I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for my dear and gorgeous friend Susie, who is pregnant with her 4th child, a little girl. The theme decided upon was "Sugar and spice and everything nice" (that's what little girls are made of).
The colour theme was hot pink and orange chosen specifically by our pregnant mumma, as well as the inclusion of gerbras in these colours.
I decided that an old fashioned sweet shoppe would tie in perfectly, especially as part of the reason behind the theme was Susie's love of sweet foods ;) So the collection of orange and pink lollies began and as many of you fellow aussies will know, this is no mean feat, we don't quite have the selection the do in the states ;) I had some helpful friends who kept and eye out and contributed too ;)
We had jars of lollies, mini baby bottle sherbets, mini candy mice, choc coated oreos, cupcakes, marshmallow pops - all in pink and orange - even the cheese and dip platter had beetroot dip that was pink along side carrots ;)
There were jars of spice as well as spicy pinwheel pastries - linking the savory with the sweet as they looked like lolly pops - spicy chicken wings and spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce.
We had a guess the date, weight and length sheet that sat of the drinks table along side a mini pink and orange gumball machine and bottles of "Bella" pink champagne, chosen because the baby who we were celebrating will be named Isabella.
A highlight of the afternoon was the birthing bead ceremony. It started with a gorgeous birthing bead kit from my friend Shannon at Sacred Stones Everyone was asked to bring a bead and a poem/prayer for Susie and her baby to wish them a smooth transition from womb to world. We sat in a circle and each person read their poem, wish or prayer then passed their bead around the circle, each person touching each bead to strengthen the love held within them. The beads were then threaded onto the birthing bead strand which Susie will have with her when she births so she has all our love, strength and prayers close. There were many tears shed during this ceremony and it was truly beautiful.
At the end of the fun afternoon guests we asked to fill a bag from the Sweet shoppe which they did, taking home treats for their loved ones at home too.
A beautiful afternoon for my beautiful friend full of emotion and full of love.