Greetings and signage created by my on site coordinator, and cousin, Ekaterina!
These paper doilies would make a great, and cheap, alternative for chargers on the dinner table. Will definitely recreate this look at home.
Another rare Mr. MPCC siting!
Competition was intense during the baby game set. The winning team finished in record time. I now have baby socks to outfit a village!
Oh, almost forgot outfit details! I wore a Tibi dress scored on clearance at TJ Maxx (similar here). Plenty of room for baby bumps, lady lumps, and in slimming black. The earrings were a find at CUSP by Kenneth Jay Lane (in red at Zappos). Underneath all that material I managed a pair of Jimmy Choo wedges in leopard (this year's version), all day!
A bushel of baby books- including Bonsoir Lune, art cards, and songs in French for children!
Photos: All courtesy of my my talented, dear, life long, extra fabulous friend, Kara Clark.
If you follow things from Mon Petit Chou Chou on instagram you probably saw that my baby shower went down two weeks ago- I can't believe it! It was a gorgeous day, gorgeous venue, wonderful friends and family, all in all a perfect way to fete bebe.
Our venue was a new local spot, Steel & Rye, a fabulous restaurant that just opened up the street from us and has quickly become a weekly outing. They have a thoroughly progressive cocktail program (as the name would lead you to believe), delicious seafood, and farm fresh to table cuisine, not to mention the perfect rustic, industrial decor.
Husband's one request? Keep this event budget friendly. The gauntlet hath been thrown! Time to channel my innermost DIY, decor, diva and rock this out.
I began prep by focusing on a French market theme, complete with lavender accents. As posted previously, gifts for guests were home made bottles of lavender simple syrup, complete with recipe ideas for cocktails. Guests definitely need to report back if they recreated the delicious cocktail Ted, bartender extraordinaire at Steel & Rye, crafted for the day. Ted's cocktail was quite fancy, including a lavender tincture (something of a cross between a bitter and a flavored syrup, concentrated in a sous vide), which he soaked into sugar cubes and poured champagne over. I have been using the extra syrup in champagne cocktails for husband, an addition to sangria, on fruit, and in lemonade. Another pal of mine also used it a top her daily Fage yogurt, genius!
Flowers were a combination of potted dried lavender and DIY bouquets I crafted with peonies, goldenrod, and green hydrangea. Rustic burlap runners, doilies, vintage photos, banners, and all nature of things were sourced from vendors on Etsy. I filled in a lot of the blanks with crates, vases, and goodies from Homegoods, of course. My newly unleashed crafty persona also managed to assemble a vase for the entrance table, put together with branches and vintage baby photos.
Steel & Rye whipped up a delicious custom menu for the shower, down to my favourite cupcakes- carrot cake with salted caramel cream cheese frosting (I was even able to score the recipe! Trust me, I'll be making a batch of these ASAP). The lucky guest who found the creepy plastic baby inside their cupcake scored a prize for enduring the traumatic event....a play on the Mardi Gras staple galette des rois.
A special shout out to my lovely friend Mary and Aunt Leslie, who coordinated games for the event, which were executed to perfection:
-Guests were given an old fashioned diaper pin upon entry (which you can see on me in the pics) and challenged not to say the word baby throughout the afternoon- if you caught someone in the act, you got their pin!
-I loved watching people split into two teams and see which team could assemble their basket of baby socks into matching sets the fastest. I thought this might take a while- I was wrong! Competition was heated. And I now have enough baby socks to outfit the entire hospital maternity ward.
-While guests ate, they were asked to complete a card of baby advice mad-libs for me and the Mr., I just loved going through these after the shower, full of funny, sweet, and insightful advice.
-Guests were also asked to contribute their thoughts, wishes, advice, for baby and parent for each letter of the alphabet, all bound in a beautiful book.
It was a casual day of festivities, full of my favourite people. Exactly what I wanted. Thank you so much to all my friends and family for joining us and helping make it happen. Bebe MPCC (et moi!) is lucky to have so much guidance from knowledgeable mamas, and friends, ready to welcome her into the world. Thank you! Thank you!