Pregnant in Singapore? Ready to celebrate in style? From unique baby gifts to the best high teas and brunches in Singapore, or where to get a bespoke cake or cupcake for a party at home, our guide to baby showers for modern mums gives you plenty of ideas for celebrating your day, your way.
WHAT WE REALLY WANT
HoneyKids’ features writer and mum of three Georgina Hockley has enjoyed two fab baby showers here in Singapore and shares what modern mums really want …
“The modern mum wants a baby shower that feels like a fabulous girls’ night out. Under no circumstances should there be lame party games, penis novelty toys or chocolate-filled nappies. No no! A much more serene and chic way to usher in new life is to opt instead for a high tea or brunch with bubbly (just one glass of course). Outsourcing to a 5-star hotel or cool cafe may actually be more affordable and enjoyable for everyone (no late-night cupcake icing, cucumber sandwich cutting or frantic decorating). Forget the etiquette; it’s totally cool to celebrate the impending arrival of a second (or third) baby. In this case the ‘shower’ should have slowed to a ‘sprinkle’, and be more about love and token presents than over-the-top gifts.”
THE CHIC VENUE:
Mum Ilona Tar, an author and illustrator who’s had her first baby in steamy Singapore shares what would make the ideal ‘do: “My dream baby shower is one that is organised for me!” she says. “It’s elegant without being stiff, in a seated venue that still allows for people to mingle. I’ll leave hip and trendy to my first outing without the baby – for now my priority is comfort and style. My girlfriends have chosen afternoon high tea at the Clifford Pier – this fits the bill perfectly. The after-party is at the condo BBQ pit where the lads will be relaxing – even more perfect.”
“Mums want something that makes us feel pampered without being so stiff that we can’t tell a labour joke or two!” says Ilona. Consider this criteria for partying in comfort and style:
- Throw the party indoors (air conditioning please!)
- Comfortable seating (my back!)
- A set menu or set price (to avoid awkward bill-splitting in large groups)
- If your baby shower squad will involve some introductions, consider a buffet-style lunch to allow people to mingle. “My friends are a mix of people, some new to Singapore, some old-timers, but they don’t all know each other, so it’s nice to be able to get up from the table and chat casually,” says Ilona.
Where do we want to party? Check out our top 5 baby shower venues:
Flutes: for an elegant high tea, sweetie
High tea in the National Museum? Yes, please. Indulge in classic little cucumber sandwiches, savouries and sweets: we love the passionfruit panna cotta for a tropical twist. The English Afternoon tea is for parties of 10 – gather your girls!
93 Stamford Road, #01-02, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897; www.flutes.com.sg
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove / W Singapore
The W Singapore – Sentosa Cove: for a celebration by the water
Our writer Georgina loved her ‘baby sprinkle’ at the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s Woobar, where afternoon tea is served in a silver birdcage! “The space was sleek, light and yet still intimate for my group of girlfriends. The petite pastries, macaroons and treats were perfect for my sweet tooth and the range of herbal teas was just what I was after so late in my pregnancy. The staff were very attentive and even boxed up the left overs for me to indulge in later!”
21 Ocean Way, Singapore, 098374, Singapore; www.wsingaporesentosacove.com
The Bar at Spago: for an alfresco indulgence
This sky-high luscious lounge bar always makes us feel on top of the world (well, 57 levels high). “It has everything,” says Ilona, “The view, the breeze, and the casual Californian glamour I love.” What it doesn’t have, however, are buffet and set price options (the lobster rolls on the lounge lunch menu sound pretty damn tempting though). If this isn’t a deal-breaker, we say this is one fabulous spot to celebrate.
10 Bayfront Ave, Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57, 018956; www.marinabaysands.com
Hotel Fort Canning: for high tea with a local twist
There’s so much to love about this heritage hotel with a boutique feel, from its lush surroundings to its chilled-out vibe. The Tisettanta Lounge is where we’d normally like to indulge in a cocktail or two (local herb infusions are their thing), but the afternoon tea here (3-6pm daily) is perfect for a gathering – and it’s fabulous value at $28++ for canapés and sweets with a Singaporean twist, including the signature seafood kueh pie-tee cup!
11 Canning Walk Singapore 178881, p. 6338 5498; www.hfcsingapore.com
The Clifford Pier at the Fullerton Bay Hotel: for a swish Singaporean experience
A beautiful Asian buffet, dim-sum trolleys with a free-flow option? We’re totally on board for this. The Clifford Pier ticks all of our boxes for chic waterside venue, smashing food with a Singaporean vibe (take us to the popiah, laksa and chilli crab bao!) and fuss-free factor (set menu prices for the Heritage Dim Sum Brunch and Afternoon Tea options make our lives so much easier when going out as a group). Don’t get us started on the desserts, but we will be back for several serves of the Fullerton cheese cake.
80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326; www.fullertonbayhotel.com
PLANNING THE PARTY:
Good girlfriends, sisters and mums, this is where you step in (with a little help from these tips on how to host a baby shower). Ask the mum-to-be for her guest list and take it from there. Hand-written and personalised invites on paper are divine, but e-invites and managing the event through Facebook are perfectly fine and, realistically, the most convenient way to do it today.
“I want my girlfriends to plan the shower with only some suggestions from me, but otherwise I’d love to just show up and enjoy the day,” says Ilona. “I’m tired, heavy and a little overwhelmed with all that needs to be planned for the arrival of bub (it’s my first) – my friends have been awesome at taking the reins and planning the day for me!
Time-crunched and want a little extra help in hosting an amazing bash? Check out our ultimate guide to planning a party in Singapore, which isn’t just for kids: our little black book includes event planners who are genius at plotting the day out for you, from the decor to the dessert table.
Practical or fabulous? When in doubt, ask the mum-to-be herself: she may have her heart set on a particular baby carrier (hmmm, Ergobaby vs BabyBjörn?), or be hankering after something special you can all chip in for. “Ask in advance,” suggests Georgina, “It’s best to avoid the inevitable triple-up of baby stuff she doesn’t need. Gift certificates for unique toy stores or day spas for a fabulous facial or prenatal massage will always be gladly received (hint, hint).”
LET THERE BE CAKE (AND DRINKS!)
Could there be a better excuse to indulge in some cake – or cupcakes? For little sweet treats that involve zero effort, check out our best bakeries in Singapore for cupcakes (we love a shortcut!). Want something a little more personal? Singapore is home to some amazing local bakers who can create something fun to suit your style. Check out our guide to the best cake art on the island, and our favourite custom cupcake bakers if you have a sweet tooth.
Want to mix up some (booze-free) beverages for an at-home ‘do? Try these super easy and refreshing summer drinks: raspberry coconut fizz and watermelon basil cooler.
Cheers to you, mums-to-be!
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