England meet Baby Shower. Baby Shower meet England.



My friend, Grace, is pregnant.

So like all good, Southern American girls,
I offered to throw a baby shower for her...
because, duh, that's what friends do.

Except here in England,
they don't actually do that.

And they think it's a little weird
to have a baby shower, too.

Oh well.

By the time I learned this was a bit of an anomaly,
the invitations had been sent,
the cake had been designed,
and I had raided the Baby Gap sale
and robbed them of all newborn clothes.

We were committed.

It ended up being such a fun day.

It was hilarious explaining to our Brit friends
what types of parties we as Americans have
for the various occasions in life.

{Lingerie Party, Engagement Party, Wedding Shower, Couples Shower, Bachelorette Party, Gender Reveal Party, Baby Shower, Mega 1st Birthday Party, etc.}

One of our friends summed it by saying
"Sooo, basically, it's just really expensive to be an American?"

Yeah...
and it'd be a lot worse if it weren't for Costco & Target.

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Grace is a book publisher
and cute children's books 
have a pretty big place in her heart.

So, naturally, we had to include them as much as possible.

We also based the party off a pretty pattern 
since we were using this pattern for the serving pieces.








The food matched the theme 
with an sparkly orange & almond cake,
yellow ombre mini cakes (white chocolate mud!),
lemon meringue mini parfaits
& savoury egg cups (for something a little savory!)
















And even Viola matched the party colors!











I loved the cake that was the centerpiece.

{It was so moist & so soft.}

The combo of orange & almond
was perfect for a hot summer day.







I loved the gorgeous bunting of mini classic books
that Meg handmade for the shower.






I loved the beautiful cut glass cake stand 
from Laura Ashley
that it sat so prettily on.

Not only was it delicious at the shower,
but I ate it for breakfast for the following two days...
because let's be honest, it's not any worse than a donut, cinnamon roll, danish, french toast.

And this little tower of edible goodness?








Well, what the Tower of Babble did to the people building it
so this tower of temptation did to my summer diet.

(Read: ruined everything.)






I really love the pretty grey & yellow hydrangea pattern of it.

{Laura Ashley is so perfectly English...
which is exactly what we needed for this day!}


















It was such a fun day
and I hope my dear Grace felt loved...
because, after all the cake & presents, 
that's actually the point 
of all of our crazy American parties.

Thank you, Laura Ashley, for the gorgeous serving pieces.
They made our day all the prettier.


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If you want to recreate any pieces of this fun day,
I've done the dirty work & compiled it all for you here.


DECORATION 

Cut Glass Crystal Cake Stand (Laura Ashley)
Hydrangea 3 Tier Cake Stand (Laura Ashley)
Polka Dot Pitcher (Laura Ashley)
Glass Canister (Laura Ashley)
Lovely Little One Bunting (SALT Etsy.)
Children's Classic Cake Bunting (Upon Request via Meg-Made Etsy)
Jane Austen Quote (Dancing & Press Calligraphy, Etsy)
Stuffed Rabbit (Laura Ashley)

FOOD






*Special thanks to Laura Ashley for donating these gorgeous serving pieces for our special day! I love them!

Posted on August 2, 2013 and filed under "babies", "delicious dish", "parties".