Your guide to throwing an unforgettable baby shower!
Planning a beautiful baby shower doesn’t have to be stressful, even if you’ve set the bar high after hours on Pinterest. Whether you are planning a full-on shower for 100 people or hosting a more intimate “sprinkle” at home, we’ve rounded up the best vendors in Hong Kong to help you throw the perfect party. First and foremost, you’ll need to decide what theme you want for the shower. If the mama-to-be is a foodie, why not splurge on a delicious brunch or afternoon tea? Or if she really wants to relax before the baby comes, head to the spa for an ultimate day of pampering. Alternatively, if she’s interested in cooking or art, opt for an activity-based baby shower to give her a celebration to remember. Take a look through the following options to get some ideas flowing, and don’t forget if the lady of the hour needs some ideas on where to get an outfit for the celebrations, check out our tips on how to style that bump.
Brunches & Afternoon Teas
If you’re looking for a sumptuous celebration, head to Jouer Atelier. Right in the heart of Wan Chai yet hidden in a tranquil neighbourhood, it is the perfect setting to host an intimate private party like a baby shower. The venue can accommodate up to 30 people, with both indoor and outdoor spaces. Their outdoor patio, in particular, is a family favourite (especially for kids and pets). The indoor cafe features Art Nouveau-style furniture and accessories for those who have a flair for vintage designs.
Jouer’s party packages promise a wide offering of savoury and sweet treats that will impress your guests. Must-haves include Jouer’s signature layered cakes, inventive macarons, gorgeous pastry-installations and dainty canapés. Embellished with swanky tableware and seasonal floral decorations, rest assured you’ll have a striking party set-up both pleasing to the eye and the taste buds!
If you want to get a taste of Jouer, you can order online from www.jouer.hk. For orders above $600, there’s also free shipping. Remember to subscribe to their e-newsletter to receive 10% off your next purchase online.
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One of Hong Kong’s best known and loved steakhouses is now offering a brand new baby shower package! Organise your baby shower lunch celebration with 25 guests or above and get exclusive use of the dining area. This all-inclusive deal (top-notch F&B, decorations, cake and the dining venue on the TST EAST waterfront promenade) is also budget-friendly, at below $500 per head. Needless to say, the food is always good and includes an array of steakhouse staples for selection. With the accompaniment of lively music, this wine and dine destination (mamas-to-be could opt for sweet juices instead) could be the perfect place for a special occasion!
Gough’s on Gough
For mums-to-be craving comfort food, it’s hard to go wrong with Gough’s on Gough. Its fabulous Sunday roast (with all the trimmings) will have everyone feeling like they’ve been transported to England. If it’s a big group, you can even book out the space for a Brunch Party for up to 50 people.
Dim sum enthusiasts, look no further. This classic Hong Kong restaurant offers delicious weekend brunches, where you can order unlimited Cantonese fare for a reasonable price. The Salon is a beautiful location for brunch, but if the weather is looking good, book a table on the terrace and celebrate in the sun.
This iconic Hong Kong establishment epitomises class and afternoon tea here is the perfect treat for any expecting mama. Enjoy the delectable finger sandwiches, scones and pastries, which are perfectly paired with tea or bubbles (for those without a baby bump). The Lobby Strings play live daily, providing the perfect soundtrack to the baby shower.
The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2920 2888, www.peninsula.com
Other venues worth checking out
Popular spots for baby showers include Café Gray Deluxe where you can reserve a private room with splendid views of Victoria Harbour, or opt for more low-key celebrations at Tea Saloon by Another Fine Day where the food is just as delicious.
Spa Based Baby Showers
Any expectant mum will know that her life is about to get seriously hectic, so we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a spa session! With excellent customer service, Melomist offers bespoke packages so you can have everything exactly the way the mama-to-be wants.
Sense of Touch
Sense of Touch’s Sparty (Spa Party) packages are perfect for groups of six or more. Location-wise, the Lan Kwai Fong rooftop is as glam as it gets, although heavily pregnant spa-goers might find the stairs a bit of a hike. The Repulse Bay spa offers a beautiful outdoor-tented area and plenty of space for lounging and chatting post-pedi.
Sense of Touch, various locations across Hong Kong, www.senseoftouch.com.hk
Flawless will customise a package for your shower depending on your preference and number of guests. You can use the balcony to put up decorations, and also bring in food and drink to suit your tastes.
The Feel Good Factor
This long-time Hong Kong spa will help you create the perfect party based on individual preferences that include spa treatments, mani-pedis and party gifts.
Activity-Based Baby Showers
For a fun and artistic baby shower, artjamming may be your best bet. Make the most of its free-flow paint station (our second favourite kind of free-flow) to channel your inner artist. If you book a private party, you can bring your own music, snacks and drinks and head out onto the garden terrace, which is fully equipped with a bar counter, patio umbrellas and outdoor lighting.
The Pottery Workshop
Another creative option for a baby shower is to spend the day learning how to make pottery and take something home to show for it. The Pottery Workshop is a nonprofit that is committed to community work. You can book a small and intimate private class, or make a party out of it and book for up to 30 people.
The Mixing Bowl
For a mama-to-be, it’s always great to learn how to make pizza and chocolate fondant, so why not head to The Mixing Bowl for a customised cooking class? If your group is made up of more accomplished chefs, you can opt to make handmade tagliatelle and chocolate soufflé instead. Or if there are aspiring bakers in your party, you can book a traditional Hong Kong baking class. You will be sent the recipe after the event so you can recreate your masterpiece again and again.
New to the 852, GSpot offers private dining experiences from rustic Italian to conventional Korean and also, an interesting Korean/Italian collaboration. You could choose to have a cooking league here or just rent the event area for other activities of your choice.
Vibes at Mira
If you are looking to do something a little different and include more people (maybe by celebrating the parents-to-be together), then check out the BBQ celebration package for 30 or more at Vibes. With open fire pits, a bamboo grove and cabanas, you can be sure this will be a party to be remembered.
Invitations & Decorations
Once you’ve sorted your venue, the next step is to plan your decorations accordingly. Luckily, there are plenty of shops where you can pick up supplies. We love the baby-themed decorations from Partytime, the personalised chic décor from The Party Boutique, the planning services offered by Swoon, the convenience of the online platform Eezy Peezy Parties and the range that Matteo Party offers for every shindig. For more great invite or decoration options, try:
Sham Shui Po
If you’re a creative type, why not head to Sham Shui Po and do some DIY? You’ll find all the craft items you need to create some unique decorations, and you’ll save a few bucks to put towards the gift list!
Read more: Getting Crafty In Sham Shui Po
The Lion Rock Press
Specialising in high-quality Hong Kong and Asian themed stationery designs, The Lion Rock Press makes notecards that are cute invites for a mum-to-be who’s new to Hong Kong. Its heritage wrapping paper is also the perfect way to present your gift.
Delivering your invitations via email is planet-friendly, plus you’ll be spoiled for choice with the baby shower options from Paperless Post. Don’t forget to check out its blog for some extra ideas and inspiration for your shower.
Paperless Post, www.paperlesspost.com
This one’s a classic baby shower game that keeps everyone entertained. The organiser gets all those attending the party to send in baby pictures of themselves and everyone has a go trying to recognise the mini-me versions of their friends. The most embarrassing pictures (why do parents take photos of babies bathing?!) get the most laughs.
These are easy to organise. You can use free downloadable resources or even use your Scrabble letters to make these games. Word search, Bingo, unscramble the word, guess the animal baby, celebrity baby names, etc. are some of the games that are always a huge hit. Take it up a notch and play Baby Charades (imagine acting out an epidural!) and Baby Pictionary (or drawing it, for that matter!).
Find out what the mama-to-be has been craving throughout her pregnancy. Get a list of 10 and then give them fancy-schmancy fine-dining restaurant names. Tender cuts of poultry simmered in a creamy tomato broth, anyone (or would you rather have simple butter chicken curry)? Have everyone trying to guess what she’s been eating these nine months!
What’s that smell?
This is another baby shower favourite. Take nappies and smear them with unimaginable mixes – from mustard sauce to coffee residue – and have teams guess what goodies their diapers have delivered. The game is fun, the expressions funny and the photographs that come with it, priceless!
Gifts & Registries
You’re almost done! The only thing left to do is to get a gift, and luckily there are plenty of great choices out there:
This is a good bet to find practical gifts for both mums and newborns. Baby Central has got everything from toys and books, to clothing and nursery items. You can also set up a registry or search a friend’s wish list on its website. Happy gift hunting!
We love Gifthampers because it does all the hard work for you! All you have to do is choose from one of its lovely bundles of themed baby products (there’s an assortment of clothing, toys, baby wash and other necessities) that all come ready to gift.
If you’re looking for the perfect stylish gift for a mama-to-be, you’ve come to the right place. This is your one-stop-shop for second hand and new (heavily) discounted designer kids clothes. Buy adorable outfits from brands like Chloe, Gucci and Ralph Lauren for up to 90% off. It’s also a truly hassle-free shopping experience, as you can order everything online. Add $20 to any order to have the products gift wrapped for you!
There are few things in this world that are cuter than babies in wondersuits, so why not order one from Bonds? Not only does the brand ship to Hong Kong, but it’s also very reasonably priced. Our favourites are the many animal-themed suits, which will no doubt have the new mum reaching for her camera.
Pepper & Mint Boutique
It’s hard to go wrong with baby shoes, especially when they’re as gorgeous as the ones from Pepper & Mint Boutique. Its dim sum and sushi shoes are especially cute.
This cute online boutique styles adorable baby clothes into flower bouquets and cupcakes for a one-of-a-kind baby shower gift. Just make sure the host doesn’t mistakenly stick the “bouquet” into a vase!
Dotty Bee, www.dottybee.net
The perfect online destination for savvy shoppers, BaoBae has items from more than a dozen boutiques and designers, making it a one-stop-shop for everything a mum-to-be will need. Pay online through PayPal and your gift will be delivered to an address in Hong Kong within three working days. We love its baby hampers for an easy gift option.
This Australian clothing line has spread across Asia to become a mainstay in Hong Kong. A go-to spot for clothing and toys for newborns, babies and beyond, this Sassy Mama favourite is sure to be a staple in any baby’s wardrobe. It also carries cute accessories, stuffed animals and sweet cards.
Malabar Baby’s gorgeous line of organic muslin swaddles and hand-made baby bedding will make you wish it came in adult sizes too! Artists from around the globe paint all of the bedding and each product is handmade. We have a real soft spot for the swaddles because they come in fun designs (think avocados, carrots or parrots) that are perfect for mamas who are looking to avoid baby-themed clichés.
Malabar Baby, www.malabarbaby.com
This store stands out for its stylish clothing and baby furniture. Many of its items fall perfectly into the gift category as they are whimsical and beautiful, as well as being a real treat for a mum to receive.
Petit Bazaar, 9 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2544 2255
Petit Bazaar, 80 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2528 0229, www.petit-bazaar.com
Baby bottles are always great gifts, especially when they’re plastic-free! Plastic-Free HK also has other planet-friendly presents, such as bamboo dinnerware, bamboo utensils and lots of fun games.
As much as we love adorable and fun baby shower gifts, it’s always great to consider what mamas will desperately need once their little one finally comes along. They will definitely appreciate it if you order them some essentials, like a baby thermometer, nipple cream (they’ll thank you for this one later!), nail clippers or a sleep sack. These can easily be purchased from retailers like Amazon, Baby Central, Eugene Baby or Mothercare.
Read more: Where To Buy Kids Clothes In Hong Kong
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 29, March 2018 and was updated by Izzy Baehr on 29, March 2019, with a further update by Anita Balagopalan on 19, August 2019.
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Jouer, image 2 courtesy of zeno Aras via Unsplash, image 3 courtesy of Victoria Bilsborough via Unsplash, image 4 courtesy of Pixabay via Pexels, image 5 courtesy of Gades Photography via Unsplash, image 6 courtesy of Pixabay via Pexels, image 7 courtesy of Nicole Honeywill via Unsplash, image 8 courtesy of Dotty Bee