Danielle Lloyd has made no secret of her hopes for a little girl to add to her brood of four boys. So with the due date of her baby daughter nearing, it’s no wonder she wanted to celebrate with a glamorous baby shower surrounded by her closest friends and family.
The star, 37, invited new to her celebrations at Birmingham’s Nuvo restaurant, where her guests sipped pink champagne and tucked into delicious Japanese canapés. Danielle’s best friend and make-up artist, Danielle B, helped organise the day, making sure there were plenty of pink decorations and baby-themed party games. Later in the afternoon, Danielle joined her pals on the dance floor.
“My feet were killing, so my friend Aaron walked to a hotel over the road and asked if I could have a pair of their slippers,” she jokes. “I ended up on the dance floor in a pair of slippers!”
And while Danielle’s husband Michael O’Neill, 35, their son Ronnie, four, and her sons Archie, 11, Harry, 10, and George, eight, from her previous marriage didn’t attend the shower, it doesn’t mean they’re any less excited for the new arrival.
“They can’t wait. Ronnie keeps asking me when the baby is coming out. He kisses my belly and is super cute,” she tells us as we catch up over the phone following her party.
Danielle also explains that she’s had an emotional week as her beloved dog Fendi has just given birth to two puppies.
Here, the expectant mum talks us through her bash, how she’s feeling after a busy week, and why she’s counting down the days until her baby girl’s arrival…
Hi, Danielle! How was your baby shower?
It was the most amazing day. We held it at a restaurant and club called Nuvo in Birmingham on Sunday afternoon. I had such a lovely time – it’s been mad not being able to see people through Covid, so it was lovely to catch up with everyone. Seeing all my friends was so special. My feet were killing, but it was well worth it!
What was the food like?
The restaurant is Japanese and they served little canapés like duck spring rolls, chicken gyozas and wasabi burgers. It was delicious.
Who organised it?
I tried to do it myself, but my best friend and make-up artist, Danielle, organised everything for me. Now I owe her and I need to organise her 40th! There were about 40 people there including one baby. The guests had a pink champagne drink with pink glitter in it on arrival and then we had food and played games. It was a nice chilled day, and at about 4pm, the DJ came on. By then everyone apart from me had had a few drinks so they were loving life!
Were there any celebs on the guest list?
Just family and friends. I didn’t invite any celebs as I wanted it to be personal to me. It’s hard when you haven’t seen some people for two years because of Covid, so I wanted to make sure I was able to spend time with them all.
Was there a theme?
We had loads of balloons, a big baby sign and a prosecco stand. I gave everyone favours of little chocolate hearts covered in pink icing. I’m really into crystals and meditating, so they also got a bag with a candle and a crystal – when the baby is born you light the candle with the crystal next to it and it’s meant to bring good health for the baby.
What games did you play?
We played classic baby games like pin the dummy on the baby. I got the dummy in the baby’s eye, which we were all laughing about!
Did you get lots of presents?
Oh my God, she got given so much stuff. We got loads of vouchers – Boots vouchers and things like that. My mum bought me a hamper with milk and nappies. This baby will be well and truly spoilt! I can’t wait to put her in the little tutus we were given!
What did you wear for the do?
I wore a tight white dress to show off my bump with some pink fluffy heels. My calves the next day felt like I’d climbed Kilimanjaro.
It’s been a busy time for you – your dog Fendi has just had puppies…
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