Category Archives: Event Decoration

Event Dressing for Corporate Events

According to Eventbrite, the UK events industry is worth £42.3bn per year, with the average budget per event being around £65,943. This is quite a staggering figure when you think about it, and so it should come as no surprise that corporate events are a big business the world over, and it is an industry that is growing.  There are over 1.3 million business events held in the UK every year, which has led to our event dressing services becoming more and more in demand as well. In our experience, the most popular types of corporate events are as follows:

Conferences/Seminars

The purpose of a conference/seminar is to gather a targeted audience into one place in order to provide them with the relevant information. Conferences are typically long events of half a day or more,  with multiple sessions involved geared towards different interests, positions or skill levels. They typically begin with a keynote speech for everyone to attend and then split off into breakout sessions. Seminars, on the other hand, tend to be shorter events that keep all attendees together in the same space.

corporate event dressing for Bentley

Exhibitions/Trade Fairs

The purpose of an exhibition or trade fair is for attendees to generate leads from the other people attending, whether they be customers, prospects or suppliers. Exhibitions within the UK attract around 13 million visitors annually, with exhibitors typically spending around £2.7 billion on goods and services to demonstrate at events.

Appreciation Events

These events can be internally within a business – i.e. employers showing their appreciation for employees – or externally – i.e. employers showing their appreciation for customers. These are typically informal events that allow the two parties involved to build a relationship and learn more about each other in a non-pressurised environment.  Some events we have worked on have included dinner and a dance, sporting events and private parties at music festivals.

corporate event dressing

Company Milestones

These are celebratory occasions which offer businesses the opportunity to make a big deal about a milestone, anniversary or other grand events. They tend to be quite similar to appreciation events but can also include the local community depending on the company’s size and stature.

Team Building Days

These days have become more and more popular over recent years, as a way of building employee confidence and morale, as well as building businesses strengths. Team building events provide employers with the opportunity to spend time working together in a non-work environment in order to build stronger teams. In the past, these events have tended to be based on physical outdoor activities such as obstacle courses, but nowadays they can also include workshops on sensitivity training.

Board Meetings

Both private and public companies place great emphasis on board and shareholder meetings as they provide a great opportunity for reviewing business performance and getting business executives together to make important decisions. They can range in size from small internal events to large-scale events encompassing shareholders.

If you are planning on holding a corporate event, and are looking for some help with event dressing, then please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or alternatively send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Event Decoration: Top Tips

When it comes to event decoration, we know what we are doing, but we appreciate it can be quite a daunting task for most people. With the advent of the internet, it is so easy to find amazing images of event decor online and think ‘oh my goodness I would love my event to look like that’, but when it actually comes down to it can be hard to recreate.

Don’t panic though, as we are here to help. We have years of experience in wedding and event decoration and have styled many different venues over the years.  To aid you in your next event we have pulled together some top tips to help you achieve the event that you want:

  • Existing Decor – Hopefully the room you are using for your event is decorated in a style that you like, and something that goes with the theme you are hoping to use. Take a good look at everything in the room and work out exactly what works for you and what you might want the venue to remove (within reason).
  • Existing Images – Have a search on the internet or ask the venue themselves, for pictures of the room you have hired dressed for various events. These can help guide you in what you might do for your event based on your likes and dislikes. For example, these pictures might show that low floral arrangements are lost in the room as the ceilings are so high.
  • Tableware – what does the venue provide? and does the tableware the venue provide work with your theme or not? For example, a lot of venues will have tablecloths that you can use, but they tend not to be floor length which isn’t ideal as exposed table legs can detract from the fabulous decorations going on on top. Of course, if you are lucky enough to be provided with floor-length tablecloths by your venue but aren’t sure of the colour, you can also dress them up by hiring runners and other table linens from us.
  • Lighting – Always an important one to consider, and something that is easily overlooked. Think about the time of day your event is taking place, as an event at 4 pm in the summer will be bright and light naturally, whereas in the winter it won’t. Lighting may also affect your colour choices as well, as pale colours may be lost in a dimly lit area and so you may need to change your colour palette to a brighter one instead.
  • Think Outside the Box – Table decorations are getting more and more adventurous, and we have worked with lots of gorgeous ideas recently including birdcages filled with flowers, glass cloches filled with flowers, and even piles of books. Don’t be afraid to really go all out on your theme, we have a wide range of decorations to hire which can really make your venue come to life.
  • Pre-plan – If possible, ask your venue if you can have a pre-event meeting where you can take a look at the linens and the place settings and make sure that they look exactly as you want. If you can get your florist to attend this will be great as well, as they can then get an idea of the venue and the other elements in the room and craft your arrangements accordingly.

Silver Lantern Backdrop Manchester Aisle Pillar Hire Cheshire & Lancashire

For more information on our event decoration services, please call us today on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or alternatively you can send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

An Event Decoration Companies Tips for Organising the Perfect Christmas Party

If you have been given the job of organising the company Christmas party this year, don’t panic, we are here to help. As an event decoration company with many years of experience, we can help you provide a party that your colleagues will enjoy and remember for a long time. It is never too early to think about Christmas, well not in the event dressing world anyway, and the sooner you start to plan your Christmas event the smoother it will run.

Here are some of our top tips for planning the perfect Christmas party:

  1. Set the Date

You will know from experience that Christmas is a busy time of year for people socially and so their diaries will start to fill up quickly. So, the earlier you can get a date booked in for your Christmas do, the better.   You are never going to please everyone, so just go with when the majority are free and remember that Thursdays and Fridays tend to be popular.

  1. Stick to the Budget

The size of your budget will tend to dictate what type of Christmas party you organise as it will determine your venue, choice of entertainment and food and drink choices as well. Find out what your budget is as early in the process as possible so that you don’t plan something that you can’t afford. Also, try and leave some money in the budget as an emergency fund as unexpected costs can crop up during the event planning process.

  1. Find a Venue

Good venues tend to get booked up quickly, so the earlier you can source and book a venue the better. Make sure the venue you choose is easily accessible for guests and has availability on your date. Go for a site visit and take some photos as this will help with event decoration planning, and also utilise the knowledge of the existing events team at the venue as they will have a good knowledge of the space. Make sure you clarify exactly what items are included in the hire price, and what event decoration items you will need to hire yourself.

  1. Pick a Theme

The theme you choose can make or break your event – so no pressure there! Some ideas that work well at Christmas are traditional Christmas, Vintage Christmas, pantomime, winter wonderland, and Santa’s workshop. Then start to list anything you would associate with this theme, such as lighting, table centrepieces, food and so on. You can always give us a call if you are stuck for ideas, we will be happy to help with inspiration and quotes.

  1. Think Outside the Box

Sometimes just the little things can make a huge difference in making your event as enjoyable as possible. Touches such as putting fresh flowers and good quality soap in the toilets, having a cloakroom for guests to leave their coats, and hiring a photographer to capture people looking their best as they arrive.

For more information on event planning and our event decoration hire services, please telephone us on 0800 830 300 or send an email detailing your requirements to hello@thevenuestylist.com

SaveSave

A Guide to Hosting a Fabulous Baby Shower

Although a lot of our business is based on wedding decoration hire in Manchester, we have seen a lot more requests for baby shower decoration recently.  This comes as no surprise when a recent survey found that two-thirds of mums-to-be in the UK have organised a baby shower as they found them a great way to get tips and advice as they can easily pick the brains of those who already have children. Baby showers are also a great excuse to spend an afternoon with friends eating cake and chilling out! But what do you need to think about when it comes to planning a fun baby shower?

Date and Time

The most important thing to do first consult with the mum-to-be about the best date and time for her party. Traditionally, baby showers tend to be held when the guest of honour is in her 7th month of pregnancy – when she is well into her pregnancy but still comfortable. It also gives her and her partner time to sort their gifts out afterwards and see what they still need to shop for. You should also decide if the mum to be is hosting it alone or if she needs a co-host to help her with the planning and decoration.

Venue Choice

Once you have selected the date and time of the baby shower, you need to get a guest list from the mum-to-be (with contact details as well). For a small list, you can have a great shower in your living room or garden, whereas a larger list will mean you should think about hiring a room in a hotel or a restaurant. Another important question to ask is who is paying for it? It may be that you decide on a surprise shower for a good friend and everyone who attends wants to contribute something.

Invitations

Make sure you send out invitations to all the guests at least six weeks before the date -similar to a wedding. This way they can make sure they are free on the date can send you an RSVP back, so you have numbers, and also shop for a gift.  For an informal shower, you can get away with an email invitation, for a more formal event you may want to order paper invites.

Plan the Decor

A lot of people now are theming their events. You can go with a traditional baby theme of course, or how about going for a garden theme? Our flower wall and balloon/flower arch are really popular choices at the moment and are a simple way to add a touch of glamour to the day.

Balloon Arch with Flowers for Christening baby shower Manchester birthday party balloon arch cheshire pinterest balloon ideas

Plan the Menu

It is a good idea to have snacks available for guests, and finger food always goes down well. You could go for comfort food to suit the expectant mum’s cravings – such as mini burgers, potato salad and cupcakes. Or keep with the garden theme and have a picnic of sandwiches, crisps and non-alcoholic cocktails.

Don’t Forget Favours

Favours aren’t just for weddings, a parting gift from the baby shower is an excellent way to thank guests for attending, and it doesn’t have to be over the top.  You could hire one of our sweet carts, for example, and not only will this add to the decoration of the event, but guests can go home with their own specially selected bag of goodies.

For more baby shower ideas or to discuss our wedding decoration hire service, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (Tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile), or email us hello@thevenuestylist.com

Why Is Event Decoration So Important for Corporate Events?

 

When you think about event decoration, the first thing that comes to mind is probably wedding decoration, but corporate event decoration is a growing area of business for us. Whether you are pulling together a large trade show for potential clients or an awards ceremony for employees – first impressions count. What your potential customer or employee experiences when they first walk into your event, whether it be the flowers, the lighting or even the table setting – all of this will make a big impression on them and give them some indication of what is to come. For example, a large formal table holding an elaborate floral centrepiece will offer a sense of solemnity and potentially even intimacy. A more simplistic modern setting, on the other hand, is more likely to promote networking and enhance conversations. Some of the things you should think about when considering event decoration for you next corporate event are:

What’s At Floor Level?

If you are planning a large event, in a convention centre, for example, it can be such a large unfamiliar space that can make people feel overwhelmed or disorientated. An easy way to combat this is to use carpet tiles or some kind of flooring to lead guests to the most suitable path, and help them find their way. This can be expensive though, so you could also look at using things like lanterns or floor standing candelabras as an alternative. To take this idea further, you can then give your delegates a hint of what is to come by including subtle hints of what will be where in the collateral you send them before the event.

 

Special Spaces

Traditional room settings such as theatre style or classroom style will never go out of fashion, but more casual spaces which are more informal yet still support learning. Breakout sessions are becoming more and more popular as people like to be hands on and have more interactive sessions these days. For these types of events, the room layout and seating should be comfortable, loose and versatile in order to loosen people up in a way that invites them to participate. Dimmed lighting and starlit backdrops are a great way to ensure you are providing an inviting atmosphere.

 

Table Design

At any event, the meal tends to be the one thing that everyone looks forward to, and sitting down to a meal is a significant moment where event decoration can really make an impact. We are seeing more and more sleek and simple table designs, with just a splash of colour based on the event colour and theme. Many corporate events often have promotional materials that need to be incorporated into the decor and these can also be added to table settings as well.

 

Lighting

The majority of events these days are geared towards networking, and event decoration and design choices can help to encourage people to connect by giving a more inviting and friendly feel to a space. If you are planning an interactive session which you want people to be engaged in, then you need as much natural light as possible whereas for encouraging one-to-one connections you should opt for dimmer lighting for a more intimate feel.

 

From lighting to flowers, event decoration gives your delegates a taste of what to expect before your event has event started. There are many ways to decorate a space that can help delegates to navigate a space, feel more comfortable in a space, and help them feel involved and more engaged in the sessions they are attending.

To enhance the delegate experience at your next corporate event, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or by email to hello@thevenuestylist.com.

[foogallery id=”11664″]

Venue Styling For Industrial Spaces

Although we are based in Cheshire, we offer venue styling services across the whole of the North West, including Manchester. You only have to walk around Manchester City Centre for five minutes to see that it was an industrial city, as there are many old warehouses and industrial units scattered about. Many of these buildings are now being used for wedding venues, and this is a trend we are really excited about as non-traditional spaces such as these have real personality and are suitable for a vast range of venue styling possibilities. In this article, we have gathered together five of our favourite industrial venue styling options, so you can see which one might be right for you:

Bohemian Industrial

Bohemian weddings are getting more and more popular, and this is a trend that works really well in an industrial space. Eclectic decorations and textured fabrics not only add visual interest to large spaces but also add depth as well. If you go with a bohemian theme, you are giving yourself permission to let your free spirit go wild, and display room decorations from floor to ceiling.

Earthy Industrial

To really make your guests say ‘wow’ when they walk into your venue why not go for a major contrast to your theme and plump for earthy industrial which pairs natural details with your industrial space. This theme is all about bringing the outside in, so think lots of plants, masses of greenery and as many botanical details as you can get your hands on. The more variety in your plants the better.

Minimalist Industrial

Most venue styling themes tend to focus on filling up your industrial space to make it look completely different but going down the minimalist route instead, focuses on highlighting the beauty of the existing space. You can complement the clean lines by using sleek decoration items such as copper vases, dark wood and single floral stems. The aim is to create visual interest without losing the fact that you are in an industrial setting.

Romantic Industrial

Romantic venue styling is a theme that melts our hearts time after time, with its lush florals, feminine colour palette and vintage-inspired detailing. To make your wedding stand out from the rest search around for descriptions in famous love stories.

 

Rustic Industrial

People tend to think that rustic weddings have to take place in a barn, but this is not always the case. Abandoned factories and mills, such as the ones we have an abundance of in Manchester, are great for rustic weddings as they naturally have a deconstructed look and vintage feel. Rustic styling tends to focus on wood and lots of it, with lots of natural decoration items thrown in as well.

To really make your industrial venue shine, give us a call on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com.

Event Decoration: Why Is Lighting So Important?

When Thinking About Lighting for your Event, What Do You Need To Consider?

When considering event decoration, one of the most important things to think about is lighting. Lighting is one of the best investments you can make for your event, whether it be a wedding or some other celebration because it is the best way to set the mood and brighten up your chosen venue.  Whether you choose a fairy light backdrop or some uplighters, event lighting can add real drama and a lovely ambience to your venue and make your day much more special.

As a company who deal in event decoration and wedding decoration hire, we have had many brides ask us about the different lighting options available, and so we have written this brief guide as a response to that.

Uplighters

event decoration uplighterThese are a simple but great way to light any room. If the room you have chosen for your event is pretty basic, then why not use some uplighters around the perimeters of the space as part of your event decoration, in order to light the walls and even add colour that can be changed to suit the theme or the mood you want to create? We have a wide range of small but powerful uplighters that can transform your venue instantly and easily add the drama that you are looking that you are looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Lights

event decoration fairy lights

A string of fairy lights is really effective at creating a gorgeous detail in a sunset or evening wedding. But if your wedding is in the daytime, don’t worry, you can have twinkly fairy lights as well, especially if your reception is indoors. Fairy lights are also a great way to take a marquee from ordinary to magical under a starry night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starlight Backdrops

event decoration starlit backdrop

We have recently added a beautiful starlight backdrop to our range of wedding decorations to hire as we have had such a high demand for them from our brides. These soft and romantic lights look fantastic on their own and add a really beautiful romantic ambience. They are also a great way to hide any unsightly backgrounds or decor.

 

 

Candles

event decoration candles

One of the most inexpensive options when thinking about how to decorate your tables, candles are a great way to create romantic centrepieces for intimate weddings. You can’t go wrong with some beautiful floating candles and tea-lights.

 

 

 

Light Up Letters

Add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your wedding by hiring some of our popular light up letters. We offer the option of either ‘LOVE’ or ‘MR & MRS’ in our floor standing sizes or why not hire both – they look amazing in pictures. We can also offer you ‘LOVE’ in a smaller size suitable for placing on a table. Our light up letters come in warm white as standard, but we can get our hands on them in a wide range of colours if you really want them to make a splash!

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a brief overview of the range of lights that we offer, but there are some important things you should remember when thinking about the light you want for your wedding:

Photography

If you are using any of our range of beautiful lights for your wedding, it is a good idea to let your photographer know. Photographing lights is a real skill, and so if you are wanting pictures of yourself featuring fairy lights then it is a good idea to check that this is something they can do, and they can also make sure that they bring the right equipment with them on the day.

Venue Permission for Event Decoration

You might have your heart set on 2,000 candles to decorate your reception, but your venue may have other ideas! Before you go ahead and book the lighting you wish to hire for your wedding, it is a good idea to talk to your chosen venue to see what lighting they have already and also what you are permitted to add. For example, if your wedding is taking place in an older building or one that is quite remote, there may be restrictions on what you can hang from the ceilings or wall, or they may have an outdated fuse board or electricity restrictions. So, it is always a good idea to check first!

We have so much gorgeous lighting inspiration for you, but if you have any wedding lighting or event decoration questions, please call us on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com and we will do our best to get you the answer.

Event Dressing Ideas for your Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah

Make Your Special Night Stand Out with Unique Event Dressing.

As an event dressing company, one of our favourite occasions to design a scheme for are Bat Mitzvah’s and Bar Mitzvah’s – the traditional Jewish celebration of a person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. Why do we love them so much? Well, they are often the first occasion where a person has the chance to have a bit of creative input into their celebration, and as it is such a joyous occasion the more unique the idea, the better! Having a themed Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah is a great way to ensure you end up with a truly memorable event that really reflects the personality of the person being celebrated, and so we have gathered together some ideas to help inspire you to create a magical event:

Arabian Nights

An event dressing theme that we have seen being used more and more recently is Arabian nights. This theme is heavily influenced by the colours and textures of Morrocco, so think lots of red and gold with luxurious touches. Arabian themes borrow heavily from the tales of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ so think drapes, curtains and lots of lanterns. To strike the right balance between colourful and relaxed think about creating a relaxed seating area with lots of large cushions and silver lanterns. In fact the more lanterns, the better! You could also add some fire-pits for a bit of a wow factor too. Why not get the guests in the party mood by hiring some belly dancers for a touch of glamour and sparkle, especially if you pair them with a person playing hand drums. If you are feeling really brave, you could hire a tarot reader to reveal people’s fortunes – all in the name of fun after all!
Candy Pop Party

If the guest of honour is a sweet lover, then how about a bright and bold candy pop party? Really grab your guest attention on the way in with a large candy buffet and vintage candy cart, featuring a wide selection of sweets, from retro to jellies & fizzies. Our candy buffets alo include candy scoops and bags in colours to match your event.  Dial up the colour scheme with red, purple, pink, orange or yellow tablecloths and chair sashes and add some decorative balloons to really add some wow factor. You can really make a feature of your Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah tables by adding a huge jar of sweets into the middle of them, or why not  vases sprouting fountains of brightly coloured ostrich feathers for a really eye-catching touch?

Night Club Theme

This is quite a popular theme as it allows the guest of honour and their friends to experience the thrill of a nightclub, despite not being old enough to enjoy the real thing! The great thing about having your own nightclub for the night is that you can add your own personal touches to the area. First things first is a great dancefloor with space for people to throw some shapes to the latest floor fillers on. You should also think about adding a bar, serving ‘mocktails’ and soft drinks of course and maybe some cute cocktail tables with a sequin or lace tablecloth and a lantern or crystal centrepiece. Having a chillout area might be a good idea as well, so place some comfy sofas and stools around and don’t forget to add some side tables, so people have somewhere to place their drinks.

Lighting is everything when it comes to creating a believable nightclub scene, and we have some fantastic lighting to hire that can really add a special touch to any event.  Coloured uplighters can add a splash of colour to any venue, and you can also add a starlight backdrop and some illuminated letters for a really cool look. The thing that will really make or break your event though is the music, so you need to make sure you source a DJ with the energy and personality to get everyone up on the dance floor. To really make sure the night goes swingingly, why not get the guest of honour to put together a playlist on Spotify, which you can then pass on to the DJ who should then incorporate their choices into their playlist of music for the evening.

Secret Garden

Create a magical another worldly feel with starlight backdrops, decorative trees and tall candelabras. Decorate some of your tables with sequin tablecloths and others with sequin runners for a beautiful sparkling effect, and dot some lanterns around to give a ‘walking through the forest at night’ feel. Why not tie some green sashes around the chairs as well to add to the woodland feel?

These are just some of the ideas we have for event dressing themes for your Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah, but if you would like to chat through your requirements please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com.

How to Plan a Themed Event

Some Unique Event Dressing Ideas For Your next Party.

Theme parties are a lot of fun, and can be perfect for many of life’s most important events! Anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations and even holiday celebrations are the perfect occasions to break out those kitsch decorations that you aren’t brave enough to get out for the rest of the year.

As experienced event dressers, we know that the key to any party is planning – whether it is themed or not. The theme of the party should be clear right from the start – and so the party invitations are the key to this. Your theme should then extend through to the decoration, food and any favours you might want to give. You want your guests to be in no doubt as to what your theme is, and feel themselves transported there.

When thinking of themed decorations, try not to be too literal about it but instead why not try and evoke an emotion or a place? Use chair covers, table decorations, lighting and seating elements that coordinate with your chosen theme. If you are thinking of hosting the event at home, why not swop out your existing decorative accessories to curtains and cushions made from fabric that suits your theme, and replace family photos with stock images. Keep in mind the five senses – sight, touch, taste, smell and sound – and how you can influence them with every element of your theme. Colour is very important here!

Food is something that should feature highly in your plans as well. You may have killed it with your invitation or place settings, but then totally ruin the night by serving food that doesn’t match your theme. You can easily search online for easy and fun recipes that fit your theme – Pinterest is jam-packed with them. Even offering party staples such as chicken nuggets served with a themed dip can be a way to keep the feeling alive! How you serve the food is important as well – for example, if you are planning a Chinese New Year party why not serve sweet and sour pork in Chinese takeout containers.

Some cool themed party ideas we have come across recently include:

  • Arabian Nights – think Morocco and drink traditional Moroccan mint tea cocktails, drape the room with exotic fabrics and hang Casbah lanterns. You could even go the whole hog and hire some belly dancers.
  • A Night at El Morocco – not to be confused with the Arabian Nights theme, El Morocco was THE club to hang out at in New York in the 1930s. Play big band or jazz music, offer your guests retro cocktails to drink and add plenty of zebra print accents.
  • Slumber Party – Who says sleepovers are just for kids? Tell all your guests to wear their PJ’s, and you can all laze around on beanbags and large floor cushions, sipping champagne and eating popcorn while watching the latest chick flick.
  • Vodka Tasting Party – There are loads of different flavoured vodkas available at the moment, so why not have a chilled vodka tasting night? Glam things up a bit by serving olives and caviar to help guests cleanse their palette.
  • Mad Scientist Night – give all your guests lab coats to wear, decorate with weird decorations and offer laboratory themed food.

For more information on our event dressing services, please give our experienced team a call on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

How to Plan a Baby Shower

Ideas and Inspiration for Baby Showers

As a company who deal with event decoration, it isn’t just weddings that we deal with. More and more frequently we are being called to help with birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and baby showers. Baby showers are one of our favourite events to help with as no one deserves a party more than an expectant mum! Throwing a fun and fabulous baby shower can be a great opportunity to step away from the troubles of daily life for a bit and make some lovely memories.

As with any other event, a baby shower takes a little planning and preparation, so we have pulled together some of our top tips to help you make your baby shower a roaring success.

dusky pink ruffle hood on a chair cover with a pearl cluster brooch centrepiece crystal stand with blush pink roseball etrop

Setting the Date

Date and time matter more for this event than any other, because if you set the date too early and the mother to be then has complications it can turn happy memories into sad ones. So, it is better to be on the safe side and pick a date in the third trimester. Remember to also pick a date that is a few weeks before the actual due date in case the baby decides to make an early appearance – because you don’t want the mother-to-be going into labour while she is opening her presents!

Guest List

It is always best to consult the mother-to-be about who she would like to have at her baby shower unless it is a surprise and then you will just have to do the best you can. A general rule is to invite family and close friends, but the mother-to-be may also want to include work colleagues or fellow mums she has met at her birthing classes. Traditionally, baby showers are ladies only events, but you may want to buck the trend and invite the father-to-be and other male friends as well. Also, keep in mind that the more people you invite, the harder the planning will be, for example, for a party over 15 you will have to consider a larger venue and perhaps hire a professional catering service.

Invitations

These should be sent out no later than six weeks before the date of the shower, giving guests time to RSVP and shop for a present! Make sure you give clear information on the venue, the date and the time to save on questions later.

Refreshments

Traditionally baby showers are held in the afternoon, and so in recent years’ afternoon tea has become a popular refreshment choice. However, modern lifestyles dictate that this tradition is not necessarily one to be followed, and it is perfectly acceptable to plan the shower for a time of day that suits the mother-to-be more. You should also discuss the refreshments with the mother-to-be and take your cue from her taste and preferences.

Hosting a baby shower is a great way to show a friend just how much they mean to you, but it does take a little planning and hard work. We can help you with all aspects of event decoration, though, and so if you would like to know more about our services, please call us on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com