Jane Pullman – Standish and David Standish are no strangers to the glitz and glamour spotlight. The couple were featured on ABC News/Good Morning America and Brides.com magazine when they had a “surprise wedding” on July 4, 2014, and, both have been long time philanthropists and, the socialite couple are well known for their generosity. So, it really comes as no shock that a baby shower for the couple this coming Saturday (August 15, 2015) is causing another stir in the Hamptons and New York socialite circles with unhappy whispers of disappointment of those who didn’t receive invitations. Those who have been invited range from award winning publisher and luxury travel writer T.R. Threston to fashion model Angelique Romano to Chester Pullman, father of Jane Pullman – Standish, and, long time philanthropist and former Chairman of Pullman Trust.
According to acclaimed Manhattan based, celebrity party planner Bobby Leahy (who was hired to handle the Standish baby shower in the Hamptons) “Jane and David are focusing on friends and family for the baby shower. Their wedding went viral and they wish to keep the shower for their first child a bit more selective” Leahy went on to say “We’re pulling out all the stops for the guests and it is going to feel very red carpet. From valet parking to live entertainment to a lavish dinner it’s going to feel more like a wedding than a shower, and, Jane and David are among those who set trends, not follow them, and, I expect to see an upsurge in luxury or upscale baby showers once the word gets out about the Standish party!”
How to host a Hampton’s style baby shower
If you don’t have a long list of celebrity or well known friends or an extra $50,000 or $100,000 for a baby shower that doesn’t mean you can’t have a lavish Hampton’s style baby shower of your own. Here’s how to copy Jane and David Standish’s ultra luxury baby shower for far less money.
Select a venue
Home is always a great place to host a baby shower. Expenses are cut by at least 60% by simply having the party at home. If you simply don’t have the room inside and it’s warm weather have the party outside. You can also book hotel party rooms without taking an “in house” catering package.
While it is a baby shower, you don’t need to go over the top with baby things. Make the venue feel more luxurious by using lots of gold and silver tones (gold and pink go very well together for a baby shower for a girl and blue and sliver go very well for a baby shower for a boy.) Instead of roses and other expensive floral arrangements, buy several bouquets from your local grocery store (which are usually in the $5 or $6 range) or if you are really on a tight budget use flowers from your own garden, no one will be the wiser! Don’t worry if you don’t have matching vases, be creative — use mason jars for your flower bouquets!
Don’t overlook the use of balloons! Balloons are festive and a great way to fill empty space, and, best of all they are inexpensive – usually in the $8 to $10 per dozen range.
Instead of silly, tired baby shower games, have a dj and let your guests dance and have fun especially if you are having a co-ed baby shower. Even if you can’t afford a band or dj, you can always play music on a cd player and have just as much fun. Additionally, there is no need to open presents while guests are at the party. It is perfectly acceptable to open presents after guests leave, just remember to send written thank you notes. (Thank you notes apply to all guests, and, yes they do need to be hand-written! Email “thank yous” are simply tacky.)
After the venue, food is the most expensive item for any party. If you can’t afford caviar, lobster and filet mignon, and, a custom cake that could put many wedding cakes to shame, simply use the same formula, but, take it down to a more budget friendly price. Offer guests cheese platters, shrimp and London broil, and, a cake from your local bakery will serve just as well! If you are on a really tight budget make it pot luck, and, simply make it more elegant by using your best dishes and serving plates.
Offer guests a full bar, and, be sure to offer lots of non-alcoholic options. This isn’t just considerate for the Mother to Be but also for other guests who may be expecting themselves or for those who simply do not wish to consume alcohol. (Check out the video to see how to make a terrific non-alcoholic Mojito!
Ask guests to wear party clothes and not just jeans or other more relaxed clothing. It’s important to include the dress code on your invitations and let your guests know it’s going to be upscale and not the average baby shower.