We’re having a bit of a baby boom in Copenhagen at the moment. I’d like to stay I started a trend with kicking off baby season earlier this year, but I think it has more to do with those long, dark winter nights… But that’s neither here nor there! As one of my consulting clients used to say, babies are the absolute best reason in life to have a party, and I think she’s right. There is always something special about celebrating a bit of newness in this world.
Which is a good thing since because are lots of baby showers to be had in our little community through the end of this year. And since we have made Copenhagen our home for these few years, we decided to let that influence this particular theme. I spotted a vintage wall hanging with the Royal Danish Guards on Etsy a while back. It seemed like an idea we hadn’t see yet before, and soon enough we were spotting different ways to incorporate our Royal Guards into the shower – from the colors of their uniforms to the sweet children’s room letters spotted at a local shop.
Moving around every few years is not at all easy but one of the things that makes it doable is the wonderful community of fellow diplomats and expats that answer the call of friendship and help you get settled in your new home. Whether it’s showing you the ropes around town, or coming together when there is something to celebrate – like a baby, or a birthday, or a holiday – there’s a group spirit that takes over quickly. The might have officially had a couple of hostesses, but every single person pitched in either with their signature cake, or helping put up the decorations, or designing fun games, or even throwing together the last batch of cucumber tea sandwiches when I completely forgot to make them (I plead teething infant! Can I do that?). These are the kind of ladies you can count on. And do I even need to mention that one of them whipped up a gazillion salted caramel cupcakes on but a moment’s notice?
The striking red, white and blue combination from the Royal Guards’ uniforms were a nod to our adopted temporary home town of Copenhagen, but also a wink to our home country colors too. Tea sandwiches and tea cakes were the main fare, but we peppered great Danish finds like the Bornholm bottled juices that have become a favorite at our house.
Here in Denmark, there is a tradition of this little birthday train coming out for children’s celebrations – you have space for candles and then little holes where you can add wooden numbers for the actual birthday being celebrated. When I found one with a Royal Guard incorporated into it, it was a perfect fit – and the mom-to-be was able to take that home to celebrate the milestones in the family. Wherever they find themselves in the world, hopefully it will remind them of their time here in Copenhagen. Retro Copenhagen postcards took the place of a traditional guest book, and we asked guests to fill out their favorite places and spaces here in our adopted city for mom and baby to enjoy during their time here together.
As usual, Minted was kind enough to send over a few goodies for the celebration, like their gold glitter banners and paper fans. I used some of the custom wrapping paper not only for the gifts, but as table runners as well (which is my new favorite way to pull the colors of a party together). And their table confetti, flags and baby banner weaved the colors across the various tables. The blue of course was a nod to this little boy’s arrival, but I also added in a few gold decorations to be re-used at future parties – since there is much to celebrate in the coming months, it’s always good to be prepared!