Elizabeth’s Baby Shower: Decor

shower favor

Photos by Evan Janke.

It was an honor and joy to host a shower for my dearest of dear friends, Elizabeth. Sharing hosting duties with lovely Misha, we set out to create a luncheon worthy of mama and her sweet baby girl.

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Sad truth: I’m wearing four-inch heels.

The inspiration and starting point for everything was Elizabeth — she’s married to a Frenchy, went to pastry school in Paris and worked for Martha Stewart Magazine (no pressure!). This led to a French bistro vibe for the table, Elizabeth’s favorite color combo of pink and grey with a clean, feminine look aiming for a mix of sophisticated and sweet.

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I also wanted to make things look and feel a little different. Elizabeth is one of my best friends and has attended nearly every party and dinner I’ve had at the house. Be it Easter, Thanksgiving or Fourth of July, Elizabeth is usually right next to me, both at the table and in the kitchen.

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French soaps wrapped in parchment marked the guests names for seating. Clever Misha wrote on the back, “From Elizabeth’s shower to yours.” After guests sat down we collected the soaps into a basket placed by the front door — the soapy smell wouldn’t dominate the table and as guests left they could grab their favor.

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I’d planted Cafe au Lait Dahlias months ago in anticipation of the shower, but they failed to make it. Thankfully, the flower mart had plenty of blooms in dreamy shades of pink and grey.

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Rose Story Farm roses, Cafe au Lait Dahlias, Dusty Miller, Queen Anne’s Lace and a bit of white lavender.

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My mom graciously sent up a collection of pewter coups and bowls from her collection. I filled them with Spanish moss and succulents, like this Lola here.

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Next up, I’ll share a peek at the menu and food — you’ll see what happens when obsessive foodies let those fanatical flags fly. Cheers to Elizabeth and baby!

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15 thoughts on “Elizabeth’s Baby Shower: Decor”

Val,
What an amazing shower. Elizabeth is such a love and deserved that beautiful event. You are both lucky to have each other as friends. I’m sure the menu was amazing, but the flowers just kill me. So beautiful.
Hugs,
Eileen

Beautiful decor ….. but I especially love that all your guests are seated at one table – I would love more details on the table itself – one long table? leaves? old or new? Sources?
Thanks – Kate

your flower arrangements and table layout are amazing. The chairs especially stood out as a decorative accomplishment. Very well put together!

Just absolutley elegant and beautiful. LOve the succulent and lacy effect out of the old silver champagne glass.
Also loved Mama Elizabeth’s high heels !!!

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