In the Victorian Era, a woman would keep her pregnancy a secret as long as possible. There could only be the merest hint that a woman might be expecting, and the “tea parties” were held only after the baby was born. In the 21st century, baby shower participants can attempt to identify baby parts on an ultrasound as a game. Times may have changed, but the baby shower is still a celebration of the imminent arrival of a baby and a time of joy and festivity that should be spent with the nearest and dearest. If you are fortunate enough to have a little one on the way this fall, here are some ways that some celebrities spent their baby showers, some over the top, others more down to earth. Perhaps you will find inspiration in some of the following.
The Tupperware Party (Tori Spelling)
Although not many of us will have the opportunity to have our baby showers filmed as part of a reality show, there may be other elements of Tori’s party that you may want to borrow.The party colors were turquoise and brown, as was Tori’s outfit. There were grilled cheeses sandwiches, tuna melts, mini corn dogs, and pigs in a blanket, on the baby themed menu. Blue cotton candy and blueberry popsicles were among the all blue desserts served to match the color scheme. The “fake cake” was a centerpiece made by stacking layers of Tupperware to resemble a wedding cake. Talk about having your cake, and having your cake.
The Eco-Friendly Party (Sheryl Crow)
Leave it to the ever environmentally aware Sheryl Crow to throw an eco themed baby shower. A clothesline of baby clothes strung at the front door signaled the party’s location, with an organic onesie doubling for a sign-in book. The table was laid with environmentally friendly real silverware, as opposed to disposables, and decorated with napkins folded into ships embroidered with baby Wyatt’s name. Settings were adorned with a display of organic wheatgrass, and planter paper decorations were party favors for the guests to take home, to plant, in a fittingly symbolic gesture of birth. All food, flowers, and wine were organic, and the gifts were wrapped in blankets rather than paper, in keeping with the environmental theme.
Moroccan Theme (Britney Spears)
Britney went for a Moroccan theme at her Malibu home when she welcomed her first baby in August 2005. The guests were told to arrive at the extravagantly decorated bamboo tent where the festivities were held, “barefoot and beautiful.” Once there, they walked over the thousands of rose petals to a candle lit tent in which the Moroccan feast of brisket and salad Tangiers took place. Britney looked stunning in her black dress and cowboy boots, which she took off to have henna tattoos imprinted on her toes, and the main centerpiece was a cake in the shape of a large Moroccan pot with a baby on top. Guests got to play “Baby Item Name Game,” “Word Unscramble,” and “Guess How Big Britney’s Belly Is,” and all went home with a $545 gift bag filled with jewelry, clothes, and Britney’s “Curious” perfume.
Wizard of Oz Theme (Nicole Richie)
Beautiful as the decorations were, perhaps the most beautiful part of Nicole Richie’s baby shower was the fact that the couple asked that all gifts be donated to a children’s foundation for underprivileged mothers. Guests arrived with strollers, teddy bears, and car seats to help the cause.
A yellow brick road led to the party room where blue gingham topped tables held picnic baskets filled with stuffed Toto tools surrounded by roses, Miniature hot air balloons were placed throughout. The main centerpiece was a huge cake with ruby slippers bearing the words, “There’s no place like having a baby at home,” and a “Munchkinland” candy buffet rounded out the scene. Gifts were donated to the foundation, and Joel and Nicole threw an additional shower for 100 ladies at the Los Angeles Free Clinic shortly afterward.
Let us know if any of these inspired you, or let us know your own ideas. We love to hear it!