How Amal Clooney and Serena Williams Threw Meghan Markle the $80,000 Baby Shower of Her Dreams

The Duchess of Sussex was showered with love by friends Gayle King, Misha Nonoo and more

By Cydney Contreras Feb 20, 2019 9:24 PMTags
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Meghan Markle is having a baby shower fit for a royal. 

The lucky few guests who nabbed an invite to the Duchess of Sussex's New York City baby shower are in for a treat! Tatler reports that A-listers Amal Clooney and Serena Williams coordinated a luxurious and peaceful celebration for the mother-to-be at the penthouse of the Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The upscale penthouse costs $75,000 a night, according to the hotel website. 

Markle's gracious hosts, who are rumored to be footing the bill, softened the hard lines and modern decor of the contemporary building by arranging for bunches of peonies to surround the guests. These flowers likely cost a pretty penny since peonies are out of season. One florist estimates that they are priced at $15 a stem, or $180 for each arrangement. 

Roses were also delivered to the penthouse earlier this morning and could cost $85 per arrangement. If 20 centerpieces of each flower are ordered, the bill would tally up to an estimated $5,300.

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As for the entertainment, Williams and Clooney enlisted the help of harpist Erin Hill. According to the musician's website, she charges $300 to start for wedding ceremony music and her most popular wedding package is $625. 

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While the guests mingle and dote on the expecting mother they can nibble on cotton candy, which can cost $125.50 for 50 servings. 

Photographers also spotted a bunch of Away luggage boxes being carried into the Mark, suggesting that the Duchess is giving the trendy suitcase as party favors to her guests. Perhaps she is trying to encourage her friends to travel across the pond when the baby comes!

Gifts not included, the total cost of the shower adds up to an impressive $83,665.50.

As for the list of lucky attendees, Gayle KingMisha NonooMarkus AndersonDaniel MartinTaryn ToomeyJessica Mulroney and more were included in the festivities. 

Tomorrow, Meghan is set to return to London since she and Prince Harry have royal duties to attend to. But there is no doubt Meghan enjoyed the time with her friends before baby no. 1 arrives!

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