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A Party Planner Plans for a Baby
Written by Laura House
Photographs by Aneta Mak
As the founder and head designer of Forever & Ever Events in London, Mary Lee Herrington has made her name styling original and thoughtful celebrations. So the party-planning pro was ready when it was time to create an event celebrating a client she had yet to meet – her unborn baby girl.
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To prepare for the party, Mary plotted out comprehensive timelines, sourced vendors for every darling detail, and enlisted the help of talented friends. She also cites Martha Stewart Living as her go-to source for inspiration, style, and golden rules such as: No detail is too small when it comes to creating something special, and personal touches make all the difference.
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Central to every event Mary plans is including a lasting memory of the party. So she collaborated with Minhee Cho of Paper+Cup Design to create illustrations depicting herself with her husband Duncan and their three pets on fluffy cloud bunting, which would serve double duty as decorations at the shower and later in her daughter’s nursery. These charming storybook designs of their expanding family were also incorporated into the invitations and stickers for the gift bags.
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With a baby girl on the way, Mary knew she wanted pink to be the main color for the shower– along with splashes of yellow and green. Giant pink balloons, dreamy cloud bunting, and the family illustrations adorned the room. Mary’s baby shower was hosted by her dear friend and daughter’s godmother-to-be Adriana at The Princess of Wales, a cozy pub near Mary’s home in London.
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Among Mary's miniature delights were these Oreo cupcakes. Each dessert had a label that coordinated with the invitation's design.
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Framed baby photos of Mary and Duncan (along with teeny yellow booties that Mary knitted) accented the sweets table. A local Japanese bakery, Lanka, made green tea cupcakes in honor of Mary’s mother in St. Louis, who was unable to attend.
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Guests sipped the signature Peach Melba cocktails, which were served in in glass milk bottles (including a nonalcoholic version, of course).
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Taking inspiration from Martha Stewart Living, Mary even brought in sets of vintage plates and cake stands.
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Mary also had adorable lamb and bib-shaped sugar cookies.
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Topping It Off
The illustrations were also incorporated into a cake topper that decorated the confection from London bakery Lanka.
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There were also mini heart-shaped pecan pies, a nod to Duncan’s family and his Southern roots. Guests were sent home with the sweet treats in gift bags and small cake boxes at the end of the shower.
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Mary's shower decor was too cute for just one day; after the party, she used it to adorn the walls of her daughter’s nursery.
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