A Botanical Baby Shower
Sometimes we show you the gritty reality of parenting or even those parties where the kids just get covered in mud and dirt (Mabel’s birthday being a case in point) and sometimes we show you ALL the pretty. Today most definitely falls in to the latter. What is not to love about a Bank Holiday Monday filled with pretty blooms and fun flamingos?
I didn’t have a baby shower but if I had I would most definitely be coveting one of these epic floral arches. I mean, it is too much. This is a gorgeously pink, totally decadent Baby Shower, and if you want to be surrounded by a room full of flowers, fun and flamingos on your special day then I say go for it.
Liesl Lamare, an event and wedding planner in London, was expecting a baby girl and wanted to celebrate the imminent arrival of her little lady over brunch at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. The venue’s new private dining room which boasts botanical and tropical prints, gold palm tree lamps and a decadent gold leaf ceiling inspired the theme for the baby shower.
Liesl also wanted to incorporate a fun flamingo within the design to complement the botanical elements as well as lots of pink because she was having a girl.
To buck tradition Liesl wanted to include Andrew, her husband, in the celebrations as he was the dad-to-be, and together they invited their close male and female friends and family.
Guests received a hot pink envelope lined with sparkly gold glitter, containing a pink, contemporary design invitation to “flamingle” with them for their baby shower brunch.
As guests arrived at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, they walked through an impressive ombré pink wall of roses before entering the private dining room for brunch. The room was set with a long banqueting table with comfortable tub chairs upholstered in botanical and tropical prints. The table was decorated with a meadow of pink flowers and botanical foliage down the centre and elegant gold tea lights.
Upon arrival, guests were treated to green juice embellished with gold drink twirlers as well as gold and white stripey straws. Liesl and Andrew knew one of their guests would be their friends’ 2 year old daughter, so they arranged for a beautifully illustrated flamingo storybook and flamingo toy at her place setting as a gift.
The brunch menu started with an assortment of mini pastries as well as baked honey and maple granola with yoghurt. Guests then enjoyed Egg’s Benedict or crushed avocado on dark caraway toast as a main course alongside English breakfast tea and coffee. To finish, mum- and dad-to-be had a beautiful vanilla bean sponge cake with vanilla bean buttercream, white chocolate and raspberry ganache and raspberry preserve. The ivory cake was decorated with elegant gold stripes and a 2D pink flamingo, topped with a hot pink sugarpaste ranunculus flower and a gold glitter acrylic “Baby Girl” cake topper. Their cake sat atop a rose gold sequin tablecloth surrounded by large clear balloons containing fun hot pink feathers with pink tassel tails. To cut the cake, Liesl and Andrew used their Tiffany & Co cake knife and server set bought for them as an engagement gift which they had also used at their wedding.
As brunch concluded, guests were gifted gold spotted tubs containing pink, strawberry flavoured popcorn favours with a flamingo “ready to pop” label.
Julie Michaelsen photographed Liesl and Andrew’s baby shower brunch.
SUPPLIERS: Rose Gold sequin tablecloth by The Sweet Party Shop. Flower wall entrance by Early Hours. Pink popcorn by Empire Popcorn. Cake Topper by Miss Cake. Calligraphy by Judy Broad. Cake by The Abigail Bloom Cake Company. Stationery by Dimitria Jordan. Floral Design by Wildabout Flowers. Planning by Lamare London. Balloons by Bubblegum Balloons. Photography by Julie Michaelsen.