Baby Shower: Party Up in The Sky
As we all know, baby showers have been growing in popularity over the last few years. Us Brits are now giving our friends from across the pond a run for their money when it comes to throwing an amazing shower. It is one of the last times mums to be can get together with family and friends to celebrate the imminent new arrival (before being up to her eyes in nappies)! For guests, it’s a chance to spoil the new mum and to make sure she has everything she needs for when baby arrives.
Up up and away…..
For our most recent baby shower event, we had the pleasure of styling a shower in the Li Room of the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard. This now iconic building speaks for itself. Standing at nearly 310 metres high, there was really no other theme to go for than being “up in the clouds”. As we had been asked to style this event, we had to conceptualise decor for a gift table, centerpieces and a feature corner. The Li room is very intimate and we were conscious not to overfill the room so there would be enough space for the guests to move around comfortably. Afternoon Tea was being served, so we had to make sure there was room for this.
on cloud nine
Once we had decided on the theme, we couldn’t wait to get started on bringing it to life. Our client didn’t know the sex of her baby so we also wanted to incorporate this into the decor. We worked closely with our client’s sister who was able to help us out with some of our ideas!
For the gift table, we used frames to peg polaroid style photos of the parents to be along with blue and pink footprints. This added a personal feel to the event which we always like to include.
The client’s sister brought a puzzle so guests could write their words of wisdom on a jigsaw piece. This was a great idea and a lovely keepsake for the mum to be. She also used a drawing where guests could guess the baby’s gender using their thumbprint. The idea being all the thumbprints will look like raindrops. This was framed and given to our client after the shower. We used a larger frame and gold pen to write on the glass to encourage the guests to have a guess and leave some kind words.
Floating on Air
The Li room has a small corner space that was perfect for a feature corner. Being on the 34th floor, we wanted to give the feel of floating among the clouds. We took the traditional ABC boxes idea and gave it a little twist. In fact. we made each of the boxes into fluffy white clouds, each with a letter attached which, when put together spelt BABY. After that we then made hot air balloons out paper lanterns and placed one on the top box to give the illusion of it floating. Similarly to the large signage frame on the gift table, we used a smaller frame and wrote some baby shower poems on the glass. To accompany this, we used a wooden signage post to display a popular baby shower poem which is great for gender neutral baby showers or a gender reveal party.
Finishing off the concept were shaped clusters of white balloons acting as clouds. With the London skyline in the background, the decor lent itself really well to the theme.
Floating away on cloud nine
As there were over twenty guests attending and lots of fun and games planned, the table centrepieces couldn’t take up too much room. To create the flower filled terrariums, we used white roses, eustoma, and berries, using wooden logs to give them a little lift.
Of course, we had to use some soft toys somewhere in the decor for this event! We gave them a little spruce up with blue and pink ribbons around their necks to make sure they were gender neutral. These were then placed with some of the terrariums while others were placed with gold painted booties, dummies or bottles.
Drifting back down to earth
We had so much fun coming up with ideas and styling this event. Also getting to work with the Shangri-la Team was a pleasure, they were so helpful and made our job so easy. Overall, we wanted to create a concept that was out of the box and hadn’t been done before. The location really helped us to do this and bring the theme to life. To end, we would like to wish the parents to be all the best for the safe arrival of their baby and all the best for their new future as parents!
Are you currently planning a baby shower or had an unforgettable shower yourself? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear all about it!
Do click here to view the previous baby shower we styled as well which had a gold and cream theme style.
Party Styling: YEP Enterprise
Photography: Panayis Pictures
Venue: Shangri-La at The Shard