by style contributor, Lara Edel

I’ve known Mavournee and her three sisters for many years, they’re the kind of creative creatures that make a simple Sunday night dinner look like it jumped off the pages of a Donna Hay magazine and right onto your plate.

So needless to say with their combined creativity and cooking skills, Mavournee’s baby shower, {which I attended a couple months ago} took my breath away…

I wanted to share with you a little bit about Mavournee, her inspirations into putting this gorgeous day together and her Top 5 Tips to throwing a stylish baby shower…

How long have you been working as a cake decorator? I have worked as a cake decorator for almost 5 years, the whole time for wedding cake specialist Faye Cahill Cake Design. Faye is an amazing artist who has taught me everything – about cakes of course – but also about art and design. On the side I enjoy creating cakes and sweet tables for the events of
friends, family and locals.

Where did your love of cooking/ baking come from? I have always loved eating and creating food, but took a particular interest in baking sweets. I was inspired by my Mums ability to create beautiful food to serve many people but believe my interest in sweets was inherited from my Czech Grandmother. Grandma always baked us birthday cakes, and passed on her recipes for her annual baking of Christmas cookies and traditional Czech bread vánočka. I started baking cakes and cupcakes for friends birthdays and weddings and eventually looked for some work experience which lead to a full time career as a cake decorator and teacher.

Where did you draw inspiration from for the baby shower? I thought about all the elements I love and put them together! We held the baby shower at my Dads place and had all my female friends and family for lunch. Originally I had wanted to invite boys and girls, but we had a large group so kept it as the traditional ladies day. We held the baby shower when I was 32 weeks pregnant, so that I had good energy levels to organise and enjoy the day. In the lead-up to the shower my sister Eve and I created a private Pinterest board where we collected inspiration, tips and looks we liked for the day. This was a frequent reference point for us and was really helpful since we live on opposite sides of the city – we could both add to the board and then talk about it without actually being together.

What are your top 5 tips to host a stylish baby shower?

1. COLOUR THEME I love yellow, its so bright and happy and also as the sex of our baby is a surprise it’s a cute unisex colour.

Invitations, flowers, decorations and sweets were based on the colour and I found that it was easy to work with. We bought in other colours in some of the decorations and sweets, but yellow always the main colour and tied everything together.

2. INVITATIONS I sent a save the date via Facebook but love paper goods and stationary so also wanted to send mail invitations. I found the invitations on which has a huge range of designs where you can customise the layout, style, colours and envelopes.

I originally found a cute rubber stamp of a bear shape at Pulp Creative Paper in Manly that I wanted to use for a handmade invite, but used it for the cookie box tags instead.



3. DECORATIONS We purchased honeycomb balls in yellow, white, aqua, grey and orange from Pulp Creative Paper, and my sisters and I made fringed yellow and white tissue paper bunting, based on a DIY tutorial We chose a range of yellow, white and green flowers and arranged them in vases, jars and tiny glass bottles.

We had a mix of yellow Billy Buttons, yellow and white Lisianthus, Hypericum Berries, green and white Carnations, blushing brides, and a touch of baby’s breath. Mum had some wooden tree slices chopped by a friend, so we arranged flowers on those. We also made sure we had plenty of tablecloths – they’re so important for tying everything together when you’re using a bunch of different tables!

4. FOOD & CAKES We hosted the shower as a lunch, so a substantial delicious meal for everyone was really important to me. Mum prepared the worlds best cheese platter with hard cheddar, triple brie, blue, fig paste, caramelised balsamic, oils, olives, fruits, crackers and breads.
My youngest sister made a seeded loaf into baked crackers and prepared homemade hummus and beetroot dips. For the main lunch we had a big Paella pan served with salad, bread and aioli by the lovely Belinda Black Catering.
A simple drinks table was set up with jugs of iced lemon water and big tubs of champagne and San Pellegrino Limonata for guests to help themselves to. For the sweets table I had some special favourites made by friends and family. My friends mum Carol made her zesty lemon cake, my friend Emily bought custard and coffee filled profiteroles from our local bakery, my sister Eve baked two chocolate chiffon cakes with rosewater buttercream {recipe} and Maree Cahill {Faye’s sister} made their signature Norwegian Kransekake – a tower of almond biscuit rings. My sister Eve who’s also a sweet creator baked mini oat, chocolate chip and walnut cookies for each guest to take home in customised cookie boxes.

5. PARTY GAMES I purchased lots of little wooden dolls from Etsy and set up a painting table for the girls to decorate the dolls. We bought yellow, aqua, white, silver and black paints from Spotlight. The painting table ended up being a great gathering point for everyone. We had planned to play baby trivia with funny questions and prizes, but everyone was relaxing so we decided not to interrupt the flow.

We put a lot of thought into where people where going to gather at the shower. Since I had a large number of guests we wanted to make sure people were comfortable and that there was a nice flow to the gathering. We hired extra stools from a party hire venue and re-arranged indoor and outdoor furniture to create multiple sitting areas. Other focal points were the sweets table, the drinks table and the table set up for painting. We set aside specific areas for people to put presents and another for them to leave their handbags.

For me, making my guests feel comfortable, relaxed and well-fed was the most important consideration – I was so grateful that everyone could come and celebrate the baby’s impending arrival and I wanted to show my appreciation for that by hosting a really nice shower.