Top tips for celebrating baby’s first birthday in style

There’s been news about a new commemorative coin being released, and his face is on the cover of Vanity Fair. It is all about Prince George this month, as the cute member of the family is fast approaching 1. We can’t wait to hear more about the birthday celebrations, and here are some ideas for how to celebrate the Big 1 in style:

Pick a theme
It might not be obvious what theme to choose for a first birthday if the little one hasn’t started showing a keen interest in a specific cartoon character, but teddies and animals can be popular choices for first birthday party themes. If the birthday boy or girl has a favourite soft toy or comforter, you can use that as inspiration for the theme too. 

Dress to impress
Since the little one will be the centre of attention at the party, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a stunning party outfit and ensure you get some adorable photos taken at the event.

For girls, we have a selection of beautiful Liberty print dresses, and you can choose to have a matching hairband to complete the birthday look. Extremely cute!

Liberty print Lily dress

For boys, our William shirt and romper pants is a popular choice for first birthdays, as it’s so adorable and it can even be personalised with initials or name. A lovely birthday outfit!

William shirt and romper pants set

Balloons and more balloons
Balloons make brilliant decorations, and little ones can find them very exciting to look at. Decorate the table by tying a Number 1 balloon together with four standard balloons, and add more balloons to the chairs. For first birthdays, you might not even want to have goody bags, but party guests can have a balloon to take home instead. 

Happy planning!

 

Choosing your favourite Liberty print for the ultimate summer dress

During the warm summer months, there are endless opportunities for dressing little girls in pretty dresses, and it can easily feel like a beautiful dress is the No 1 wardrobe essential.

In July, many of us will have end-of-term parties, Sunday picnics, barbecues with friends, garden parties, holiday fun, and summer birthdays. The list goes on – and the dress has to be at hand for the ultimate summer look.

With the array of opportunities for wearing beautiful dresses for little girls, we’ve been busy making adorable Liberty print dresses for our lovely customers–some of whom have chosen to have their dress in their favourite Liberty print fabric.

We’ve recently done two beautiful Aurelia dresses in Liberty prints chosen specifically by the customers–one Michael print and one Elizabeth print–and for both these we made matching hair accessories. Amazing summer outfits!

Aurelia dress in Michael print

 

Aurelia dress in Elizabeth print

We’ve also had some generous grandparents ordering bespoke dresses for two lucky little girls. For the oldest one, they chose to have our party dress made in the Lodden print, and for the youngest one, they chose to have the Alice dress in the Glenjade print. Stunning summer dresses!

Bespoke Sue Hill summer dresses

 

We would love to help you choose the perfect summer dresses for your little girls! If you don’t find what you’re looking for online or in-store, come visit us in-store or call us on +44 (0)1892 513293 and we can help you decide on a different Liberty print fabric for a special summer dress.

Best summer knitwear for little boys

With the weather continuing to stay warm, it seems like we can safely pack away thick wool jackets and bring out light and soft summer clothes. In recent weeks, we’ve had lots of requests for lighter knitwear, and our cotton/cashmere blend is a favourite among customers over the summer months.

It’s definitely not all about adorable rompers and short-sleeved shirts. It’s also essential to keep some summer warmers in your little ones’ wardrobes, and here are some suggestions for what to buy for boys this summer:

Slipover
Cute slipovers are extremely practical and easy to wear over a white shirt or body, and they make a great buy for little boys. We love how smart our young customers look in their slipovers, and they often get excited to see that their soft garment is decorated with a hand embroidered scotty dog or soldiers. 

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Jacket
Soft, hand-knitted jackets are also brilliant for little buggy riders, and our hooded jacket with a tassle in a cotton/cashmere blend is a favourite for summer. This versatile baby boy jacket also comes decorated with a hand embroidered scotty dog or soldiers on the patch pockets and it has matching covered buttons. A great staple piece for summer!

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A sneak peek from our baby photo shoot

On a warm summer day earlier this month, we gathered five brilliant models for a fun Sue Hill
photo shoot. The models, ranging from eight months to 15 months in age, all behaved beautifully and did an excellent job despite having to cope with a number of clothes changes. From behind the camera, we worked hard at times when our models needed a little encouragement to give us a smile, but on the whole they were fantastic!

Here are some of the cute photos from the shoot!

Annabelle in a Liberty print frill top and bloomers set (£49)

Annabelle in a Liberty print frill top and bloomers set (£49)

Flossie in a cashmere Forget Me Not cardigan (£79) and hand-embroidered dress and pants (£69)

Flossie in a cashmere Forget Me Not cardigan (£79) and hand-embroidered dress and pants (£69)

Ameer in a soldier slipover in cotton cashmere (£39)

Ameer in a soldier slipover in cotton cashmere (£39)

Oliver in a Scotty Dog hooded jacket in cotton cashmere (£59)

Oliver in a Scotty Dog hooded jacket in cotton cashmere (£59)

Oliver in a Scotty Dog slipover in cotton cashmere

Oliver in a Scotty Dog slipover in cotton cashmere (£39)

Completing the look with matching hair accessories

It doesn’t take long before little girls start enjoying dressing up and wearing pretty accessories. And hair accessories are typically the most important ones.

That’s why some of our young customers always order matching hair bands or hair clips when buying a new dress, and we love how cute they look when everything matches.

We don’t always feature all our hair accessories online, but we can do a range of hand made hair accessories in the same fabrics as our dresses.

For weddings and christenings our Rosebud and Roses hairbands are very popular. They can be made in cotton, silk or satin to match the fabric of our dresses and complete a special occasion outfit!

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For everyday dresses and summer party dresses, our Liberty Print Bow Alice hairbands are a favourite among girls aged around 2 and over. They are also hand made to match our dresses and complete the look!

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For our youngest customers, stretchy hairbands in Liberty prints with a bow are ideal, and we do these to match our dresses too. Adorable on baby girls!

In addition to our selection of hairbands, we can also do hair bows. The options are endless, so don’t forget to accessorise this summer!

Finding unique summer christening outfits

The summer christening season is upon us, and we have been inundated with requests for unique summer christening outfits. This season, we’ve had significant interest in personalised outfits, with customers looking for pretty dresses or adorable rompers that can be monogrammed or personalised with a colour of choice.

Boys
Our cute hand made silk shirt and romper sets are favourites for summer christenings, and they can be personalised with initials or names at the front of the body. Some parents also decide to have the date of the christening embroidered at the back.

In addition, we have a large selection of silks in different colours to choose from for contrast colour piping, and the monogramming can be done in the same shade as the piping.

 

Another way to personalise is to have the initials embroidered on both the romper and the baby shoes, something we’ve recently done for one lucky little boy. A truly special outfit!

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Girls
For girls, the silk Rosa dress and Marlborough christening gown (see picture below) are popular choices, and these both have hand embroidery at the front. To personalise these stunning christening outfits, some customers opt for piping in their colour of choice.

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It is also possible to personalise a dress with name and date, but because of the hand embroidery on the girls dresses it has been even more popular to choose monogramming for boys. 

For personalised christening outfits, please allow three weeks delivery, and to see the variety of colours of silk, pop in-store or contact us to receive swatches by post.

Dressing little ones for a day at the races

As summer has arrived, many parents are getting ready for the races, and part of the excitement is finding the perfect attire. There might be particular dress codes and uncertain summer weather to consider, but it’s still fun to shop for smart and stylish outfits for a day out at the races.

And for everyone who’s planning on taking their little ones to the races this year too, we’re on hand to style the mini-fashionistas and trend-setters.

Girls
Our pretty Liberty print dresses capture the essence of a traditional English summer and are ideal for both everyday wear and special events, such as a day out at the races. You can’t go wrong with floral prints and gorgeous, classic styles!

Liberty print Alice dress Sue Hill

Boys
For little boys, our handmade linen shorts is a popular choice for summer events and holidays. The navy shorts look great with both our Liberty print boys shirts and white Henry cotton shirts–and you can even add a bow tie for a fun day out at the races!

Liberty print moped shirt

Linen shorts navy

A guide to buying baby blankets

It sounds pretty straightforward to buy a baby blanket, but this is yet another area where you might feel you need some expert advice when preparing for a new arrival.We have three different types of blankets to choose from and here’s an overview of how you would use the different ones:

Receiving blankets: If you’re buying for a newborn, a receiving blanket is a good-sized blanket, which many parents like because the size is very manageable. Receiving blankets are ideal for covering newborns in the moses basket, buggy or car seat.

Receiving blanket newborn

Cot blankets: If you’re looking for a long-lasting blanket, our cot blankets are larger in size and work well for covering baby or toddler in a cot bed or buggy. These blankets are sure to be treasured for years! (They now come in two styles – picot edge blankets and squares blankets.)

Picot Edge Cot BlanketSquares Blanket Sue Hill

Comfort blankets: After hearing from customers that their little ones can’t go to sleep without their cashmere blankets, we invented the comfort blanket–small and much more convenient blankets for use as comforters. These little blankets, which can be personalised with baby’s name, make brilliant gifts!

Comfort blanket Sue Hill

Top choices for personalised corporate baby gifts

Finding unique gifts for colleagues is never easy, and that’s why we’re regularly helping companies in the search for the perfect baby gift for a new mum or dad in the office. 

In our experience, most firms want to steer away from basics, which the parents have stocked up on before birth, and they are looking for a unique and thoughtful gift that will become a wonderful keepsake.

That’s why our collection of  personalised baby gifts–all handmade in the UK–is very popular, and some companies have pre-selected gifts from our collection which all employees receive when having a baby.

Here’s a selection of top choices for personalised baby gifts:

Personalised nursery cushion (£49)
Our beautiful hand knitted merino cashmere blend nursery cushion can be personalised with baby’s name and date of birth. It’s a lovely addition to a nursery and a baby gift to be treasured!

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Personalised comfort blanket and booties set (£69)
Our sets with cute hand knitted cashmere comfort blankets (approx. 35cm x 35cm) and booties can be personalised with baby’s name on the blanket. For girls we hand embroider roses on each side of the name on the comfort blankets, and for boys we hand embroider soldiers on each side of the name. A truly unique gift!

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Personalised merino/cashmere cot blanket (£130)
Our lovely and practical merino/cashmere cot blankets (approx. 100cm x 100cm) can be personalised with baby’s name and date of birth in a central panel, and in each corner we hand embroider soldiers for boys and roses for girls. A fantastic gift for baby!

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Getting little ones ready for sunny weather

Last weekend, we heard the beautiful sunny weather had taken many mums by surprise. Few had left the house in the morning with sunscreen and sun hats in the changing bags, thinking it would stay cold for the rest of the day. But in the afternoon it was like any other fantastic summer day, and many were faced with a risk of getting sunburnt.

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about protecting little ones in the sun, and here are a few tips for what to look for this season:

Summer cardigan
It’s always useful to have a cardigan for layering in the summer, as the best way to protect baby’s skin in the sun is often to cover up. All our jackets can be made in a cotton/cashmere blend, which is ideal for summer.

Picot Edge Cardigan

Sun hat
It’s also worth carrying a sun hat around for the next few months, and always ensuring you can protect your little one when the sun comes out. We’ve got sweet baby sun hats, which can be made in a variety of Liberty prints, so they can match our gorgeous summer dresses, shirts and baby outfits.

Liberty print baby sun hat