At the weekend we hosted an open day (also known as our “not quite a baby shower”) for friends to come and visit, catch up and generally have a nosey around the house/at what we’ve invested in for Mini.
We’ve found that what type of pushchair we’ve bought, how the nursery is coming along etc comes up in conversation so rather than answer such questions ad hoc or worry about the fuss and conventions of a traditional baby shower, we thought it would be nice and simple to host an ‘open day’ where people could pop in for as little or as long as they liked.
It also seemed like a good cut off point for the changes we’ve been making to the house; an end to months of redecorating and styling rooms. Needless to say, because of this it was a little stressful at times, trying to ensure that we’d touched up paint and found homes for various items that seemed to have moved from room to room as we redecorated.
Nevertheless, once we sat down to take in all of the advice, love and generosity we received throughout the day once everyone had left, it was definitely worth the small panics and anxiety I’d experienced in the run up.
Owing to the nature of our ‘open day’ being across 6 hours, we decided quite early on that we’d have brunch-style food that could easily be left for people to graze on at their leisure and involve no cooking on the day. We have a Lidl a short walk away and knew that their fresh bakery section would be the perfect place to stock up on pastries and rolls that would go alongside a meat platter, cheese board, homemade sausage rolls, crisps and homemade baked treats.
For the homemade baked treats I used pre-made mixes from supermarkets where I could to save time on my feet and reduce the stress of baking for a reasonable amount of people. We had: homemade sausage rolls made with Lincolnshire sausages, vanilla and almond cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes with pastel frosting and a homemade ombre cake with blackcurrant jam and white chocolate drip decoration.
The cake ended up looking rather rustic and homemade but I came to like its aesthetic more than I thought I would. I’ve since watched a few tutorials so I can create a more perfect looking cake in future though (I really need to brush up on my icing skills again!).
We had a range of drinks on offer; fruit infused water, pink lemonade, coke, wine and gin. We had a feeling that there wouldn’t be many men in attendance, or certainly those that would like a drink, so didn’t stock up on beers. In fact, our drinks dispensers (bought from Clas Ohlson for £8.99) which we’d used for our homemade fruit infused water became quite the talking point and I have a feeling that a few of our guests may be investing in some for themselves.
We chose not to have any traditional baby shower games but we did have a book for guests to guess what colour eyes Mini will have, when he’s born, how much he’ll weigh etc. There are some answers which vary from each other quite significantly so it’ll be interesting to see who is the closest!
The afternoon was mainly spent catching up with people and Chris did little tours of the house for everyone so that they could see the changes across the different floors, see the nursery and have some one on one time with one of us.
A selection of photos of the food and drink we served is below and if you’re interested in some of the serveware, I wrote about the bargains I’d picked up in a homeware post which you can read here. (I didn’t take any photos whilst guests were here as I focused on catching up with them and being in the moment).
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