On the lovely and sunny fall afternoon of Sunday, November 6th, my mother and mother in law hosted my baby shower at the beautiful Paletta Mansion in Burlington. A special thanks to my sister, Needhi Soordhar for dealing with my pregnant hormones throughout the process and bringing my vision together and my cousin Kanika Kapahi and niece Jahnavi Kardam for a helping hand.
I wanted a quaint venue that would give an intimate feel to such an intimate time in my life and Paletta Mansion had the perfect rustic charm, nestled in a picturesque area of Burlington, sitting on a 14 acre lakefront property.
We wanted to use the whole house to really showcase the venue. We started off with guests mingling on the main floor and then we headed upstairs for lunch and some games. The day ended with everyone heading back downstairs for some games, followed by dessert, tea and coffee in the sun room. Guests were encouraged to explore the grounds outside and enjoy the view from the terrace as we offered complimentary shawls.
As the whole house was used, we decided to have accents of decor throughout the space. The theme for the day was soft pink and black bows.
Upon arrival, after guests had the opportunity to drop off their gifts, they were encouraged to submit an entry in the time capsule and sign the guest book. The time capsule asked guests to write a note to our future baby girl on what they think she will be when she grows up, which we will open together once she’s 18. In lieu of a traditional guest book, all guests signed their names on a heart and dropped it into the guest book frame.
In the room down the hall, more stations were set up for guests to enjoy. From left to right, New Born Diapers, Mom vs Dad, Guess Her Belly Size and Take a Pin – Can’t Say the Words Baby, Bébé and the equivalent words in hindi, Bacha or Beti.
S#!T Happens – a recent favourite at baby showers, where guests write notes directly on the diaper that the parents to be will read when changing their new born’s diapers.
Thanks to 3D Ultrasound technology, you can get a closer look of what the baby will look like. We decided to have some fun with these pictures and asked guests to give their take on who they think she’ll take after – Mom or Dad.
Guests then headed upstairs where lunch was served. After lunch, we played two games – Baby Word Scramble and Baby’s Den. Baby’s Den was an adaptation of the popular television show, Dragon’s Den, where each table worked as a team to come up with an innovative new baby product and had to present the product to the mommy-to-be to convince her to invest in it.
Each table was provided with a basket filled with supplies – onesies, bibs, scissors, double sided tape, stick on gems, pom poms, glitter glue pens, headbands and more. Glue guns were set up in designated areas in case anyone needed them.
Everyone really got into it. We got some really innovative ideas and of course I had fun channeling Kevin O’Leary. People were really competitive and I had a hard time picking a winner, but alas the winning product was “The Cup of Dump”!
Afterwards, we headed downstairs, where we selected five volunteers to partake in a baby changing challenge. Each contestant, while holding their cell phone against their ear, had to dig through their diaper bags and change the baby’s diaper, dress them in a onesie, a blouse, pants and socks. First to complete the challenge successfully wins!
The last game was The Nipple Challenge. Each contestant had to pick up four nipples with a chopstick in their mouth with their hands behinds their backs. First person to pick up four wins!
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