Welcome back to the series of the French Country Style Baby Shower.
French Country Baby Shower
In this post, we will take a look at the food, dessert
and drinks table, gift table, and the welcome table.
Throughout decor throughout the baby shower,
included decorative elements from multiple generations
of the matriarchs on both sides of my family.
The bear is from Mimi, our Texas grandma.
As I mentioned in Part. 2 the lacy velvet birds flew in with me from Alaska.
I purchased the miniature clothespins many years
ago knowing that one day they would come in handy.
Inside each of the gift favors were candles for each guest.
No table is complete without an arrangement of pretty flowers.
We couldn’t get enough of those blushing pink roses, fragrant stock, and pink calla lilies.
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.
It’s earthy and a little rustic colliding with elegance and so very pretty!
Never underestimate the power of gift wrap to
bring an explosion of color into any event where gift giving is customary.
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 my mom that I might need to whip up a ruffled table covering,
she pulled out this stunning set of ruffled draperies.
Nanny, New York grandma, had them custom designed and made many 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
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.
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: