Wednesday 17 April 2013

Baby Shower

Three weeks ago, my closest friends organised a lovely afternoon for us to spend as ladies who lunch at New Hall Hotel & Spa for my baby shower. I knew they were planning a mini celebration but other than that, I kept my nose out of the planning and let them look after everything for me. They did a great job for my two hen do's and I made sure they knew I wasn't expecting something terribly fancy - it was more about gathering close friends and family for a get-together before baby arrives.

They had booked the Garden Room for traditional afternoon tea and managed with as much military precision as possible to get together 11 of us (or 11 and a half if you include bump) for traditional afternoon tea. This was no simple task either as the snow hit badly again and my mum and my best friend from back home and her daughter had to stay in Hampshire.

We enjoyed the Classic Tea option - reading this again now makes my mouth water! The peanut butter and jam macaroons were amazing and the mini passionfruit meringues were a firm favourite with everyone - and I lost count of how many cups of tea I had, it was so delicious!

  • Freshly prepared finger sandwiches including cucumber and smoked salmon
  • Freshly baked warm scones, with preserves and clotted cream
  • Selection of homemade mini desserts and cakes
  • Our afternoon tea menu is all home-made
  • All of the above is served with your choice from our extensive range of leaf teas and infusions

My friends had decorated the room with balloons and baby footprint confetti and each guest was given a beautiful butterfly cut-out on which to write advice to me, the mum-to-be, which we then hung along the wall. Everyone also made their predictions for baby's gender, date of birth and weight so we will see if anyone came close. Jokingly, we said the winner would get to choose the middle name of our baby but I can confirm this is NOT the prize - you'll just get a warm feeling that you made the closest prediction, nothing more!

After tea and cake, I was egged on to open the gifts that people had brought along. We had some lovely bundles and baskets and everyone did far too much for us and for baby - I really appreciate everything so much. As a little thank you, I'd prepared gift bags for each lady with a handmade tag, gift, gingerbread bunny rabbits, chocolate and a card - it was the least we could do.

It was such a nice way to spend the afternoon but over too quickly. Maybe I can be a lady who lunches when I'm on maternity leave? Here's wishful thinking...

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