Honey had told us she didn’t want a baby shower – the words “I don’t like those games” met with a funny up face when I mentioned “baby shower” made me laugh, but I understood.
Well, I understood as much as I could without having had a baby/baby shower myself. I’ve been to my fair share of baby showers with nappy changing, burping and eating like a baby! It’s festive and gets the laughs but it’s not really my style – so I knew where Honey was coming from.
The kind of baby celebrations I like best aren’t with games or about presents, they’re about sharing fears and excitements, having good conversations and sitting and slowly enjoying food. In fact… give me a wedding/engagement/birthday like that I’d be one happy gal!
But I couldn’t bare the thought that Honey was about to welcome her first baby into the world, and didn’t want to celebrate. Any excuse for a party I say!
So I wasn’t letting her get away with it… I was already thinking about what great, thoughtful gift I could give her and her partner Stew when their baby was born.
Then I thought – wouldn’t a celebration be a great gift? I mean, we do share a business where our motto is ‘celebrating life’s moments’. So here’s my chance to really plan a celebration ….Confetti style!
Prompted also by Mary (Honey’s mother-in-law) asking if we were planning anything, the next night I felt like such a secret squirrel messaging her partner Stew.
“I was thinking of planning a surprise baby shower for you and Honey. And I know what Honey will say as she doesn’t like the idea of baby shower’s ….but this one will be special and involve lots of food! What do you think!?”
“Sounds good!!!” he said.
…and with that we were mission baby shower!
I knew I had a crew of awesome people to back me, so I messaged some of Honey’s good friends and family for help, and sent out a Facebook invitation to friends and family. Before I knew it we had a collection of style, food, help and fun to warrant a Confetti photoshoot!
Now for location… well… we knew Honey and Stew were going to name their baby girl Ocean, so it was inevitable we were going to have the party down at a perfect setting under a beautiful tree at our local beach.
All was going to plan, until poor Honey and Stew were up the night before with pre labour pains (Ocean arrived 2 days later!) so they were a little delayed but that didn’t stop the party!
The food was ready and waiting and guests had begun to tuck in. It included some of Honey’s favourites… antipasto platters with a collection of cold meats, cheeses, dips (which the mum to be could enjoy) fresh Bruschetta, yummy sandwiches, the most awesome meringues, donuts, slices, quiches and more! Plus a mint and berry punch to wash it all down. It was a beach feast to be admired.
While the kids played in the trees and adults caught up and laughed, the water was calm and the sun was shining – I stepped back and thought – this is so special, Honey will love it!
Karen styled the scene simply with some driftwood staked into the sand to form a private little area for our gathering, and a collection of beachy blankets, cushions and throws to relax and chat on.
Megan was snapping away her camera capturing everyone enjoying the moment.
Ash also made Honey and Stew’s favourite cake – a traditional cream sponge!
Go team!! It was perfect.
When Honey and Stew arrived, they caught us by surprise! Coming from a different direction, Honey was brimming with smiles and curiosity. When she finally realised what was happening I think she was so grateful to see all her loved ones together to catch up before the big arrival and enjoy some lovely food. There were lots of happy tears, laughter and excitement…
Reflections from Honey – I am always one for a party, I love any excuse… but for some reason I’ve always avoided any of the traditional ‘milestone’ parties (expect my birthday) because I’m really put off by all the ‘things’ you are supposed to do at baby showers, weddings, etc. Having Teegan arrange a secret baby shower wasn’t something I was expecting nor was it something I thought I wanted… but once I walked onto the beach and saw all the people I loved smiling back at me in a beautiful setting I felt very grateful.
Since having Ocean I’ve realised even more how important it is to capture these precious moments and milestones. I’ve always loved looking back at photos of events, but now having a new little person in my life I value these ‘moments’ ten times more. I look back at these photos from my ‘non’ baby shower with grateful eyes. I am so lucky to have beautiful friends and family who understand me and celebrate this. A massive THANK YOU to Teegan for adding another wonderful celebration to my memory bank.