Rio, founder of wedding inspiration website www.brideclubme.com was one of the creative brains behind this fresh and elegant baby shower which she helped create for her best friend and soon-to-be-mum. You can imagine our delight, when we learnt that she had paired up with a number of other creative ladies including Joelle from Lovely Styling. Yes, it is all sorts of lovely and more. We love all celebrations here at `I am captivated` especially celebrations that have that extra WOW factor. We are sure you will agree that this event is just that! For me a baby shower is the perfect excuse to create an event that has style and class while still celebrating the anticipation of a new little bundle. I love how the ladies involved, tastefully added the perfect amount of `baby shower` details but still managed to keep the event unique and seriously stylish!
To see more of what the mum-to-be and her friends got up to, be sure to pick up a copy of Mother, Baby & Child Magazine. In the meantime, here are a few pre-event images from Enchante Studios to wet your appetite…take a look.
A few questions we thought you might like to hear the answers to…
1. Where did the baby shower take place?
The mummy to-be ‘Darine’ had chosen three of her closest friends and her sister to organise her baby shower, and we all gladly obliged. Choosing the location for the baby shower was one of my responsibilities and working in the industry I do, I am fortunate enough to be acquainted with many stunning venues within Dubai and the UAE. Since the theme of the shower was centered on a ‘High Tea’ Garden Party, with a “vintage” twist, I of course knew I needed an outdoor venue. I chose The Address Montgomerie, Academy terrace, firstly because of its gorgeous green landscape and stunning Dubai city skyline backdrop, and secondly because I trusted the events and FnB team to do a sterling job. They also offered a great baby shower package.
2. The theme for the shower, what inspired you to create this theme?
Darine expressed to me that she loved the vibe at my wedding (held at the Desert Palm Dubai) and wanted something similar for her shower. So, as mentioned above, we agreed on a ‘High tea Garden party baby shower, with a vintage twist’. I and Darines sister ‘Hanna’ chose a navy blue, lemon yellow and white colour scheme and wanted to keep the shower classy and elegant.
3. Did you have any games, activities for the mom-to-be and her friends?
Our friend Camilla Hassan was in charge of the baby games, and they were awesome. The first game ‘Guess the baby food’ involved placing various baby foods into bowls, unnamed. Guests then had to guess the food in each bowl (of course using separate spoons) and then write down what they thought they were on a piece of paper. Once all the ladies had tasted the food, (accompanied with a few looks of complete repulsion, he-he) Camilla then revealed the winner, or in this case WINNERS.
The second game ‘Measure the bump’ is quite a common baby shower game, but it always goes down a treat. A baby shower is perhaps the only time in life that it’s socially acceptable to guest the measurements of a pregnant woman’s expanding waistline. So why not have fun with it? Each player at the baby shower cuts to length from the paper strip with decorative “inch” lines. The length closest to the actual circumference of the mum to-be’ waist line wins!
Lastly, Camilla organised a game whereby players had to guess the weight and date of birth and weight of the soon to-be new born. Darine will be announcing the winner of that game in a few months, yay! All winners of all games got small prizes, including a scented candle and Orly nail varnish.
4. Any tips when arranging a baby shower?
I do indeed. Unless the mum to-be has hired an external planner, and/or is not paying for the shower herself, ensure you have the time and finances to help organise a shower. It is time consuming, but worth every second of seeing your expectant friend smile.
The four of us met and delegated out responsibilities, we also ensured that the costs were split fairly, although Darines sister and mum, did contribute the largest amount being family. That said, we worked on strict budget and had ways to cut costs. For example, I brought props for the photo-booth from Daiso and IKEA, Lujain (one of Darines friends) hand-made some props too. I recycled some of my items from my own wedding and used them at the shower, such as the card box and to avoid drops outs and cancelations, I asked guests to pay in advance for their set menu, otherwise I would have been the one incurring cancellation fees.
The event was quite big, with 22 ladies in attendance and when numbers hit a certain amount, venues always require a deposit.
Plan in advance and be organised….and most of all, have fun with it!
5. Who was involved in the styling of the shower?
In regards to the baby shower décor and styling, that role was down to Hanna (Darines sister) and myself and one I personally wanted to do, having a natural love for creativity and DIY. We agreed on the colour scheme, I guided my designer Maha on signage for the event, purchased cute items such as the yummy mummy sign placed on the back of Darines chair, sourced the handmade flower crowns for the ladies, picked up the DIY Photo booth tassel garland and so on, ensuring everything matched with the colour scheme. When it came to the table Scape styling (the most important of all), I simply had to call upon the services of my fellow wedding lovely Joelle from ‘Lovely Styling’. I’ve known Joelle for a while and love her sense of creativity and ability to help budget brides create a gorgeous wedding theme. Joelle immediately got the look we were wanting to achieve and I think the pictures of the table scape speaks for itself.
Suppliers and all of Darines friends/family who helped create a gorgeous baby shower for one of the loveliest mummy’s out there. See below:
Co-Organisers: Rio, Hannah, Lujain and Camilla.
Photography: Enchante Studios
Flowers & Table Scape Styling: Joelle at Lovely Styling
Baby Shower E-vite: Love Notes UAE
Yummy Mummy Chair Sign: Nifty Little Things
Flower Crowns: Angel Baby UAE
Tassel Garland: ReMADE DXB
Card box: Made by Rio at www.brideclubme.com
Baby shower games: Made & arranged by Camilla
Photo booth and entrance sign: Maha Ibrahim
Photo booth: Team Mum
Baby Props’ and stripy lemonade stand straws: Ritu at Creative Box
Photo booth bottle and dummy props: Made by Lujain
Baby shower cake: Made by Jennifer Byford Stride
Vintage baby shower scrap book: Made by Hanna