Welcome back to the series of the French Country Style Baby Shower.
This Pinnable graphic collage features some of those highlights.
French Country Baby Shower
In this post, I will cover details of the food, dessert
and beverage table, gift table, and the welcome/favor table.
As you enter the room through the double doors,
this is the welcoming reception table that sets the tone for this upscale event
that incorporated plenty of adorably cute details like the chintz fabric stuffed bear.
Throughout Lydia’s baby shower,
decorative elements from multiple generations
of the matriarchs from both sides of my family are used.
The bear is from Mimi, who was my dad’s mother.
The floral print bear was wearing a crocheted outfit.
Mimi was an avid crocheter and had made the clothing for this little girl,
but they didn’t work with the overall theme and style of the event.
The crocheted dress, booties, and bonnet had to go.
It is possible that the bear was hand-sewn by Mimi.
As I mentioned in Part. 2 the velvet and lace birds flew in with me from Alaska. 😉
I don’t recall where I found the mini clothespins.
I purchased them many years ago knowing that one
day they would come in hand and that day eventually rolled around.
The reception table includes favor gift boxes,
a jar for guests to leave tips, not the money kind of tips, but those are okay too.
This jar is for mom tips like how to combat “I’m Bored” syndrome.
No table is complete without an arrangement of pretty pink roses, fragrant stock, and a few pink calla lilies.
My other sister in law picked out and designed the favor gift boxes.
Considering I live in Alaska, my sister-in-law Christina lives in Orange County, California,
and we were communicating through texts and pictures, we pulled this off without a hitch.
Her choice of design for the favor boxes was beautiful.
The tone of the brown boxes picked up hues from the Manzanita branches used in the centerpieces.
They also incorporated nicely with the gray napkins
used underneath each place setting,
and also the touches of gray used on the dessert and beverage table.
In Part. 2 there is a link to a source where you can find various styles of Manzanita branches.
You can see the touches of gray and the natural wood tones
here in this photo of the main banquet style dining table.
It’s earthy and a little rustic colliding with elegance and so very pretty!
This table is where all gifts for expectant momma and baby were placed.
Never underestimate the power of gift wrap to
bring an explosion of color into any event where gift giving is customary.
This table covering is sentimental to our family.
I wanted to incorporate something with plenty of ruffles
and was going to make at least one ruffled table covering for Lydia and Paisley.
When I mentioned doing that to my mom, she pulled out this stunning set of ruffled draperies.
She inherited them from her mother.
Nanny had them custom designed and made many, many years ago,
long before ruffles were even all the rage.
Even back as a young teen I remember
seeing these in her home and loving them all those years ago.
Artfully arranged baby shower food ideas
And now, we are off to see what is for lunch.
If you aren’t hungry now,
you just might be after seeing this delicious feast prepared by my mom.
Homemade pasta salad with Genoa salami,
marinated artichoke hearts, black olives,
diced cherry tomatoes, red and yellow bell pepper.
Fresh sliced vegetables and dip
Tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, are sliced for sandwiches.
Fresh croissants and some other type of roll that I paid no attention to because I’m a Celiac.
Cape Cod potato chips served in some random plastic lid.
Keeping it classy. ha ha
Really, though? I don’t know how that happened.
My mother selected a variety of cheeses and meats from Boars Head deli;
turkey, ham, roast beef, American White Cheese, Lacey Swiss, and Provolone.
She hand rolled each slice of meat and laid
each piece of cheese onto her beautiful white serving dishes and trays.
Let’s step on over to the table and grab a plate.
My mother is exceptionally good at food prep.
Of course, I gave a bit of guidance on artfully arranging a few things.
Like… MOM put some scrappy lettuce leaves as garnish.
Now that you have had a virtual lunch,
it is time for a visit to the dessert and beverage table.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the choices?
Here’s a closer look….
How about a chocolate cupcake,
topped with frosting flavored with lemon zest,
and garnished with fresh seasonal raspberries and blackberries?
Perhaps a cupcake is a bit heavy after having a sandwich.
Maybe some yogurt artfully placed into a champagne
toasting flute, topped with blueberries and granola?
For those with a mild sweet tooth,
old fashioned spiral shaped strawberry candy
or a small ball of pink cotton candy might do the trick.
Berry flavored yogurt covered pretzels might hit the spot too.
Maybe you are waiting for the baby shower cake
to be sliced and would like a glass of bubbly champagne while you wait.
In that case, Almond Champagne
from Wilsons Creek Winery is an excellent choice.
It also happens to be my favorite champagne in the world.
Well, it’s the only champagne that I like,
so of course it’s a favorite when all the others taste like dirt or worse.
Here is a close up the baby shower cake.
Welcome, Baby Paisley 🙂
My sister-in-law, Christina, picked out the cake for Lydia’s shower.
The little pink booties and bows were such an adorable touch.
I believe I overheard something about white chocolate flavor in the cake.
The only thing I wish I had known about was the shape of the cake.
I would have purchased a cake stand similar to the stand used for the cupcakes.
Varying height on dessert tables is not only a nice visual touch to the styling,
but it serves to break up the repetition of desserts or foods on a table.
And finally, I will conclude this French Country Baby Shower
series with one more photograph of the drinks.
The junk in the background is folding
plastic tables and roller cart full of plastic chairs.
Pink lemonade and passion fruit tea is available through Tazo brand.
It was served in mason jar dispensers with cute little gray and white striped straws.
One more thing I nearly forgot to mention,
the pink damask pattern paper down the center
of the dessert and lunch table is a roll of inexpensive gift wrap.
That was something that I had on hand and carried with me from Alaska to California.
Next week I will be back to sharing furniture and fall.
Thank you for hanging with through this series of styling a baby shower.
I hope you enjoyed it and gained some new ideas for your future events.
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This week I will be sharing with the following ladies: