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Top Five Tips for Throwing a Stylish Baby Shower

Martha Stewart Weddings celebrations expert Darcy Miller shares the secrets to a successful baby shower.

Darcy Miller, second from left, and guest of honor Kate Berry, shared a laugh with their Martha Stewart Weddings colleagues.

When Martha Stewart Weddings editorial director Darcy Miller decided to throw a baby shower for her friend and colleague Kate Berry (the magazine's style director), she searched high and low, online and offline, for items that would personalize the shower. Here are Miller's best tips for ensuring a splendid celebration.

1. Personalize the Affair

Weave in the guest of honor's interests and style wherever you can. "I know Kate loves gold touches, and made sure there were some gilded details in the decorations. She also loves baby animals, which is why bunnies and fawns showed up so much in the decorations." says Miller.

2. Elevate the Presentation

Keep the food spread visually appealing: "I like to group like with like, displaying bites in an organized, pleasing way."

Photography by: Charlotte Jenks Lewis
The sweets table at the baby shower Darcy Miller threw for colleague and friend Kate Berry.

3. Ask for Custom

If you can't find exactly what you want, go to the source and see if it can be created for you. "Etsy is filled with vendors who will tailor products to your specifications."

4. Time It Right

Three words: "early third trimester" -- with an emphasis on "early." The guest of honor should feel comfortable and "not in danger of going into labor!"

5. Pass the Camera

Make sure there's someone in charge of taking pictures. "You're going to be too busy hosting to take on the task."