TRIP TO THE TROPICS

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Take your baby shower on vacation with a tropical themed party! Think bright colors, sweet fruit drinks, and a lot of fun with family and friends. It’ll be a trip!

Start with the style star: a coral colored ruffled maternity dress with everything going for it. Like its name suggests, there’s the top ruffle cascading over the front and back, a high halter style neckline, exposed shoulders, plus a keyhole back design, all crafted from smooth and sleekly stretchy lightweight fabric. It’s summer in a dress.

Next, make sure the décor transports you and your guests. This is island time, where pineapples are everywhere, flamingos are abundant and beautiful plants sprout all over. We’re thinking palms, succulents, and lots of warm-weather fruit to add natural color to the event.

Finish with the food. Keep everything light, sweet, and color coded! Serve it all on the Meri Meri striped plates with scalloped gold edges. Pretty perfect, they come in pink and blue too! Don’t forget the cups, the napkins, the cupcake wrappers… even confetti poppers, because we’ve got them too!

Show us how you’re trending tropical for your shower with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

GORGEOUS GARDEN GAL SHOWER

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Our April showers are still raining down on you with the newest theme: garden party! When we think spring, we think flowers, warm weather, and blue skies! We put it all together for a baby shower that is all about growing and glowing!

We love this belted chambray maternity shirt dress for this occasion. Not only is it classic, springy, and just downright cute… it is perfect for post-pregnancy too, easily adjustable with the belt, as well as nursing accessible with the buttons. The clean solid colored dress allows you to brighten up your look with fun shoes and accessories. If you’re having a boy, how perfect is this on its own? Expecting a girl? Little pink flats or sneaks have met their new best friend.

If you’re planning the party, let us take care of the plates and cups. We sell these adorable place settings from Meri Meri.  Need a center piece? How about a cute watering can filled with confetti and some gardening tools?! Need a thank you gift? Baby succulents work wonders as party favors.  This theme has so many roots. So, use this post as inspiration and let your creativity blossom and grow. Then, show us your garden party @motherhoodmaternity with #thisisgoingtobefun

 

A CITY GAL SHOWER FEATURING MIMI MATERNITY

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Our MiMi mama is cosmopolitan, a city dweller, a lover of street style and Instagram-worthy outfits. A shower themed to the Big Apple and all things classic New York seems like the perfect fit!

Dress up your party in décor that is black and white and red [apple] all over. And for the mama-to-be, there’s nothing more quintessential NYC than a little black dress. Our MiMi lace maternity dress is party perfection; it’s textured, off the shoulder, stretchy, soft and structured with a little ruffle. Feminine, comfortable, a bit flirty, everything to make you feel like the life of the party.

With New York landmarks, picture props and signs… it looks like all streets lead to a memorable shower. You don’t have to be a city slicker to get in on the fun and fashion. Which city and town do you [and your bump] represent?  Let us know with #MiMiMama #MiMiMaternity @MiMiMaternity.

GENDER REVEAL: MORE TO LOVE

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You know we LOVE gender reveal themes and holidays, so there was no way we were going to let Valentine’s Day slide!

Start with heart, or many hearts. From our “backdrop”, which is actually a table cloth, to punchy red decorations and a large box of chocolates, the color red took center stage.  We wanted this to be a simple execution with an impactful reveal.

By swapping out two of the chocolates with either pink or blue candy hearts, the surprise is then sweetly uncovered by lifting off the lid. This time of year, it is easy to find pink chocolate hearts, but if baby or babies are boys, we suggest buying blue foil, coloring your silver foil, or placing the chocolates in blue wrappers. One, two, three- done!

We also wanted to showcase that some mamas have even more to love if they’re expecting multiples! We tucked our “It’s Twins!” maternity t-shirt into the lid of the chocolates for a cute way to capture the news. This reveal can be done for one or even more than two babies! And the best part is that once you snap that Insta-worthy shot… you get to eat the chocolate! Enjoy, congrats, and happy Valentine’s Day!

GENDER REVEAL: WINTER *WONDER*LAND

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We are at it again with the newest Gender Reveal idea for you! Winter is an amazing time to get your friends together for a gathering close to home, full of warmth and love. We played back and forth with a Baby It’s Cold Outside theme and landed on WINTER WONDERLAND. With touches of nature, like wood and trees, mixed with white marshmallows, the theme practically shaped itself!

We created a hot cocoa bar using small jars with chalkboard labels so guests can sweeten up their cocoa however they want! Then, we bought blue and pink coating chocolate, heated that up and dipped our spoons in the melted candy. Once they were dry and the colored chocolate solidified, we took the spoons and dipped them in white chocolate, covering the revealing shade. We stuck the white chocolate covered spoons in the fridge to harden.  Before your party begins, or before the big reveal, allow your guests to take the spoons with either blue for boy, or pink for girl, and include them in finding out the sex! We used white hot chocolate, but hot milk works too! Once the chocolate layers begin to melt in the hot liquid, it will turn the color you originally covered the spoon with! As you can see… baby is a boy!

This sweet surprise is easy to prepare; all items can be bought from your local craft store. All you need are cups or mugs, cocoa, and some good friends. How are you revealing the news? Any winter themes of your own? Share them with us using #thisisgoingtotbefun @motherhoodmaternity!

POPPIN’ BOTTLES – NYE GENDER REVEAL

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Ring in the New Year with a Gender Reveal party! There’s no better way to celebrate the stroke of midnight than surprising your guests with some sparkle – pink or blue!

Before guests arrive, fill 5 or 6 glass or plastic baby bottles with blue or pink glitter. Add in some silver and/or gold to make the mix extra sparkly! You can find all items at your local craft store or even dollar store. Find a cute tray and make sure it’s hidden somewhere you won’t see until the ball drops.

Once the new year is here, lips have been kissed, horns have been blown, and pots have been banged… “serve” your guests from the tray revealing pink or blue! Our New Year’s baby is a girl!

Make sure that you capture every exciting moment while wearing the most insta-worthy shirt: our Poppin’ Bottles Maternity Tee! As always, we want to see your reveal @motherhoodmaternity #thisisgoingtobefun – Happy New Year!

DIY BUMP COSTUMES

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Our Social Media Specialist got really crafty, literally, when she thought up and then executed these DIY costumes. She actually made them in our office using the items shown. With a little glue and a lot of love, we present to you:

THE DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY DISCO BALL
A tiny trip to the craft store was all our co-worker needed to create this costume. She chose the black version of the side-ruched tee, then placed the larger squares in the center and edged with the smaller to create a spherical shiny shape, perfect for the pregnancy costume that will amp up any party! We paired it with our black fold-over belly lightweight skirt, so you can dance the night away without breaking a sweat.

THE BUMPED UP GUM-BALL MACHINE
Using our basic white side-ruched maternity tee, our co-worker laid it on a flat surface and began to place the pompom balls down until they created a perfect circle. Then, she picked up each pompom, added some fabric glue, replaced it and voila— a gum-ball machine! We paired the top with our red Jessica Simpson crop maternity pants to complete the classic color combination.

THE HEART EYES EMOJI
This last one is for the minimalist mama-to-be who wants the compliment, but not the complication. This one really is as easy as 1, 2, 3: get felt, cut a circle and two heart eyes, fabric glue it on our black cold-shoulder maternity dress. Happy Halloween!

For additional pregnancy costume ideas and inspiration, check out our wicked good witch gender reveal post, and our Halloween graphic tees. And, head over to @motherhoodmaternity for even more scary good style!

BACK TO SCHOOL

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Sharing the news about baby in September? We think our Back to School gender reveal theme deserves an A+!  With the help from some classic fairy tales leather-backed in pink and blue, crayons, chalkboards, desks and maps… we made a world where school is definitely fun.

The reveal is interactive. Let your guests wear their guess by picking glasses that match their vote. Besides blue and pink sweets, make your menu work with the décor, like apple slices, carrot sticks, pb&j sandwiches, grilled cheeses, pudding packs and all the best in lunchtime and after school snacking!

And of course, make sure you show up to “class” in a cute maternity top like our Pink or Blue We Love You one and a pair of jeans for that casual, cool kid look.  This is also a great theme if you’re expecting a second or third child and already have children. Make the start of school exciting for them and let them help set it up. Mix in art that they made, decorations they created, and even have them play the role of teacher, where they write the reveal on the board. It’s a great way to end the summer with family and friends.

Having a party? Tag us in your post @motherhoodmaternity with #thisisgoingtobefun for that picture-perfect reveal.

A SUMMER SHOWER

Anchors Away! A sweet little girl is here to stay!

We showered our Project Manager, Jeff, with a nautical themed party to help him celebrate the pending arrival of his baby girl. How cute is his daughter Rosalie?! Before she was posing as a mermaid, enchanting the seas and her parents, we were eating tiny cupcakes and cinnamon rolls awaiting her entrance into the world!

It may seem tricky to throw a man a baby shower, especially one for a girl. We knew we wanted to hit the right notes by balancing pink with some cool toned colors. Immediately, we thought of the summer seas and sunsets and our nautical theme was born! Hints of turquoise and navy helped us break up the bright and light pinks. (He honestly just happened to be wearing an outfit that matched!)

Splashes of gold and other earthy tones helped bring the décor together for a party that was the perfect mixture of mermaid and manly. Even Lucy, Jeff’s pup, was treated to a surprise; big sisters deserve to be celebrated too!

We want to congratulate Jeff and his wife Lauren on the arrival of their new baby! Make sure you tell us about your summer shower with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

Have you gotten your shower dress yet? Shop the newest styles here!

OPEN SWIM

Swimwear 2017

Has there ever been a month that gives more summer envy than May?  There’s the little taste of heat, Memorial Day is on the horizon and we get the best Justin Timberlake memes. So, to kick off the new month, we are dedicating the first two weeks to swim! Maternity swim is in and we want to get you out and about.

The thing we love about being pregnant in the summer, perhaps is the thing you are most afraid of… having a belly. But here’s the best part – YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUCK IT IN THIS YEAR! You got the beach bump and it’s beautiful.

We’ve got tankinis (which our customers love, because pregnant women do, ahem, have to pee a lot) and one pieces with stretchy fabric so they grow as you do. Love the two styles we featured? Both come in plus size too! The swim shop is open; now is the time to find the swimsuits that suit you!

Floral Geo Print Cross Back Maternity Tankini

Multi Stripe Tie Detail Maternity Tankini

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