The journey to Baby Aristides no 2 has been a long road ... so my first thoughts were don't go to too much trouble... but once I started organising the Baby Shower lunch it blossomed into the most beautiful day.... !
There's quite a gap also between my first who is almost 6... so it does feel like a first baby again but this time I am very aware of the sleep deprivation ahead of us. The day was also a reminder of celebrating life and enjoying all you have around you.
It was the most beautiful day for me surrounded by a small group of friends and family. I felt extremely loved and knew that my little baby would be too. A dear friend I have know since I was a 1 year old came from Hong Kong and best friend and Mum flew down from Brisbane.
Here’s more about my special day,
Love Claire @clairearistides xo
The Public Dining Room in Balmoral is one of my favourite restaurants. The entire process of organising the lunch with the team was so easy and seamless. We decided on the private room with one long table. The room leads out to the deck with an amazing view of Balmoral Beach, which is our local beach.
On the beautiful deck looking out to Balmoral Beach, the restaurants in-house florist decorated the space with a presentation table of my favourite white flowers in season, my favourite bubbles for the guests and Virgin Mojitos...
My colour theme was simple – white, gold and pink (yes I am having a girl!) I wanted the day to be simple and classic.
The invites... I have used Wedding Paper Diva’s before, and have always had a really great experience. They are based in the States but ship worldwide. You can design any kind of invite or save the dates – everything is designed online and you can really tweak their templates - to make it your own.
Decorations... I almost didn’t have balloons or decorations but last minute we decided something was needed so we contacted The Bespokery. We briefed them on what we wanted and they decorated the room with an incredible garland of balloons in shades of white with gold tassels. When I saw what Heidi had created it just blew me away… so incredibly beautiful and really made the room.
Easel... Our graphic designer created a 'presentation board' to sit on an easel, which was a really nice touch to formalise the event… and something I can keep as a reminder of our beautiful day.
Favours for the guests... Balmoral Candles created these little ‘Baby Balmoral’ peony scented candles for each guest. And on the table their signature candles as centre pieces.
Place cards... When I saw Glenda from @Written_By_Hand calligraphy place cards I was speechless (didn’t last long!) … so incredibly beautiful and talented artwork.
Baby Games... We kept this simple, my dear friend organised for each guest to write a few words of wisdom’s on little cards which I can give to my little girl… absolutely tear jerkers reading them!
The Cake... I am a chocolate cake snob and this cake was just incredible. Probably one of the yummiest cake's I have ever eaten... Bon Cakes made this beauty for me - we served the top as petite fours for dessert on the day and I've frozen the bottom for when our baby girl arrives and we (err Mum) can eat cake...
What I wore...
Dress ...I originally had a white Roksanda dress for the day but in one week my tummy had grown so much my bump wouldn't fit in it.... I was completely panicked as we had a white or black dress code and here I didn't have a dress the day before the event... I literally got this gorgeous Dion Lee dress the day before from David Jones. Thank you to the very patient sales assistant at DJ's who let me try on 15 dresses...
Shoes... I wore gold Valentino heels which was a good idea at the start of the day but my feet were numb by the end of the day ... I did swap to some flats.
Jewels ... All my yellow gold favourites - Bangles and Gold Hoops by Aristides Fine Jewels
My husband and son came along for the start of the day and it was so beautiful to capture some family pictures. My son is so excited for the new arrival and can't wait to play trains and cars with her (let's see how that goes...)
I loved spending this amazing day with family and friends. I want to do it all again.