The Baby Shower

On Friday night I went to my very first baby shower. My sister is due to have her first baby in 4 weeks time, and, as a huge fan of Sex in the City, was bound to have a girlie get together before her new little girl joins the family.

The Baby Shower are an American idea that is starting to take off in the UK. This particular shower involved lots of pink fizz, very pretty cupcakes as the centre piece for a yummy buffet, girls night in music from Kylie, and lots of giggles and chatter. There were gifts for the new baby and a chance to have a look around the new nursery, and swoon over the very tiny new girlie clothes for a babe who already has a larger wardrobe than Harper Beckham.

The Baby Shower

Pink Fizz!

Yummy cupcakes.

Buffet food – always a fave.

Pretty Plates

Mommy to be.

Gifts!

Guests!

Baby Shower Gifts.

It is traditional to take gifts to a Baby Shower. You can take gifts for the baby, or the gifts could be for the mom-to-be. My 1st Years has some fabulous gifts that are perfect for Baby showers. Here are some of my key picks.

Beautiful Pregnant Body Gift Box £30 

Vintage Floral Wooden Heart Decoration £10 

100% Organic Snuggle Buddy Comforter 

100% Organic Bath time gift set 

 

 

 

The Great British Bake off frenzy

It’s the TV programme that everyone seems to be hooked on. From 8-9pm on Tuesday nights, millions of women (and men) are glued to their television sets watching the unlikeliest of TV hits, a programme that seems to be set in the sort of England that is usually confined to Midsummer Murders, and where every kitchen has that mouth-watering scent of Baked Bread. I’m talking, of course, about that great Twitter favourite, ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

The latest series again shows just how much the baking and cupcake craze is taking off. Paul Hollywood makes women’s hearts flutter with his piercing blue eyes, whilst Mary Berry has become an unlikely style icon, especially since rocking a brightly coloured Zara jacket at the age of 76. And Mel and Sue are just the perfect presenters, a  blend of humour, interest and sympathy, especially when those souffles fail to rise. But it is the contestants that really raise the bar of this series, showing that baking is no longer a hobby confined to grandma’s making fairy cakes for school fetes. Young, trendy bakers are helping to elevate the pastime to new levels of interest, with baking courses  suddenly taking place all around the country.

There are courses that help you to create the perfect cupcake, lessons in the art of cake decorating for business and pleasure, whilst that most aristocratic of treats, the macaroon is also a delicacy you can now learn to make in your own kitchen. And of course, in order to make all these fabulous items, you need the kitchen appliances, the cupcake kits, the beautiful cake stands to display your delicious delicacies on. All this means that the art of ‘baking a cake’ has turned into seriously big business, and shows once again the power of television to enchant and enthrall the masses.

 

 

Cecelia Ahern, Glamour and Selfridges equals one very glamorous night.

Cecilia Ahern is one of my favourite authors, ‘PS I Love you’ is just the perfect girlie, weepy, but ultimately uplifting stories, tugging at your heart-strings one moment and then allowing you to punch the air in life affirmation by the end. So I am totally excited to be telling you about a special evening that is going to take place in Selfridges, Birmingham on October 26th from 6pm – 8pm.

Cecelia Ahern PS I Love You click to visit amazon.com

To celebrate the launch of Cecilia’s latest novel, ‘The Time of My Life’ Selfridges Birmingham is joining together to host an  exclusive event in partnership with Glamour magazine. The event promises Glamour readers a girly evening with Cecelia, complete with Champagne, cupcakes and mini-make-over’s.

Cecelia Ahern ‘the time of my life’ click to visit amazon.com

In what  must be the most glamorous book club ever, Cecelia will be holding a Q&A session to give readers a chance to ask questions whilst enjoying Champagne or cupcakes. NARS Cosmetics, Umberto Giannini and Blink Brow Bar will also be there on the night to give make-over’s to fans, ensuring an all-round girly evening. At each event readers can purchase copies of the latest title and Cecelia will be happy to sign.

This is a must attend event for Cecelia’s legion of fans. If you would like to attend  you need to make sure you are added to the guest list. The event will be held in Selfridges Gallery Restaurant. The event is exclusively for readers of Glamour and is in conjunction with Selfridges, to reserve a place readers should RSVP to the dedicated list by emailing: cecelia-bham@selfridges.co.uk