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Hey kojo friends- Jordan here! I’ve missed being around here lately (other than my weekly hyatti installments, of course). Turns out that the whole ‘moving-across-the-ocean-with-three-kids’ thing has been a little more intense than I’d anticipated. We are finally catching our breath a little, settling in, adjusting to the cultural differences (some aspects are easier adjustments than others). I even helped put together a baby shower last week- a sure sign that we’re getting back to ‘normal life.’
I can’t tell you how much I have missed throwing parties! In six months of living out of a suitcase, one of the hardest things for me was not being available to play hostess. So, when my dear friend, Brittany, mentioned that she was going to throw a shower for a friend I jumped at the chance to help!
I’ve only been to Paris once, so most of this is based that, but simple and romantic are two words I would use to describe most little Parisian cafes. We arranged chairs in small groupings, each with a tea light and used vases of flowers to give it a cafe feel. Other than that we used simple coordinated signs to tie everything together. And, of course, the food was the main focal point.
The piece de resistance (yes, I think I’m clever) was the “bebe” sign floating whimsically in the archway. I made it my wrapping cardboard letters in yarn. It was the perfect extra touch to give the shower the romantic fell we were going for. The tutorial for the floating yarn sign is here.
My favorite decor detail? The use of French in the signage (just enough to get the point across, without it being to confusing for non-french speakers). I also used the same scalloped edge as was on the invitation.
FOOD and DRINKS
Isn’t the best part of any shower the food? The french make it pretty easy to use a couple of simple ingredients to make something fabulous. Again, simple is perfect in this setting and the food was pretty effortless.
The hit of the shower was, for sure, the croissants with nutella. So simple, so french and so.very.delicious.
We gave small bags of madeleine cookies as our favors. It was the prefect simple ending to a perfectly simple shower.
Au revoir and bon jour! 🙂