Friday, March 6, 2009

Hey "Baby"!

One of the most rewarding parts of my business is when I see a former Bride walk through our door toting her newborn in a car seat!!!! We cultivate such nice relationships with our customers which makes it easy for them to return. So the decision to carry Christening apparel and specialty clothing was an easy one for us. Brides and babies just go so naturally together!

Our selection is distinctive, selective and moderately priced. We also provide accessories such as the blanket, bib, socks and booties. Of course, the choices for girls ALWAYS seems to be larger but little boys need to look special too! This cute little boy:-) is wearing a 100% silk romper with baby blue accents and hand stitched details by Baby Beau & Belle (photo courtesy of Silver Image Photography). In fact, I am headed into NYC tomorrow on a buying spree for our little darlings. We will have new shipments arriving in just about three weeks.

This photo reveals an interior shot of the "little girly" section of our Boutique (pictured above left). In addition to Christening gowns, we also carry handmade photo albums (pictured above right), hand painted ornaments and luxury knit chenille blankets that can be personalized especially for baby. Selection changes according to season...

Infant jewelry is also another specialty item that we carry for baby's Christening. Fresh water pearl bracelets with sterling silver details are very popular with mothers and Godmothers. One of my favorites (pictured left) is a keepsake baby locket. This treasured gift will be worn on baby's Christening day and if she is a girl, can be used as her "something old" on her Wedding day.

Another beautiful idea that I suggested to a good customer (and former Bride) is to have her daughter's monogram and Christening date embroidered on our handmade lace hankies (just like the ones that we sell to our Brides). This too, is such a sentimental "something old" gift for her little one to carry as a future Bride. Hard to think about, but that day will ultimately arrive and what a precious gift to have.

If your child is having a moderate to large size Christening celebration, you will need to think about how to hold his card gifts. My son had over 100 guests at his party and I wanted to make sure I kept all his gifts organized and together. Therefore, I made this treasure box (includes a lock and key) and personalized it with a cute picture of him and a little pair of boy booties. It worked out beautifully and enabled me to enjoy myself and not worry about things as much.

And after your child's Christening day comes to a happy ending, why not preserve those beautiful memories for a lifetime. Displaying special mementos in a large shadowbox, such as their invitation, framed photo and outfit will turn a few very special items into a keepsake heirloom forever.

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