Hi Tabitha, what inspired your whimsical elephant themed baby shower?
I wanted to do something different, not just follow trends or repeat something seen on pinterest. The word I came up with as I was trying to think of a theme was ‘imagination’. Children live in a world full of imagination, and so I wanted to play on that idea for my baby shower. So from imagination stemmed clouds, hot air balloons, tea cups, soft colours and I wanted to pick an animal that suited boys, and decided on elephants.
What were the special details you added to your invitations to make them unique?
Attention to details and a unique drawing. My mum painted the picture of the elephant in the balloon, I did the typography and put it all together, adding a cloud pattern to the inside of the envelope, little wraps around the invites, with cloud tags (individual names printed on them), I bought yellow flower stamps from Australia Post specially as they fitted my theme. It was a real joy putting them together. I even sealed them up with some cloud washi tape.
What resources did you use to plan for your shower?
– I used Evernote to collate links and jot down ideas
– Pinterest for sourcing visual inspiration.
– My amazing good friend from highschool, who had started a business doing ‘high tea’ parties for borrowing teacups, teapots, cake stands and chairs.
– My artistic mother to bounce ideas around with, and help me with baking.
How many guests attended?
Did you play any games at your shower? If so what were they?
No, we decided to keep things simple. I live 4 hours away from Sydney, which is where most of my family and friends live, so I don’t get to see them often. So rather than making things more complex for ourselves, we made the party more easy going and just caught up with everyone. Lots of chatting and enjoying everyone’s company. It made the day less stressful, as all we had to worry about was getting the food and drinks out, and then relax and enjoy it.
What foods did you serve?
I went a bit crazy the day before and did heaps of baking, including cloud doughnuts, cupcakes, mini lemon pies, sandwiches and elephant biscuits. We also bought some tarts and fruit. We probably went a bit overkill on the food, but I love baking, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
What would your top tip be to anyone planning a baby shower?
Get lots of help! Being creative, I can’t help myself and did a lot myself! As I had to travel for the party, I couldn’t bring much with me, so I got there two nights before, and spent a full day baking, finishing making decorations and setting up. My parents helped out, but it was still a big day, and when heavily pregnant, probably not the best idea, I had terrible reflux the night after and my feet went really bloated for the first time. So my advice, is don’t be crazy like me, being pregnant is hard on the body, so get lots of help, and make other people do the baking!
Thank so much Tabitha for sharing your beautiful baby shower with us. Check out Tabitha’s blog here.