Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Celebrity Baby Showers Can Be Elaborate or Simple: Anything Goes

By Edie Mindell

Your baby shower is one of the most prized memories that any mother can have. Just as everyday people make the most of this once in a lifetime moment, celebrities are known for making the most of this occasion and having some of the most grand and luxurious baby showers.

Splurging is common among celebrities, especially if it is going to be for their new coming baby. Celebrities will do and pay anything and everything for their little ones. Icons such as Heidi Klum, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Richie, and Gwen Stefani, have held some of the most splendid baby showers of our time.

In 2004, Heidi Klum held a Mexican-themed baby shower for her daughter, Leni, in New York City. The party was catered by Dos Caminos Restaurant, and was full of yummy food and treats! Although the shower was reported to be a small celebration with 25 guests, Klum splurged and made the event a great one. Heidi Klum gave each of her guests a posh tote full of fine beauty products, a boutique gift certificate, and Victorias Secret pajamas; she made her baby shower all about giving, instead of receiving.

Christina Aguileras friends and family threw her baby shower in Malibu, California. According to Touch Weekly Magazine, guests brought blue, boy-themed baby gifts. Aguilera registered at Bel Bambini, a chic baby store located in West Hollywood. Baby bottles, diaper bags, and clothes were on the reported list of items in the registry. Among the gifts that she received from the upscale baby boutique were a blue Loved Mom Guitar shirt, a Cariboo bassinet with blue dot bedding, and Trumpette Johnny's socks.

Nicole Richie held her luxurious baby shower alongside Joel Madden at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The couple was reported to have a Wizard of Oz-themed baby shower. They even had a yellow brick road at the celebration, which was lined with candy, ruby slipper centerpieces, and a live band that performed the songs of the classic tale. The event also raised money for the new Richie Madden Childrens Foundation, which the couple has recently established.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale had the most glamorous baby shower that any musician could have. The shower was held at a friends mansion in Los Angeles, and was themed after Gwens clothing line, L.A.M.B. The theme cleverly featured pink lambs. David Arquette and Christina Applegate are two of the many guests that attended Stefanis celebration.

Stefani and Rossdale gave out truffles and flowers as gifts, and received an estimated value of $35,000 in gifts. Some of the gifts were a fancy bedding set, a beautiful chandelier, and a gold necklace. These were just a few of the many deluxe gifts that Stefanis baby received at the shower.

Celebrities seem to go all out these days when it comes to pampering their babies. The more unique and original the baby shower is the better. Regardless of your budget, making your shower a one-of-a-kind event should be a priority for every mother-to-be, celebrity or not.

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