To celebrate my friend Angie’s baby girl on the way, some friends and I planned a sweet and vintage Pâtisserie themed shower.
Pâtisserie is the French word for a bakery that specializes in pastries and sweets; add coffee to that mix and you get a combination that reminds me of Angie. Let’s just say that many of our party planning meetings are over coffee and a scone, and we’re known to deliver our latest baked creations back and forth. It’s a beautiful friendship.
The decor inspiration came from this beautiful baby shower that we both liked (from Where the Green Grass Grows Designs). Angie especially loved the natural brown paper look, so we included this and put our own twist on the menu and color scheme. Here is the invitation I designed (now available in my shop):
The beautiful banner backdrop was hand made by our friend who tied long strips of fabric to a piece of rope. We then hung it from the porch covering with string. A lot of the decorations were items we have in our homes, like the chalkboard, clock, Eiffel Tower, and fruit basket (used for croissants).
Lace tablecloths gave the party a sweet vintage look, and we served coffee from beautiful antique teacups and saucers.
Another friend made all of the floral arrangements, including small vases for each of the tables and larger arrangements for the main tables serving food and drinks. Since the shower began at 7:00 p.m., the party felt more and more intimate and beautiful as we enjoyed appetizers and dessert by the light of candles and white twinkle lights.
This gorgeous chandelier completed the French decor, and I can’t wait to reuse it in the new nursery I’m working on for baby girl #2. It is from Lot 26 Studios which has great prints, wall decals, and DIY decor. Note: It came with dangling jewels that were originally bright pink, but I spray painted them black to match this event. It took all of 5 minutes and I love the way it turned out – the possibilities are endless!
- Things from our homes with a French or vintage feel
- Fabric banner
- Lace tablecloths
- Vases with fresh flowers
- Candles and twinkle lights
- Vintage tea sets
- Printables (food labels, favor tags, Wishes for Baby cards)
Here are some detail shots of the delicious food.
- Various cheeses and crackers
- Olives, pickles, dried fruit, and nuts
- Roasted tomato tarts
- Croissants and baguette with chocolate almond butter and jams
- French macarons
- Petits fours
- Eclair bites
- Sparkling lemonade
- Ice water
- Coffee (a Keurig machine with different options)
Normally party favors are an afterthought for me when I put a lot of effort into planning the other party details, but I just loved everything about these favors. A friend suggested tea as a favor, so I found some excellent flavors on amazon.com. I am now addicted to Harney and Son’s Vanilla Comoro, Paris, and Mother’s Bouquet – three very different but delicious flavors. It was such a treat to enjoy these after the shower.
I designed the labels to give the names and flavors of the teas, and they also said, “Thanks for coming!” in French. I considered a few different options for how to package them, but one day in World Market I stumbled upon these mini takeout boxes that were just the right size, and they were even on sale for buy one get one free! I punched the labels with a scalloped punch (but round would also work) and stuck them on with double sided tape.
Finally, we were thinking of a fun activity the guests could do for Angie and loved the “Wishes for Baby” cards found the shower that inspired us (see link above). I created this version and I love the way they turned out. Angie also really enjoyed reading through them and seeing the thoughtful wishes her close friends had for baby girl.
It really was a special evening as we celebrated Angie’s baby girl (who could arrive any day now). A huge thank you to everyone who helped by cooking, decorating, or hosting!