Throw a Baby Shower

Once my friends and family started having babies I organised and ran Baby Showers. Baby Showers are an American tradition, I believe that has become more common in Europe in the past few years. What it does is give the family having the new baby a special celebration and can provide them with starter tools such as nappies and baby outfits to support them financially in the early days of the baby being born.Picture1.png

Firstly, don’t throw the too early just in case something happens to the mum to be in the process of being pregnant. It’s unusual but can happen so you don’t want to have it too early just in case. Tradition dictates a month before the birth date is sensible.

Agree with the mum to be the best location because they may want to not have to clean their house for guests when heavily pregnant or equally may want to stay at home close to the birth of their child.

Send out invites to the family and friends desired with the mum to be and advise everyone if gifts are desired. Gifts don’t need to cost anything if that’s not an option but can be words of wisdom or advice to family on raising children.

I like to organise games or quizzes at the shower itself as they are traditional. There’s a huge range now online you can download or buy items for. Traditional ones include getting a piece of string and tying it round the mum’s bump and then everyone guesses the size; or filling nappies with different smells and textures such as chocolate and then everyone has to guess what’s in the nappy!

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If you are organising drinks remember the mum to be can’t drink alcohol so I organise some big jugs of fruity non-alcoholic cocktails so everyone feels excited drinking the different drinks and the guests who can drink can add alcohol without the mum to be feeling left out.

Good Links to cocktails I’ve tried. I highly recommend the Margharita Mocktail:

https://www.tablespoon.com/posts/20-non-alcoholic-party-drinks-everyone-will-love

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/how-to-reduce-your-drinking/how-to-cut-down/mocktails/?gclid=CjwKEAjwq5LHBRCN0YLf9-GyywYSJAAhOw6mvwBSbFjDnUd4Sh5nj2-no4gfcTDh1a_CigJ8dX5pphoCUI3w_wcB

Growing Basket Herbs

Growing Basket Herbs

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I love cooking with herbs but buying them is so expensive. I have a large array of dried herbs but fresh herbs are really useful for pastas or even cocktails such as minty ‘Mojitos’. You can grown herbs in anything really.

Good recipe: (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mojito_85338)

I like to have a couple of pots on my window sill and a nice basket outside because outside they water themselves.  Also, you can cheat if you want to and buy some herbs from the supermarket that are in little pots already and plant them up. Instant herb garden. I will say though, be careful with mint. I love it but it takes over anything you grow, so keep that one in its own little pot.

Don’t grow what you think you should, but grow what you actually like to eat or drink with. I had a lovely coriander once, only to realise I hate coriander. It tastes of soap.

If you start an outside basket in the Winter or early Springtime I’d recommend starting off the seeds indoors first until they are few cm large.

Ingredients:

  • A basket with some form of liner (you can buy the liner or use paper) or plant pot on the kitchen window
  • Compost or good soil
  • Seeds for the herbs you like e.g. parsley, basil, chives
  • Watering can

Method:

  1. Fill your lined basket with some compost.
  2. Add the seeds and water.
  3. The more the you cut back the herbs and use them, the healthier the plant becomes so I’d recommend doing it regularly. If you have excess herbs you can always freeze them in ice cube trays in water to preserve them until you have a recipe ready for them.

Some nice kits and seeds to buy to get started:

Herb Seeds

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00S4QQ7EU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00S4QQ7EU&linkId=c2294789d2d5a262a85e5e9bcc75423a

Plant Pots

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OTOLRUA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00OTOLRUA&linkId=f8e982f69ad7b22cb42097575ac64399

Hanging Baskets

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JKIUNXW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00JKIUNXW&linkId=dc7d646288084e0faf8f745a1f85c55f

Window sill box

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OQ7UE0Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00OQ7UE0Y&linkId=edd449846d9bd9407a7055eaa4598691