Yesterday, Ellen and I hosted a Royal Baby Shower Benefit in posse-style for all of our RVA friends. We were thrilled with the turnout and collected a huge amount of goods for the clients of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond. We hope that the recipients of our posse’s generosity will know how happy we are for their soon-to-be bundles of joy.
If you couldn’t be with us, maybe these pictures of our afternoon tea party Richmond-style will inspire you to throw a similar soiree for your friends while helping some expecting mothers who don’t have Kate Middleton’s many resources. Though the Duchess couldn’t be with us, we’d like to think that she would approve of our #royalbabyshowerbenefit and would love to see others emulate our idea. It’s a great reason to gather your posse together, and we are here to help you with some ideas.
Our babies’ old baby clothes, bonnets and sterling cups made perfect props for this living room vignette. Not only did it cause us to spend some time with the memories of those newborn days, it was great incentive to clean some of the stains that we had missed as new moms. Stay tuned for a post later this summer from Ellen about the best way to get rid of stubborn baby stains.
We spray-painted the clothes pins in gold and used them to attach the baby clothes to ribbons.
Our babies’ old bonnets are tied over styrofoam balls set on candlesticks.
Garden flowers gathered from the yards of friends and family.
Some of these baby cups go back two generations.
For a June tea, the hot kind was out of the question. Instead our favorite Delta Mint Tea was a huge hit, along with champagne, juices, Pelegrino and unsweetened iced tea.
Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto and Phyllo and Grapes Dipped in Caramel and Peanuts
A feast for a (future) queen?
Raspberry Champagne Jellied Salad
In addition to catching up with friends, we played a couple of games.
This Lilly Pulitzer Murfette scarf donated by Lizanne Jeveret, the owner of The Pink Palm, will be the prize for the winner of
The table centerpiece was the prize for the guest
whose motherly advice response was randomly drawn from the crown bowl.
We had such fun reading the words of wisdom
which we look forward to sharing when the new royal arrives.
You can’t have your guest leave the party without a favor. Ina Garten’s Shortbread Cookie recipe was cut with Ellen’s crown cookie cutter, then decorated by one of our dearest posse bakers for all of our guests.
Cheers . . .
to the RVA posse who were able to join us and contribute so generously. We had a royally good time and hope that you did, too. For everyone else, there is still time to do something in the prince(ss)-to-be’s honor. Have fun and enjoy the world-wide anticipation.
June 3, 2013