A baby shower for Kate means a helping hand for local single mothers
Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Jenny Nanson knows how much Americans love to follow the royals.
If you go
What: Royal baby shower and tea party
When: 3 to 5 p.m. July 6
Where: Haile Village Bistro, 5323 SW 91st Terrace
Tickets: $16 adults, $8 children younger than 12. Reservations required at 378-0721.
More: Baby & Me, 219-6432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
When Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in 2011, the Haile Village Bistro, which Nanson co-owns, opened at 5 a.m. for the more than 40 people, some in formal attire, who turned out to watch the wedding on TV.
So as the due date for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, approaches, Nanson and her friends decided to have a royal baby shower — with a twist.
Christine Dietrich, one of the event organizers, said she wanted to find a way to help struggling mothers.
"Kate Middleton certainly doesn't need anything from us," Dietrich said. "We wanted to give baby gifts to someone who really needs them."
The Haile Village Bistro will host a royal baby shower and tea party on July 6, complete with baby games, strawberry scones, and cucumber-and-cream-cheese sandwiches.
Any baby gifts guests bring will be donated to Baby & Me, God's Greatest Ministry, a group that collects and distributes baby items it gives to single mothers for free.
Nanson said it was important for her to make a difference locally.
"To do good in the world, it's not always about looking in developing countries," she said. "Sometimes you just need to look in your own backyard."
Baby & Me, God's Greatest Ministry was referred to event organizers through the Women's Resource Center. Tamara Scott, Baby & Me's founder, said the biggest need among the mothers she deals with are infant car seats, strollers and bassinets in good condition. She said her sister often goes to garage sales in search of these and other items to give away. Scott said For Your Glory Harvest Ministries, a church on Archer Road, helps her in her work.
Scott, who started Baby & Me in 2011, was herself a single mother. She remembers how a woman stopped her on the street one day as Scott was carrying her infant son.
"I didn't have a stroller," Scott recalled. "And she said, ‘I see you all the time walking with your baby. You know, I have an extra stroller here I'm going to give you.' And she went to her trunk and pulled out a stroller."
Scott said she decided then that when she could, she would help mothers in her situation.
Nanson said The Village Bistro, which is adorned with British flags and other union jack memorabilia, will be set with fine china and lace tablecloths for the event. While the gender of the royal baby has not been revealed, Nanson said she'll have blue and pink cupcakes and balloons.
Nanson, who is originally from Carlisle in northwest England, said baby showers are not customary in England.
"Normally, gifts are given after a baby is born," she said.
The Duchess of Cambridge is not expected to have the royal baby until July 13, but Nanson said she is anxious.
"I just hope she hangs on to that baby until after the tea party," she said.
Admission to the party is $16 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12. Reservations are recommended.
New succession rules mean the baby's gender is no longer a factor, and if it's a girl, the child will take precedence over younger brothers in the line of succession and will become monarch.
"We know this baby is going to definitely be third in line for the throne," Nanson said.