If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that Little Miss H and Little Mr H are rainbow babies. This means that both our children were born following baby loss. And they are the bright and beautiful rainbows in the sky after the heartbreaking storms of miscarriage.
After three miscarriages we’d almost given up hope of having a second child. And so the pregnancy with Little Mister H was always going to be our last. No matter how it ended.
Throwing a rainbow themed Welcome to the World party for our Rainbow Baby
After going through the miscarriages to have our rainbow babies we wanted to celebrate their birth with our friends and family. But Mr H isn’t religious and so we chose not to have either of our children baptised.
So as we did when Little Miss H was born, we decided to throw Little Mister H a Welcome to the World party. And it was only fitting that we should choose a rainbow theme for this party.
Tying a rainbow around our party
We were delighted to have a little help from Party Pieces (the online party ware specialists formed in 1987 by the Duchess of Cambridge’s mum) who sent us some gorgeous party ware from their Baby Shower and Hello World ranges. After looking through their website I chose some fabulous products that I knew would make sure our rainbow theme ran through the whole event.
The Party Pieces Rainbow Room Decorating Kit helped us to spruce up a relatively drab function room. Little Miss H was a fan of the brightly coloured honeycomb balls. She even continued playing with them at home for some weeks after the party!
The Rainbow Ultimate Party Kit, together with some Multi-coloured Reusable Plastic Party Plates and Tumblers (a few of these are still in use at our home six months on) allowed us to present the party food in a suitably multi-coloured manner.
As a finishing touch, our good friend Jacqui at Sprinkles Cakery made us a lovely rainbow cake. Not only was it completely beautiful but it was also extremely yummy. And It really was the perfect cake to serve to our guests at Little Mister H’s Welcome to the World party.
We thought all of the Party Pieces products were lovely. They were bright and fun. And they helped to make our rainbow themed party magical. Plus, their durability meant that they were perfect for all the 3-4 year olds at the party!
Welcoming our rainbow baby
It was great to be able to celebrate Little Mister H’s arrival with our closest friends and family. And although the rainbow theme was a bit of fun, it was really meaningful for us too.
One thing that is important to me and Mr H as parents is that our children have other adults looking out for them. Role models that play a part in their upbringing and that will be there whenever they need them. The kind of job godparents often have.
We asked six of the people we most love and respect to take on this role. We half-jokingly refer to them as spare parents. So the party was also an opportunity to thank them for agreeing to play a part in our boy’s life. I gave a little speech about each of them and Mr H read a poem about parenthood (Waking with Russell by Don Paterson). Then finally my Dad gave a toast that bought tears to my eyes.
The whole afternoon was lovely. It meant so much to us to mark Little Mister H’s arrival in this way. And our rainbow babies are lucky to have wonderful people who love them so very much.
Did you throw a party to celebrate your baby’s arrival? I would love to know in the comments.
The lovely people at Party Pieces sent us the rainbow themed party ware for the purpose of this post. However, as always, all words, opinions and photographs are my own and 100% honest.