Turn ceramic bowls over and rest another on top to create height, and place large blooms inside floating on water like gerberas.
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Purple Wreaths R30 each for hire Purple Bulbs R10 each for hire Glass Eggs Large R15 each for hire, Medium R10 each for hire and Small R5 each for hire Paper Mache Eggs R2.50 for hire and Silver Foiled Eggs R2.50 each for hire 44 | www.ingoodcompany.co.za
“For bold and budget friendly cake toppers buy children’s figurines, they can then also be played with afterwards.”
INGE’S BABY BOY SHOWER
real good party advice • Display clothing gifts as part of the decoration by pegging to a clothesline. Match the colours of the clothes and pegs to that of the party. • Serve food that ties in with the theme: zoo biscuits were perfect and even colour coordinated! • The host gift was all things a new mom needs to take when travelling with a baby: baby bag, nappies, nappy bags, bum cream, wet wipes, dummy and dummy chain etc. Once the gift was opened and stowed away, guests were then asked to try and see if they can remember everything that Inge would need “on safari”.
Skip the flowers, and opt for furry animal soft toys instead – perfect to decorate the safari themed nursery.
Animal rubber bath toys swam in the champagne bucket of mini bottles of champagne.
New facecloths were used as napkins and folded to look like baby nappies, fastened with safety pins - all useful for the new mom.
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Fill baby bottles with sweet treats for guests to take home
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This collection includes the following: Easter baskets Crayon boxes Cupcake picks Basket tags Mini-standees Cupcake wrappers Bag toppers Placemats Lawn picks Coloring page Pennant banner “Happy Easter” Wearable Bunny Ears Full page patterned paper All items featured in this collection, are formatted to be printed on A4 paper. You will be e-mailed the pdf files that includes all the above within 24 hours of receipt of payment. Just print out as many as you need...and voila…it’s a party! We recommend printing on heavy cardstock, unless otherwise noted.
Planning an Easter egg hunt? Paper & Cake have the path decorated, and the baskets too. This sweet springy collection in pink and green has everything you need to make your Easter hop!
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Happy Easter Printable Party Designed by Paper & Cake R50 for the complete pdf. file
GOOD TO KNOW
The Easter Bunny is very similar in trait to its Christmas holiday counterpart, Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to good children on the night before their respective holiday. Its origin, mentioned in print as early as 1620, can be traced to the German fertility goddess Ēostre. The Easter Bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have its origins in Alsace and southwestern Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1600s. The first edible Easter Bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s and were made of pastry and sugar. The Easter Bunny was introduced to America by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The “Oster Hawse” would, if the children had been good, lay brightly coloured eggs in the nest. As the tradition spread, the nest has become the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets.
The Easter Bunny (or Easter Hare) is a character depicted as an anthropomorphic rabbit. In legend, the creature brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house for the children to find when they wake up in the morning.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR EARS MATERIALS Personal Computer Colour Printer Heavy weight paper Scissors Glue Decorations: Glitter Cotton Wool Coloured tissue paper Sequins Etc.
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Easter wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter Bunny! So we’ve designed some great Bunny Ears for you to cut out, make and decorate to your hearts desire!
DIRECTIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Ask a grown up for help, then carefully cut out the ears and headband by following the dotted lines. To make your headband, glue or tape the two halves together. Take your headband, measure it to fit your head so it sits at the top of your forehead and behind your ears. Cut off any excess, then glue or tape the band together to form a circle. To make your ears, cut them out along the lines. It is now time to decorate your ears - we love using glitter, cotton wool and coloured tissue paper. When you have finished decorating your ears simply attach them to the inside of the headband where you think they will look best.
GIVEAWAY Why not send us a picture of you wearing your bunny ears - the sillier the better! Email us at contactus@ ingoodcompany.co.za and we will send you the complete Easter Printable Party from Paper&Cake for free!
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You are bound to have a whole basket of Easter eggs, so put them to good use with a few of these fun activities just be sure not to get egg on your face!
EASTER EGG HUNT Egg hunt is a game during which decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial ones filled with, or made of chocolate candies, of various sizes, are hidden for children to find, both indoors and outdoors. When the hunt is over, prizes may be given for the largest number of eggs collected, or for the largest or the smallest egg. EGG TAPPING Egg tapping contests is a traditional game played where hard boiled pace eggs are distributed and each player hits the other player’s egg with their own. The winner is the holder of the last intact egg. The losers get to eat their eggs. EGG ROLLING Egg rolling is also a traditional Easter egg game played with in England, Germany, and other countries where children traditionally roll eggs down hillsides at Easter. EGG DANCE Egg dance is a traditional Easter game in which eggs are laid on the ground or floor and the goal is to dance among them without damaging any eggs which originated in Germany. In the UK the dance is called the hopegg. PACE EGG The Pace Egg plays are traditional village plays, with a rebirth theme. The drama takes the form of a combat between the hero and villain, in which the hero is killed and brought to life. EGG AND SPOON RACE In the Egg and Spoon Race, contestants line up next to each other on a starting line each with one raw egg placed on a spoon. Racers have a point across the yard to race to (point B), turn around and come back to where they started (point A). Racers must balance the egg in the spoon, without using their free hand, and make it from point A to point B and back to point A again. If the egg drops, but is not broken, the racer may pick up the egg, while standing still (no travelling!), reposition it on the spoon and resume the race. The first person back to point A without a broken egg wins!
GOOD TO KNOW
Plan one or two games or activities at the baby shower, it is great for the guests to get to know one another and have a change of pace while the mom opens all the pressies.
Make a Bow Have each guest blow a balloon and place it under their shirts like a pregnant mummy, then have tie your shoe laces/take them on and off races. Bright Bird Balloons R35 for a pack of 12 in mixed colours
Measure Mummy’s Tummy Have a roll of ribbon and ask each guest to cut off a piece the length that they think will wrap around the mom-to-be’s tummy. The closet to the actual size wins a small prize. Ribbon from 50cents per metre
Pass the Parcel Wrap up a pretty package layer after layer of paper, in between have sweets and either baby trivia questions or “pass on” instructions: like give to the person who is the youngest in the room, or one with the most children, or who is wearing pink. Mini lollipops R for a bag of 10
Don’t say Baby Give each guest a few clothes pegs, and instructions not to say “baby”, if someone hears them they can take one of their pegs. After a specific period of time, the winner is the one with the most pegs. Colourful Pegs R for a pack of
JULIE’S BABY SHOWER
real good party advice • Split the role of hostess between a few people, not only does this cut down the cost, but also allows each lady to showcase her talents. Julie’s best friend from high school, Alex hosted the shower at her Mom’s home, Romay (Julie’s good friend from Deloitte days) did the catering amoung other things and Julie’s Mom Emily helped out with the favours. • If possible have a sit down event, this allows everyone to have a seat especially as sometimes opening all the gifts can take a while. To pass the time Romay organised a few games including baby bingo, a guestbook was passed around, and food and drinks were within easy reach. • As a special touch, Romay quizzed all her “mummy” friends for really good baby advice and bound this in a book for Julie to refer to in the future. Needless to say this book is priceless!
The knitted booties were handmade by Julie’s Mom, and were used as favour holders for the zoo biscuits and tea bags.
Co-host Romay baked the cupcakes and cake, icing blocks of cake in different pastels and iced on letters to look like baby blocks.
PLASTIC BEARS, BLOCKS, BOTTLES, RATTLES AND DUMMIES, BABY CONFETTI , PAPER NAPKINS FLOWERSPOT CAKE FORKS IN GOOD COMPANY LINEN, TEAWARE (HOST’S OWN, VISIT IN GOOD COMPANY FOR SIMILAR)
For an instant “costume” dress the mom-to-be in a baby bib.
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Baby Showers: Original Ideas for an Unforgettable Day Amy Elliott Amazon Product Description You’ve agreed to host a baby shower, but do you know exactly what this important responsibility entails? “Baby Showers” contains all the information you need, from compiling the guest list and composing a menu to devising activities that will appeal to even the most jaded of shower attendees. It’s a must-have addition to any hostess’ library, whether you’re an accomplished party planner or throwing a shower for the very first time. Within its beautifully designed pages, “Baby Showers” offers quick, easy-to-read guidelines and modern, stylish ideas, making it a trusted resource you’ll refer to again and again. About the Author Amy Elliott is an editor at “Bridal Guide” magazine, where she also writes and produces a finejewelry column. Previously, she was a writer specializing in fashion and accessories at “The Knot” (theknot.com). She is the author of “A Passion for Charms”, “How to Be a Bridesmaid”, and “Baby Showers”, all published by Ryland Peters & Small. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Baby Showers: Ideas and Recipes for the Perfect Party Michele Adams Amazon Product Description The baby boomers’ babies have started a baby boom of their own, and Baby Showers is the ideal guide for today’s host. With four stylish and contemporary party themes, Baby Showers offers menus, decorating ideas, simple projects for favors and gifts, and activities to suit a range of personalities. The cheery Daisy Brunch treats Mom to a sunny morning buffet with a vibrant daisy theme and a delicious array of breakfast treats. Luncheon pampers the expectant guest with a sumptuous and healthy menu, and favor bags filled with natural beauty products. Decorating the Nursery brings family and friends together for fun foods and an afternoon of sprucing up baby’s new room. An Heirlooms and Memories shower encourages guests to contribute to a scrapbook that mom and baby will cherish for years to come. Each themed party comes with a “Party Planner” that will help the host to pull off party preparations with ease and flair. From choosing the site and sending the invites, to decorating and hosting a memorable, heartfelt affair, Baby Showers truly delivers-everything but baby. About the Author Michele Adams is a writer and stylist with a background in design and architecture. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California and was formerly an associate editor for Martha Stewart Living. Gia Russo is a stylist with a background in product, interior, and floral design. Formerly an associate editor for Martha Stewart Living, she now lives in Santa Monica, California.
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