Friends, Babies & Cake


Friends, babies, celebrating, cake… what’s not to love about baby showers?

Yesterday Kevin and I had the pleasure of throwing a surprise baby shower for a very special family. Two of our closest friends, the wonderful Rhys and Joy, are just weeks away from welcoming the latest addition to their family – a little boy to join their beautiful 17 month-old daughter, Tilly.

To say we’re looking forward to his arrival is an understatement – we’re beyond excited, and know lots of other people are too. So while we wait the last few weeks until he finally enters the world, Kevin and I decided to surprise Joy with a party in celebration of her growing family.

With the time before the new addition arrives speeding by and weekends filling fast, Kevin and I worked with Rhys to pull together the party in little over a week.

Despite the tight time-frame things came together really well – after a bit of brainstorming we came up with a menu of assorted savouries and sweets, had the guest list sorted and game plan on how to get Joy out of the house so we could set up all sorted.

The wonderful Paperella came on board and sent us a rubber duck themed printable party pack for the celebration, making pulling together both a theme and decorations an absolute breeze – you simply print the decorations from the provided PDFs,  cut them out and set them up! We were thrilled with how they turned out and received so many comments about how gorgeous the decorations looked on the day; definitely check them out when you’re planning your next party!




And the baking? After much deliberation I decided to bake a three layer chocolate cake with rich white chocolate buttercream filling as the main sweet treat for the day. Knowing Joy loves ombre cakes (so do I!) I decorated the cake with ombre petal icing, fading its way from a definite baby-boy blue to a beautiful seafoam. Want to try this look out yourself? Then check back here on Wednesday for a tutorial – you won’t believe how easy it is!



I made a couple of other treats to accompany the cake – jelly slice and (excitingly) my very first batch of cake pops! These were made with fluffy vanilla cake, bound together with tart lemon icing. Each cake pop was dipped in vanilla candy pops and generously coated in bright confetti sprinkles – my favourite! They were so simple and fun to make, I’m sure this won’t be the last time I make them. Click here for the recipe and full instructions.

Everything from the theme to the food came together beautifully yesterday, I couldn’t have been happier!

But most importantly Joy got a wonderful surprise and enjoyed an afternoon catching up with some of her closest friends – a pretty perfect baby shower if you ask me!


  • Joy

    You guys are amazing friends and very generous! I was so taken aback in the best way by the party and it definitely brightened my weekend that had been going pear shaped. The food was so lovely especially those jelly squares (Nomnomnom). I loved the decorations too! We had such a great time reading the notes to Baby. Thanks for making us feel so loved 😀


    • KirstenM

      I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself Joy – you totally deserve it! Enjoy the remaining jelly slice, my stomach will have to live vicariously through you 😉 xx

  • http://curiousacorn Jodi

    You and Kev are some of the kindest, thoughtful, and generous people. Joy and Rhys are blessed to call you friends. Thank you for all the lovely work you did. I wish I could’ve been there. Everything looks scrumptious, and I’d like to try those jelly slices. They look amazing, along with everything else. God bless you guys. High Tea with Dragons is a very glamorous blog. I hope you win many awards.

    • KirstenM

      Oh Jodi, you’re far too kind. We wish you could have been there too! x