Thursday, October 31, 2013

For Bébé

I had the pure pleasure and honor of hosting a baby shower for my oldest daughter this past weekend. Nina lives in New York City, but came home to be with family for this joyous event.

When I started planning the shower, I had to start with a theme. (It always starts with a theme, right?) After mulling over some ideas, I finally settled on a French theme.

You see, Nina is a Francophile (definition: a person who is friendly to or has a strong admiration of France or the French). Her bridal shower theme was all about French desserts (see it featured in this prior blog post). So it just made sense to continue that now for her baby shower as well. "Bébé" (the French word for baby) was taking center stage!

The menu was drawn up. It would include all French country picnic foods. It would also include a dessert bar of French pastries with a DIY crêpe station. The invitations were specially ordered from a custom stationery store. The favors were decided on (miniature jars of raspberry jam plus tiny pieces of toast, both imported from France). The decorations would be simple but elegant (hanging, homemade pompoms floating above each table). The music was compiled into an eclectic mix of French songs by such Parisian vocal greats as Edith Piaf, Francoise Hardy, Segei Gainsbourg, and Yann Tiersen. And the venue was secured (a beautiful, newly renovated party room in a luxury apartment on the Gold Coast). All that was left was the implementation.

With the unselfish help of all my daughters, we planned...and prepared...and executed. And all I can say is, it turned out to be a really beautiful day.

So, without further ado, I'm going to share the day with you pictorially. Hope you enjoy!