French Garden Bridal Shower

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My niece got married late last year.  The previous April I threw her a bridal shower. She had joined us on a family trip to Paris the previous year and this trip inspired the theme of her shower.  We loved the spring gardens and the delicious food.  I recreated a little piece of Paris to celebrate her special time.

The focus was on flower markets and flea markets.  Think lots of eclectic decor layered with pots of flowers.  I used  framed photos from our trip as well as some small souvenirs for decor. And, of course, mismatched vintage dishes.

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The centerpieces are surrounded by miniature roses.  These served as both the place cards and one of a few favors.

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These ribbon floral “chandeliers” were reused from from previous parties. I have added some fresh colors and combined the flowers balls with the ribbon rings from two past parties.  My vintage birdcage seems to be a great focal point for lots of events(although it lives on my patio full time).

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Menus were sewn together after printing, and these matched the invitations.

luncheon menu

luncheon menu

Our lunch consisted of my grandmother’s signature salad, chicken crepes with hericots vert, mixed fruit and assorted breads.  I made a fun dessert bar with macaroons, gilded sugar cookies, mont blanc, palmiers, petit fours and croquembouche.

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 Gilded cookies

Gilded cookies

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My niece took some amazing photos on our trip. I applied these pictures to fabric and made up lavender filled sachets. The fabric used for the backings match the fabrics used on the tables, invitations and menus.

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I used this same fabric to back some pastel washcloths. These were wrapped around some beautiful soap and put on the “flea market” table.

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This shower was definitely one of my favorite parties and a great example of using a theme to create a tangible atmosphere for your guests.

 

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