Friday, November 21st, 2014
I feel enormously lucky and grateful to have had three baby showers earlier this year when I was expecting my twins. One was a traditional luncheon at my mother-in-law’s warm and inviting home, and one was a sweet work-day event at my husband’s company thrown by his exceptionally gracious and creative colleagues.
But it’s the third shower that was the most me, you might say: It had a ’90s hip-hop theme. Here’s why…
Not long after I started dating my husband—another very devoted fan of throwback hip-hop, and a former DJ with a huge music collection in the genre—we went with a group of friends on a camping trip to Big Sur. After a few drinks around the campfire, we ended up doing a full-on, fired-up a capella duet to LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl.” That’s the moment my friends said they knew we were made for each other.
At our wedding a couple of years later, my maid-of-honor sister and bestie bridesmaid blew the roof off the place (OK, it was outdoors, but…) when in lieu of a traditional toast, they performed a rap they’d written, riffing off the lyrics and tune to MC Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two.” It was perfection.
So four years later, when we were expecting two babies, the “It Takes Two” theme worked equally well as an anthem, and the wedding party crew got back to work as hostesses behind a ’90s hip-hop baby shower that totally killed.
Among the details were a cake decked with personalized mix tapes my sister had drawn; cookies in the shapes of rappers like Biggie and Tupac; plush animals as tabletop centerpieces clad in Adidas track suits; and the super fun onesies you see pictured here.
It was so special to have such a personal shower thrown by observant, open-minded loved ones — and to have one without having to strong arm my hosts into my unique theme.
But if your hosts aren’t quite as observant, here’s one trick for getting a message across without coming off as rude or ungrateful: Make a public Pinterest board and collect your “dream baby shower” ideas there!
And hey, if it includes a few options for vagina cakes—I sure won’t judge!
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Photo courtesy of Alesandra Dubin
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Monday, October 14th, 2013
Who doesn’t love a baby shower? Girl talk, cute gifts, tasty bites, fun games, and you are—or someone you love is—about to have a cutie patootie! Jennifer Love Hewitt’s friends and family feted her with a super-chic baby shower this weekend at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Since she and her fiancé (also one of her co-stars on The Client List), Brian Hallisay, want to be surprised by the baby’s sex, and will be waiting till the birth to find out whether they’re the proud parents of a boy or girl, it was a gender-neutral shower.
Celebrity party planner to the stars, Mindy Weiss, designed the buzz-worthy color scheme of black, yellow and white, and JLH—who is due in December—was positively glowing in a matching yellow strapless maxi. Here are three important lessons you can steal from her big day for your or a friend’s shower.
• Make your décor do double duty. Jennifer’s shower had a cute clothesline of onesies as part of the shower’s décor (The shower for Glee’s Heather Morris did something similar with a onesie decorating station, where the finished products were hung on a clothesline). You could also fill up baby bottles with various candies at a candy bar that the mom can use once the baby is born. That way you’re not spending money on pricy decorative items that will just go in the trash after the party.
• You don’t have to have chi-chi h’ors deuvres to impress the guests—everyone loves comfort food. Jennifer’s shower served the mama-to-be’s favorite bites like bruschetta, mini pizzas, and custom baby-faced cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes (Jennifer recently admitted cupcakes have been her biggest craving!).
• Favors should have a personal touch. Jennifer’s guests created their own fragrance at a scent bar (what a fun idea, right?), then on their way out they were given chocolate chip cookies in black-and-white striped bags (to match the color theme) with bottles of milk. What a sweet prezzie—literally!
TELL US: What’s your best baby shower-planning advice?
Image of Jennifer Love Hewitt courtesy of Shutterstock.
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