May 24, 2010

Reader Request: Country French Baby Shower

My dear friend Meghann is hosting a baby shower in late summer, and has decided on a Country French theme. The shower will be held at a local crêperie in her hometown in Illinois. Meghann knows that she would like to use the color purple, along with lace accents, and create handmade lavender soap for favors. My suggestion would be to pair the color purple with pale green for a color scheme that is soothing and fresh. With her original ideas and my color palette suggestion, I’d like to show Meghann how she can put all of these details together to style an event that will be the crème de la crème of baby showers.

Country French Baby Shower

  • This lavender soap has real pieces of lavender in it for an extra sweet scent, and ties in the color scheme perfectly -- Intimate Weddings Blog

  • Decorate tables with small assorted vases or mason jars and rustic wooden boxes full of lavender colored blooms -- The Knot

  • Small sections of lace wrapped around linen napkins, secured with a button or straight pin look dainty on tabletops -- Martha Stewart

  • Invite guests to the shower with a toile printed invitation. The scalloped edges on this pale green toile invitation are oh so charming -- FineStationery

  • Cover a piece of cardboard with a light fabric, decorating the edges with lace, and mount it in a white frame. Use this piece to pin place cards to, and set it near the entrance for guests to see when they arrive -- Martha Stewart

  • Shower the mama-to-be with a basket full of lavender scented spa products. She will appreciate the prenatal pampering! -- Hostess with the Mostess

  • Meghann also let me know that she would like to decorate the space with a onesie garland. Simply hang a pretty piece of ribbon in the space, and place a basket of wooden clothes pins on a table nearby. Guests can be asked to bring a onesie to hang up, and the guest of honor can take them home with her. This purple Eiffel tower onesie would be the perfect addition to the garland -- etsy seller sarstar77

  • Create a lace corsage for the expecting mama to wear on her wrist or pin to her dress -- Martha Stewart

  • If the venue allows, hang vintage lace parasols from the ceiling, or place them around the room. This is a baby shower, after all! -- Hostess with the Mostess

  • The pièce de résistance will be a set of letters made from wired vines that spell out “bebe”. Hang this on the wall near the gifts, or string it along the front of a buffet table or drink station -- Martha Stewart

  • Finally, in addition to the crepes that will be served at the crêperie, mini quiches will make savory appetizers -- Martha Stewart