Royal Themed New Baby Events Posted on: April 9, 2015 by Gemma Russo With the second royal baby due to arrive any moment, the country is once again whipping itself up to fever pitch, with speculations about the weight and gender on everyone’s lips. If, like Kate, you’re currently expecting, there are plenty of exciting occasions to plan; from pre-birth baby showers and parties to post-arrival homecoming celebrations, naming ceremonies and baptisms, there’s a lot to keep any new mum occupied. To celebrate the arrival of the new prince or princess, we’ve come up with a few ideas to add a regal touch to all of your plans and preparations. A royal baby shower A baby shower is the perfect time to really go to town on the baby theme; from biscuits iced to look like baby bottles and dummies, to gifts of nappies wrapped to look like giant cakes, it’s a great opportunity to have fun with a theme. To add a royal touch, start with invitations designed to look like regal scrolls, and ditch the pastel bunting in favour of a bright shade of royal blue and sparkling gold. Think creatively and use shapes such as crowns and trumpets. Extending the theme to the food is easy, too – ice miniature biscuits with your own monograms, crowns and bows, and consider investing in a large custom-made cake to display as the centre-piece. What could be more Royal than a crown perched elegantly on a plump, cake-filled cushion? A pre-birth party A pre-birth party is basically an opportunity to get together with your family members and closest friends, before you’re thrown into life with a newborn and you don’t have the opportunity to meet up as often as you like. With the emphasis more on food and drink, and with a more adult theme, keep decorations to a minimum with simple, beautiful garlands and paper pinwheels in shades of royal blue and clean, crisp white. Focus on eating the most regal food you can find; think griddled mullet, marinated scallops, extravagant lobster, sea bass and lamb for the main course, and miniature deserts to finish. Crème brulees, meringues, mousses and miniature fruit tartlets with the richest, most delicate pastry are ideal. Quench thirsts with champagne and sparkling wines, or virgin cocktails for those who are driving (or expecting!), complete with fresh fruit and olives. Naming ceremonies and baptisms Whether you’re having a christening, baptism or naming ceremony, there’s one thing that all three events have in common: the celebration that comes afterwards. A really joyous occasion, these parties are designed to celebrate the birth of the baby, and can take place either indoors or outside. During the warmer months, consider hiring a marquee and decorating it with balloons, paper pompoms and paper pinwheels, while anyone celebrating during the winter can use the same trimmings but inside. Food should be informal; buffets work perfectly for this type of occasion, and the royal theme is easily included with sandwiches cut into shield shapes, miniature pies and cakes, and biscuits iced with crowns and monograms. Top cupcakes with royal-themed or personalised cake toppers, and serve on gold and silver plates.