A BabyBash not a baby shower

I’d said I wanted to have a baby shower because if I were in Trinidad, I probably would have had one without fear of it being branded an Americanism. Ever wary that he might be sidelined in this parenting lark, Laurence wondered if he and his mates would be welcome there. Obviously, that meant baby food tasting and nappy folding competitions were not going to work.

Instead, we decided to barbecue it up in the garden with bunting from our wedding, picnic mats and fairy lights. Always ones for the big food party (basically, we like to eat. A lot), the menu nodded to our Caribbean roots with rum punch, sorrel, jerk chicken and lamb, and pholourie, filled out with pan-world salads and the food and drink that our guests lavished on the party. And as we say in Trinidad: better belly bus’ than good food waste. That said, I never want to peel another potato ever again.

Since my parents live in Trinidad, they couldn’t be there. But my mother made her contribution by suggesting we have people paint babygros. Well, bodysuits do just as well. If it were up to me, a star or moon would have done but we’ve clearly got some creative friends. I only hope the creature doesn’t grow so quickly that she doesn’t get to wear all of them.

There were also lots of guesses in our baby pool as to when this kid is going to bust out of my uterus. I think most were trying to be quite kind but, sadly, unrealistic. My favourite guess is May 29th (the actual due date) at “high noon”. I also can’t help but smile at the guess “June 11th” followed with “sorry!” The idea was that guests would pay £1 per guess. The winner gets 25% of the prize and 75% goes to charity. My neighbour just said to me a moment ago that whatever date it is, they hope they’re out since it’s a home birth!

We were overwhelmed by the effort our friends made to come and celebrate our baby’s life with us (as well as our birthdays and new home – we thought we’d might as well make this the party for everything). Having friends from Bristol, our universities and even Laurence’s school was a powerful testament to us of how blessed we are. I know some of you read the blog and I just want you to know how grateful we are to have you in our lives.

We’re also thankful for these…

By the way, for those who were there, it would be ace if you could let me know which bodysuit you painted!
Those who weren’t, what would you have painted?

Ever the graphic designer, Laurence had a bit of fun with the invitation too.


  1. April 4, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    Lucky you! Love the body suits and sure baby will too. xx

    • April 4, 2011 / 3:24 pm

      I know, we’re so grateful and little overwhelmed. Now I just have to iron those little works of art and hope a gentle cycle doesn’t ruin them. It’s Dylon paints so they’re supposed to be ok.

  2. April 4, 2011 / 7:18 pm

    How absolutely fabulous! What a wonderful time. If baby does grow quickly, you can ‘chop’ off the lower half and turn them in to t-shirts 🙂

  3. April 5, 2011 / 9:19 am

    I absolutely love the painted body suits. How creative is that? Absolutely brilliant idea and you’ve got some amazing pieces of clothing there. Can’t even decide which one I like best.

    • April 5, 2011 / 9:44 am

      Great, aren’t they? My mum got the idea from Gilmore Girls, which we used to love to watch together. I was surprised at how popular it ended up being. No blank bodysuits in sight! For humour, I like “Joff is my #1 uncle” and “Does my bum look big in this?”. For design, I like the plain green polka dots, actually.

  4. April 5, 2011 / 8:10 pm

    You certainly know how to throw a party lady! Loving the painted body suits. Do you have any in adult sizes? I’m sensing a “Mumpreneur” opportunity! x

    • April 6, 2011 / 7:52 am

      The body suits were a real hit. Not sure about adult ones though. Methinks you’ve been spending too much time with your baby.

  5. imperfectpages
    April 11, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    I tried and failed to comment on this from my phone last week… those painted vests are so awesome! Absolutely love them. I may do something similar when one of my friends next gets pregnant!

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