Preview to Paris: A French-Themed Bridal Shower

I’m going to be in Paris in a few weeks for a wedding, an intimate celebration in the City of Lights. My top three cities are Chicago, NYC, and Paris – I can’t quite choose between the three – they all have their particular appeal, special hit to the senses.  But Paris has an even more ethereal allure, being across an ocean, worlds away from any American city.  So, I consider myself quite blessed to be able to bring my amazing clients’ wedding to life in ooh – La La, Paree.

On the way to the big day is, of course, the shower.  The bride had a very specific, elegant, lush aesthetic, combining essential Parisian elements (white bird cages, silver candlesticks, roses) with all the fixings of an afternoon tea.  (Tea, by the way, is as wholly French as it is British, but that’s for another post, another time.)  The ladies of the family brought out heirloom tea sets and we collected decor on sale at various outlets, and together all worked to create the ultimate backyard tea party.  I had a wonderful time assisting, and took a few snaps before the crowds arrived.

Homemade macarons by the bride's wonderfully talented sister in law.

A beautiful salad by Sticky Fingers Baking Company.

I volunteered to arrange the flowers - here are lisianthus with roses.

A long king's table with candlesticks, flowers, and silver teapots along the middle.

Lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling...delicious!

Bellinis, gourmet teas, homemade lemon curd, clotted cream from Chado Tea Room, and scones and salads by Sticky Fingers were all on the menu, along with a fully stocked tea station.  The weather was sunny and perfect; it couldn’t have been a better day.  If it’s any foreshadowing to the wedding itself, we’re in for a treat a la Paris.

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