Custom cookies, Italian antipasti & baby names oh my!
Confession: I never wanted to have a baby shower. DESPITE being an extroverted, sometimes attention-seeking, Drama Queen (there, I said it…), I hate hosting parties for myself.
I eloped for our wedding; cancelled on my own Engagement Party; and have avoided massive birthday celebrations thus far and was, naturally, hoping to silently sneak into Motherhood minus the Poopy Diaper games and Baby balloons.
Working in events and as a stylist, I am WELL aware of the effort, money and time these glamorous affairs outlay and, with somewhat of a reputation to uphold, I was hesitant to dive into such a personal and opinionated project at 6 months pregnant.
A&A Collective (a PR/ Publishing/ Styling/ Events company I co-owned) were renowned for our events and DIY tactics – most of which involved weeks of sourcing, creating, crafting, glittering (because what is an event without glitter!?) and installing. The thought of pulling together my own Baby Shower of equal style-scale MINUS my business partner and #aaarmy was very daunting… and don’t even get me started on the Bump Out involved…
Now I know my darling Husband and helpful Mother and Sisters are interjecting right about now as they did offer to host the party on my behalf but, on top of my ‘Drama Queen’ tendencies, I am also a control freak and perfectionist so I couldn’t bear the thought of someone else styling MY party. P.S. reading back over this article, I would like to take a moment to thank Josh for marrying me…
What my family did help me out with though, was perspective. While a Baby Shower often involves cake and coffee and cute napkins, it’s primarily about family and friends and celebrating your impending arrival. At 6 months pregnant, I realised I only had a few more months of adult conversations and the freedom to wear my ‘good clothes’ without the threat of vomit stains therefore the decision to commemorate this special occasion became easy.
As expected, there was plenty of prep work involved with the #bambinofalco Baby Shower but the laughs, conversations, memories (and presents!) were OH so worth it.
From the chic event space, invitations and decadent Italian spread to the custom cookies, fresh market florals, fairy lights and surprise cake (thanks Mum, Sally and Sophie!), my Baby Shower was a complete event success – both in my professional and personal opinion!
Despite being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes the day before my shower (no cake or cookies or carbs for me) AND being surprised with Baby Shower games on the actual day (I specifically instructed NO games!), I could not have wished for a more perfect or Insta-worthy day.
Event Who/ What/ Where/ How
I’m often asked where I source my flowers/ food/ props etc. so I thought I would take this opportunity to share my favourite event websites, suppliers and stockists as well as my top tips and tricks to styling and hosting your own soiree. Below you will find event photos as well as details on where you can purchase or hire some of Brisbane’s best party produce!
Happy reading everyone xx
Puk Collective Cafe of course! My family's favourite cafe and function venue, located under the iconic Story Bridge in Kangaroo Point. Hands down the best coffee in Brisbane!
With a surname like Falco, this baby shower was always going to have an 'Italiano' theme so we sourced an epic spread of salamis, prosciutto, Sicilian olives, tepenades, San Pellegrino, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and cheese from Pennisi' Cuisine in Woolloongabba. Don't be fooled by the warehouse look of this grocer, they have the best (and most authentic) selection of Italian produce at wholesale prices (you're welcome!). We topped off the spread with fresh fruit in the form of strawberries, lemons, grapes and blueberries from Coles which added colour and volume to our table. Of course, no baby shower is complete without sweets and between my Mum's epic caramel brownies and my Mother-in-law's incredible Greek Short Bread and Almond Bread, we had quite the offering. I worked with the talented Bec at Petal and Peach Bespoke Cakery to create our custom #babyfalco sugar cookies and my family ALSO surprised Josh and I with a MASSIVE Petal and Peach carrot cake (Josh's favourite), garnished with cream cheese frosting and flowers.
I have been using Adept Hire for years for all hired cutlery, crockery and glassware - they are cheap and easy to work with and I highly recommend them! Our florals were sourced from the lovely Jade at Flower Lovers at the Rocklea Flower Market. Jade has the most varied and beautiful selection of fresh fleurs but be prepared for an early start if you want to beat the crowds! My mother was kind enough to loan her fabulous collection of colourful plates, platters and bowls which have been careful curated over the years (and from all over the world). My best gal pal Al Graham surprised me with our very own custom, mirrored 'Baby Falco' sign (which is now hanging proudly in our nursery), and the fairy lights, mason jars, silver champagne buckets and straws were courtesy of the A&A Collective 'Style Kit' (purchased via Ebay, Kmart or Swann Agencies).
As mentioned, I wanted as little reference to a 'Baby Shower' as possible for this event therefore games, balloons and 'Light Blue' were all banned. My sisters did sneak in some harmless entertainment where guests wrote messages on diapers and had a turn at guessing our baby name... and someone DID guess correctly! #watchthispace...