The tendency when planning a baby shower is to go into high-gear cutesy mode: pink this, blue that, and lots of bottle and booties paraphernalia. But for those who want a slightly more sophisticated vibe, we asked talented party planner (and StrollerTraffic’s own DC Scout) Liz Seccuro of Dolce Parties for some non-babyish favor ideas that chic urban moms would love to give—and get! Here, her top five.

Beautifully packaged sweets. “My new obsession is Brooklyn-based artisanal sweet shop, Whimsy & Spice. Their handmade marshmallows are especially fun for a shower ($6 per dozen). If you give them enough time, they will personalize the wrapping.”

Crowd-pleasing beauty products. “I love to give Stila’s 8-pack of mini Lip Glazes ($25)—there’s something in it for everyone.”

An inspiring cookbook. “My favorite cookbook for any woman is Park Avenue Potluck Celebration ($20). Great menus and gorgeous shots of New York apartments and East End beach houses. The recipes rock, too. Plus, proceeds go to Memorial Sloan Kettering—cook for a cure!  Just wrap in satin ribbon or baker’s twine, pile them on a table, and have guests take one as they leave.”

A photo envelope. “I like the Kate’s Paperie range of photo envelopes ($26.50) and brag books, which come in pink, blue or a stylish neutral gold.”

Fancy tea.
“I love to gift partygoers with tea from venerable Takashimaya in New York ($20). So chic.”