Hosting a virtual baby shower


You had it all planned.

Whether you were planning a baby shower for your friend, a relative or perhaps your own, it was all perfect – and then there is a world wide shut down and everything is left in question. Not to worry, the global pandemic and a little social distancing doesn’t mean a baby shower can not still happen. Why not have a party at home and a virtual baby shower online with all your family and friends.

The guest list & Invites

To make feel as close to the original as possible, why not send her a little package with some goodies to enjoy a few days before the virtual shower event so they can hang all the decorations up. It’ll make the mummy-to-be feel special knowing everyone is thinking of her.
You can also use Amazon to send gifts or drop them off on her doorstep.



This is my actual favourite part. Just because the in-person baby shower is cancelled, it doesnt mean you can’t still decorate. Why not start by hanging up a few decorations maybe some baby shower bunting, and some baloons it will really impress everyone. If your after a tutorial on how to make a baloon garland and some decoration printables I will post some in the group to accompany this blog.
If your not yet in our facebook group but are expecting or recently had a baby please do join us here



The key to any baby shower is the games of course! They are definitely the best part and one element that definitely shouldn’t be disregarded.

Guess the Number. The host holds up a jar filled with sweets (M&Ms, jelly beans,) and asks guests to guess how many are inside.

Name That Baby Song. The host plays different nursery rhymes or popular baby songs and guests try to guess the name as quickly as they can.

Who’s That Baby? Before the shower starts, ask the guests to email photos of themselves as babies to the host. The host shares them with the group on the call and everyone tries to guess who is who.


You can also have a virtual “guestbook” for your shower. To do this you can make a presentation on google slides and send the link for your guests to fill out their page with their advice for the mum to be.

Have fun and be sure to let us see some pictures in the group.

Fiona X



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An alternative baby shower, Sip & See

Sip & See

Hi. I hope you are all doing ok, if you havent yet joined our Facebook group for pregnant mums during Covid-19 please do so here, its growing into a great community of support for all you expecting mums.

I wanted to write a blog for you all to share a wonderful idea with you all that will give you all something to look forward to and focus on. The traditionally named Sip an see party is something derived from the states, an alternative baby shower. You all may have been planning an elaborate baby shower with all you family and friends and looking forward to. The idea behind a Sip and See party comes from mums not wanting the traditional baby shower but instead opting instead for a party in lieu of having a baby shower whilst pregnant when the bbay arrives. Usually planned with their mum, sister or best friend. The party would be scheduled after the baby has arrived when the mum feels recoved enough to have people over.

With the pandemic sweeping the country a party later on instead of the traditional baby shower maybe a great option. It would be lovely to plan and a great celebration once all of thi is finished and social distancing is relaxed.

You’ll feel supported and loved, you’ll be able to make sure everyone has the opportunity to dote on your little one, and then you can go back to peace and quiet

Who to invite?

As for who you should invite to your sip and see, there’s no rules—it all depends on which friends and extended family members you want to have meet baby. Unlike a baby shower, people tend to invite both men and women (and even kids) to their sip and see. Can’t wait to introduce baby to everyone? Invite all your everyone! Just keep in mind that the smaller the gathering and the closer the list the easier and less overwheming it will be for you.


The beauty of having a sip and see is that people generally have no expectation as to what has to happen at the party. Which gives you loads of freedom to decide how long people stay and what snacks you serve, games you play (or not) and the decor you use.

A few ideas for themes:

#1: Welcome to the world

A travel theme, complete with globes, planes and international food options.

#2: Something sweet has arrived

All things sweet! Have fun with a sweets-themed menu and a pastel theme.

#3: Our universe just expanded

A planetary party theme with planets, stars and twinkles at the heart of the decor.



I have designed a coupe of invites you can use so you are welcome to download and share with your family and friends. Wether thats via social media, whatts app or even in the post. Remember to let your invitees know its a come and go so no need to stay the entire length of the time, most will but it is nice for some to know that they can leve without feeling guilty for not staying.

Click on each image to view/download or message me if you have any problems and I can send you by email/whatts app if thats easier for you.




If you need any further help planning your special event please do email me

and if you would like to connect with other mums in the same situation as you please do join our facebook group

Stay safe, saty home and try to enjoy as much as you can.

With love

Fiona X


Alternative baby shower, Bristol baby photographer

20 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1HW


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World Book Day Last minute ideas

World book day last minute ideas! We’ve all been there haven’t we? An event at school or nursery either sneaks up on us when we think we’ve got loads of time to sort it all out. Or we totally forget about it until the night before. My children have already had one dress different day this week as yesterday was dress in yellow for St David’s day, and dont even get me started on numbers day…. say what?!!

Sound familiar?

I am terrible for reading school letters then putting them down somewhere and completely forgetting all about it. Especially when I have weeks to prepare, because it’s not a priority at that time – as I have a million other things to prioritise.

Last Minute World Book Day 2020

World Book Day is the biggest of them all. It’s all about choosing a character from your child’s favourite book and dressing up that day for school or nursery. Heck even my child in Year 8 is doing it and there is me thinking id be done when they went to senior school.

The high streets and supermarkets seem to be jumping on the World Book Day bandwagon, selling fancy dress costumes. That makes life so much easier too but they can be expensive and sold out by now.

Choosing a character can also be problematic, mine have changed their minds last minute so many times. We also like to dress the four cousins in matching as they all did go to the same school. In previous years we have done PeterPan and Tinkerbell, oompa lumpa’s and Charlie, Mary poppins and Bert, and this year we are going for the classic Wizard of Oz.

Follow us on Instagram here to see our four, Josh (13), Liam (9), Chloe (9) and Keira (8) and some more ideas.

Here are some ideas I have come up with perfect for last minute:

The Boy in a Dress/Matilda/

You could keep things simple by going for a general character. If your son is brave enough to go in a dress, then The Boy in a Dress is an easy one!

Matilda is easy grab a blue or maybe denim dress and a red bow for her hair, white tights and school shoes and away you go. A few thick books for a prop too if you like.

A witch or wizard

If you have a witches hat and a cloak then that’s great. Otherwise, use a piece of black card or sugar paper (or stick two pieces together if you need more) and curl it round to make a cone shape. Measure around your child’s head and then tape it together. You could decorate with stars by using stickers, or by cutting out shapes and sticking them on.

Keira loved to decorate her hat for the year she went as winnie the witch.

Harry Potter/Hermione/Moaning Mertle

A great choice and super easy as it mainly their school uniform which they already have of course we go for black trousers and shirt for the boys, skirt and blouse for the girls.  Supermarkets usually have a clock or you can pick up novelty glasses pretty easy.  If your child is wants something less common they can always go as moaning Mertle and wear the skirt/blouse but with a toilet seat over there head!!!

Paddington Bear

A blue duffel coat, welly boots, a red hat and old suitcase. For the finishing touch by add a luggage tag and write ‘Look after this bear’ on it.

Dennis the Menace

Red and black stripy long sleeve tshirt with black shorts and red socks.

Alice in Wonderland

Blue dress + stripey tights + a key, maybe a empty milk bottle with a drink me label and you’re Alice in Wonderland!

The little Princess

A perfect one for younger children.

I Want My Tooth!

White dress (or pillowcase you don’t mind cutting holes in) + cardboard crown painted gold? You’re The Little Princess!

Bruce Bogtrotter

Also from Matilda is the character Bruce Bogtrotter – the one punished for eating the headteacher’s chocolate cake by being force-fed the entire thing.

You can do this one easy just a plain white top and lots of chocolate cake to get messy with. Shouldnt be too hard to get your child to eat chocolate cake in a white top should it?!!!

So what are your children being? I’d love to know tag me in your posts on Instagram or comment below.

If you would like to read our blog from 2017 please do here









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Christmas mini sessions 2018: Now on sale


This year we have two really wonderful Christmas sessions to choose from,

The Santa Experience and The Rustic Christmas bed set

The Santa Experience Sessions

This we year we have some AMAZING sessions, the big man himself is coming to visit he Photography by Fiona studio, little ones can experience some amazing one on one time with Santa,
perhaps reading a Christmas story, chatting to him about the elves or enjoying a Christmas cookie together.

-These sessions will take place on the 3rd November
-15 minutes at our BS3 based studio
-Styling guide and use of some selected outfits
-Online gallery to choose from
-Includes 5 high resolution digital images emailed
– A small age appropriate gift
– £99 for first baby/child, extra children can be added at £25 each

We Can’t wait to share this magical time with you and your children.

Purchase a Santa Experience session here

The Rustic Christmas bed jammie mini sessions

Photography by Fiona is so excited to offer this exclusive 2018 Rustic Christmas Bed mini set up.
You may remember from last year we had a bed set up for our ‘my first Christmas’ sessions but this year we wanted everyone to be able to take part. So we have a brand new four poster rustic bed set up which is perfect for babies, children and siblings.
This session set is timeless and would look great in a Holiday Card to send to family and friends. These Mini sessions are also a great way to see what Photography by Fiona is all about.

For more information please email us at

Or to secure your session slot please purchase a session through this link






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Twinkle Twinkle little star cake smash

Cake smash photographer, Bristol

I wanted to blog Jenson’s cake smash photography session because he was such a cute cake smasher and it has been such a pleasure to watch him grow from his newborn photography session with us. It is also nice for potential clients to be able to see a few more images from the same session to give you an idea of what you full gallery will look like from a Cake Smash and Splash session with Photography by Fiona.


Happy first birthday Jenson.

You can have your cake and eat it


After all that mess its time to clean up in our baby roll top bath. We are one of the only Cake smash photographers in Bristol to offer a bath such as this one to clean up. So when choosing a cake smash and splash photographer make sure you choose us to get these adorable bath portraits too as part of the package.


Yep we do also get very splashed so do bring a towel too and maybe a change of clothes for mum and dad too if planning on going straight out from the session.

Cake Smash sessions are a great way to celebrate this important milestone in your baby’s life, from baby to toddler.

If you are looking for a cake smash photographer near Bristol or Bath, I would recommend that you contact me as early as possible if you want to have the images back in time for the little ones birthday. A lot of parents also chose to have the cake smash on the little ones actual birthday so do contact me today on 07828877598 or email to see if I have availability for your babies special day.

Award winning newborn and baby photographer based in Bristol, Somerset and covering, Bristol,  Bath, Somerset, Gloucestershire and the South West.

To book your cake smash and splash session click here to contact us….


We look forward to meeting you!



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