Kirsten’s Bebe Shower
By Kirsten McKechnie
A little over a month ago I became a first-time mumma to a beautiful little baby girl. So far it has been an absolutely incredible journey, coming to know and adore this tiny little person who depends on us and it’s been beautiful having all our friends and family gather up close and support us with home-cooked meals and little surprises here and there to get us through the cold and dark of Winter combined with the sleepless reality of new parenthood.
I was lucky enough to share a wonderfully sunny afternoon, not all that long before our beautiful babe arrived, with some of my closest friends. Together we celebrated the little life inside my growing belly with lots of cake, cookies and fun activities.
We had a gorgeous oversized balloon tied to the front porch to help guide guests to the house and matching honeycomb tissue balls dotted around the house. I chose pink and gold as the theme colours, mostly because I love them but it helps that they match the house decor and we knew the baby was a girl too.
Of course the food was foremost in my mind when we planned the day; we had so many beautiful cakes and biscuits to share, including a vegan chocolate cake, iced lemon cake, a classic sponge with passionfruit icing and lots of cream and the pièce de résistance, Rosemary, Vanilla and Blackberry Cake/ ‘Pony Cake‘ which we transformed into ‘Rocking Horse Cake’ to fit the occasion. My mother created ginger ‘Pram Cookies’ and there were scones and meringues- pregnant lady heaven!!
I also whipped up a giant batch of sausage rolls (I’ll share the recipe for these with you soon!) and friends brought cheese and fruit platters to satisfy those savoury cravings.
One of my closest friends organised some activities such as a cut-out/mash-up of my husband’s and my own face and a ‘Guess the name/date/weight etc’ exercise, which made for some very entertaining reading later on!
We set up a ‘Burp Cloth Stamping Station’ in the backyard so that guests could get creative with some permanent inks and create something amazingly useful for after the baby arrived. I cannot tell you how amazing these have been. They are a gorgeous memento but we use these constantly. If you are ever charged with organising a baby shower I cannot recommend this activity highly enough, I don’t know what I would do without them! I bought these cloths and they wash so well (believe me, they get washed a lot!) I purchased gorgeous hand carved stamps from Etsy seller Talktothesun, (it was so hard to choose just a couple) and inks from Yellow Owl Workshop. All you have to do is stamp away and then ironing the ink causes it to set.
I created lots and lots of handmade soaps as party favours with a little sign that said ‘From my shower to yours’ (hilarious, right? haha) and that was the day done. It was very special sharing the day with all of our friends and family. This little girl is very lucky to have such an amazing community around her and I can’t wait to watch her grow into an amazing woman- but not too quickly!