It may not the first thing you think of when you discover you're pregnant, but upon telling my friends the news, it was certainly one of the first questions asked- 'What will you do for your baby shower?'

As a stylist, and also one who has previously worked on event styling, there is a certain expectation that I would go full throttle with planning the decor for any party - I previously styled the venue and table centres for my wedding, and also decorated my friend Martha's baby shower, which had an awesome Alice in Wonderland tea party theme!

Back in December I decided I wanted the theme to be tropical. It may have had something to do with spending a lot of time indoors, admiring my banana-leaf curtains, or just that it seemed exciting to be planning a vibrant, colourful event for midsummer. See my Pinterest board here.


We were lucky that after a week of 34 degree heat, the temperature fell a bit to low 20s- given that my mother-in-law Gloria had kindly offered to host us in her spacious garden complete with swimming pool. Naturally the initial planning featured inflatables for the pool which were spotted on many instagram accounts this summer, and proved to be a great way of setting the scene due to their size and bonkers-ness.


We put up and dressed a little white marquee to house the bar and dessert table, and dressed it with tropical honeycomb decorations from Dotcomgiftshop, and fruit notecard which we used as decorations from Meri Meri at Debbie Bliss Home.


We served tropical flavoured bellinis(melon, berry and mango) in little glass milk bottles- and pimped the ice buckets with these incredible flower ice cubes which my mum contributed- freezing violas, marigolds, pansies and nasturtium petals over the course of a month and stockpiling them!


Another stroke of genius came from Nell, who offered to make a tiki bar from used wooden pallets she had collected - this started off as a vague idea we weren't sure whether to do, but by far exceeded expectations in the end! We decorated it with white paint and gold spray paint, and added a few faux leaves and flowers for added effect. It even featured a shelf underneath for spare bottles and glasses.


Finally, no baby shower would be complete without a dessert table, and instead of going overboard with cake pops etc, I made the main feature a chocolate fountain, and my other friend Teresa put together a gorgeous fruit platter worthy of a Greek god so we could make fruit skewers to dip into it.


I used a perspex cake stand and displayed these little sweet pots(filled with Jelly Babies and Milk Bottles, of course), decorated with personalised foil printed stickers from Etsy, which I used EVERYWHERE.


And then as the centrepiece, I was surprised with this amazing cake from Cake of Dreams - complete with gold pineapple berries, and pink flamingos!

Cassie DurnellComment