Baby Shower personalised yummy honey!!

These personalised honey pots are so sticky and yummy!! What a great favour and personalised too just to make it that extra special gift for your baby shower!

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Baby Shower Favours of the month!!

This month’s favourite favours are these very cute personalised lollipops which make a sweet and cute favour for any baby shower!!

Also make a great centrepiece for a baby shower decoration!! Avaliable in pink and blue.

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Baby Shower Cakepops!! yum yum!!

Got into office this morning to find a delivery that we had just received  of these amazing baby themed cakepops!

Need something unique for a baby shower ? Look no further! Let these cakepops be the stars, make an amazing centrepiece or even favours for your friends and family!

Choose pink, blue or neutral. YUM YUM!!

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Personalised Baby Vests are hot this week!!

Brand new personalised baby vest lollipops are flying out this week. Amazing new product, which has taken us by storm!

Available in pink, blue or red with personalised gift tag and matching ribbon. Amazing prices. Can be used as a baby shower centrepiece or individual gifts for friends and family.

Personalised Lollipop Vests

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New baby shower personalised products!!

This has been an exciting couple of weeks here at Tubs! I have just joined the team and am loving it!! I’m so excited with the amazing baby products that I’m seeing and have been photographing this week. The sun is shining and the babies are growing so time to share some of the products for summer baby showers.

Kelly xx

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Baby Shower Power!

 “No one says, while unwrapping a Tiffany rattle, that during those first weeks, you will feel like you’re drowning in an abyss, or that you will eat like a woman possessed; or that there’s never anything to wear; or that you can’t sleep when you want to; or that visitors come when they shouldn’t. Not to mention the trauma of expressing, nipple thrush, haemorrhoids and depression”.

There is a notion that most baby shower gatherings don’t achieve what they are meant to – the realities of motherhood are skipped over. It’s not surprising really given the somewhat gruesome details that could be shared whilst having tea and cake! Should baby showers really be about sharing all this useful but rather scary information? It does sound worse than it actually is and for some it really isn’t half as bad as expected. Who are you to tell a mum-to-be that she’s going to get depression, nipple thrush and goodness knows what else – your experiences could be totally different.

A baby shower should be a girlie event (most men would agree), a gathering of the nearest and dearest to have a giggle and offer support before baby arrives. There needn’t be a structure; there needn’t even be presents (shock, horror!).

It’s about creating a support network so mum-to-be knows who she can call on if she needs a helping hand or simply a chat over the phone. A sneaky game or two could be added to get a few giggles going but nothing too over the top or blatantly tacky. Woefully embarrassing games put the fear in to your guests so simply avoid them. Baby trivia is a good one to play and can bring out some surprising facts for discussion – a great ice breaker if some guests don’t know each other.

Most importantly just relax. There is no format – it’s not a wedding. It’s all about the mum-to-be and getting the girls together – perhaps for the last time in a little while!

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My Top 5 London Baby Shower Venues

The venue for your baby shower is just the beginning to creating a stunning afternoon or evening and therefore, choosing the right setting for the occasion is fundamental. A venue will be specific to you and will appeal to everything you want from the day to ensure that there is the right mix of atmosphere, location, space, and comfort for guests. Our speciality is making every baby shower unique and The Ultimate Baby Shower aims to make every event one to remember. I look for venues for customers, which have an elegant quintessentially British feel that contain brilliant airy spaces and sumptuous sofas to ensure that the host and guests enjoy the most exclusive service that the company has to offer.

Here I unveil my top five London venues for hosting the most exclusive baby showers and welcoming parties.

The Pelham Hotel is my favourite venue and mixes an enchanting blend of uniquely English traditional style with unexpected modern flair. This hotel has a relaxed atmosphere and is set in a cosmopolitan location making it the ideal choice for your sophisticated baby shower. Visit: www.pelhamhotel.co.uk.

The Dorchester, Central London in the heart of Mayfair offers glorious views over the green expanse of Hyde Park, the Dorchester is inherently British combining 1930’s glamour with a contemporary edge. For more information on the Dorchester Hotel visit: www.thedorchester.com

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park offers English elegance and liberal luxury. The Mandarin Oriental is the most fashionable venue in town. Set in Hyde Park, this venue invites comfort and unending glamour, making it the most exclusive home from home to host your baby shower. Visit: www.mandarinoriental.com/London

 

The Hempel Hotel  is sleek and stylish, this luxury botique hotel offers elegance and simplicity and is set in a tranquil garden square near to Hyde Park and Notting Hill away from other crowded London hotels. Visit: www.the-hempel.co.uk

The Lanesborough Hotel is set in an enviable location in the heart of central London, this 19th centuray hotel captures the gracious style and hospitality of an early 19th century residence and is the perfect venue for a Quintessentially British baby shower. Visit: www.lanesborough.com

The Ultimate Baby Shower also offers the finest selection of hand-picked gifts, accessories and baby shower essentials including unique invitations and favours, hand crafted cupcakes and cookies, luxury decorations and tableware, fun baby shower games and an extensive range of original presents for mum, dad and baby. What’s more, The Ultimate Baby Shower has all the information needed to create a fabulous baby shower plus an extensive list of recommended venues and caterers.

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How to Have a UK Baby Shower by Ally Atkins

The word ‘baby shower’ generates a fairly specific set of images to many people.  To some it involves an afternoon filled with over-the-top themed decorations, themed food, themed games and baby-talk. This is the legacy of the stereotypical American baby shower.

My own insight and one that suits us rather self-aware Brits is to curb the over-the-top themed décor – we all know less is more. Get a gaggle of girlfriends together and indulge in an afternoon of delicious finger foods, champagne, alcohol free cocktails, laughter in abundance and plenty of advice for mummy-to-be.

My personal notion of what a baby shower should be about came after the birth of my first daughter. I’d always had the American stereotype in mind and didn’t consider organising such an event for myself.

However, after having my daughter and finding my life turned upside down and back-to-front, I did feel there should be a more ‘British’ way for ladies to celebrate such a life-changing event. A baby shower is, after all, a celebration – of the mother as much as the baby. It’s akin to a hen night but with less alcohol – a rallying of the troops, all the girls together with tips and advice about what is in store.

Becoming pregnant has to be the most life-changing event of all. While we’re familiar with celebrating the key birthdays, engagements, marriages, retirements and even divorces, pregnancy isn’t usually on the radar. In Britain we have gatherings once the baby arrives so all friends and relatives have the chance to have a peek and pass on messages of congratulations. However, this focus is on the arrival of the baby. What about the mum?

Baby showers are fun! They all have that in common but, rather than focusing on over-the-top themes and embarrassing games, move the emphasis to showing mummy-to-be she has a support network and give all the tips and advice you can think of!  Make a fuss of her, it’s all going to be about the child(ren) from here on in! Perhaps we should call it a ‘Mummy Shower!’

So, how do you go about it? Decorations are important but think about the pregnant mother’s tastes – vintage tableware is becoming very popular along with a few baby themed balloons and the odd banner or pieces of bunting adorning the walls. Mix flowers, butterflies, pastel colours and shabby chic in with the baby theme. This breaks it up and creates a well-designed party space to get the girls together. The Ultimate Baby Shower doesn’t just focus on the well-known baby themes, I’ve purposefully sourced a wide range of elegant girlie themes to mix and match to create a stylish room(s).

Games don’t need to be the sole focus and they certainly don’t need to be woefully embarrassing – as so many are. Baby trivia is a great ice breaker to encourage guests to mingle and laugh together; another popular one we have sourced involves baby scan photos and a list of baby parts to identify – much harder than you may imagine. Perhaps the most important is the advice cards. Every new mummy should have a set of advice cards from her close friends / relatives. They are there to look at at any time and some favours to call in would never go amiss….

Delicious food – canapés, a buffet or the ever-popular afternoon tea – is important and provides a natural break. Champagne and / or alcohol free cocktails create a refined table setting. Put out all the favours (thank you gifts) for guests to see and admire before they take them home. We have a huge range of beautifully designed favours and receive fabulous feedback regarding their impact – definitely worth a look.

What about the gifts? A stereotypical baby shower does tend to have too much emphasis on the gifts, which can be off-putting. Many people prefer to give the gifts after baby has arrived and this tends to suit us more superstitious Brits. If this is preferred then put a note on the invitation that you’re having a ‘mummy shower’ and gifts are not necessary. Saying that though, some parents-to-be do need help preparing for a new baby. In this case it may be a good idea to create a gift list, which we offer at The Ultimate Baby Shower. It doesn’t need to involve hugely expensive items but getting the essentials together before baby arrives can be a great start. We offer a wealth of advice to help putting these lists together.

Finally, to the guests – I’ve read a number of articles lately about men being invited to baby showers and the fact that couples baby showers are becoming the in-thing. I have to say I disagree with that, and judging by the comments on Twitter I’d say the men are not too keen either. It is customary for the new dad to wet the baby’s head after the birth and celebrate with his friends in that way. The baby shower is about celebrating the mum and nobody can do this better than her girlfriends.  It’s about creating a support network, which will be there long after the little addition arrives.

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Baby Shower Venue – Where Do You Start?

Okay, so you’d like to host a baby shower but where on earth do you have it? It’s not an easy question to answer and a lot depends on your location and budget. The cheapest solution is at someone’s home. If the weather is lovely then a garden tea party is my first suggestion – for a quintessentially English tone. Think elegant baby themed cupcakes and cookies, dainty sandiwches, floral teapots…. If the weather is vile then a conservatory or sitting room is fine. Don’t go over the top with baby themes – less is more. Vintage themes, butterflies, floral arrangements, cookie bouquets and cake stands laden with yummy desserts always go down a treat!

If a venue is preferred then a hotel lounge, conservatory, private room or restaurant work very well. Private rooms are better if you can afford them because you have the space to spread out and you don’t need to worry about annoying other diners with all the baby-talk and girlie giggles. Pink champagne? Always goes down well with the guests. We have a range of venues we recommend – cosy rooms with sofas and comfy chairs are the most popular. I always look for elegant and beautiful yet relaxed and homely spaces. If you would like some suggestions then get in touch. The venue is just the beginning to creating a lovely afternoon or evening event.

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Baby Shower Games – are they important?

Baby shower games are seen as an integral part of any baby shower but they don’t have to be the sole focus unless you choose them to be. If you have a number of guests then a low key game such as a baby themed trivia can be a good ice breaker to encourage mingling. It gives everyone an immediate focus. Small events may not need an ice breaker and games certainly are not a necessity but something fun like designing bibs for the new mummy to keep can be a lovely addition if there is a bit of down-time to fill.

If you would rather avoid games altogether then crack open the champagne, pour the alcohol-free cocktails and engage in some good old fashioned chatter with plenty of laughter and advice for mummy-to-be!

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