FRENCH COUNTRY CHIC BABY SHOWER

A French country chic theme is feminine, crisp, classy and lends itself brilliantly to an afternoon tea soiree. So when you have a friend who is about to have a baby, this is the perfect way to make her feel special and celebrate her impending new arrival, don’t you think?

The backdrop

Attaching a lace tablecloth to the pendant light and draping it down to the table reminded me of a traditional crib, so as well as fitting in with the French country theme it also works perfectly for a baby shower. #winner!

The Table

This gorgeous Ralph Lauren blue floral tablecloth from Homesense is the anchor that pulls this scheme together; an alternative would be to place a lace tablecloth over the top of a plain coloured one.

You can find a beautiful selection of table linens in Anthropologie and Not on the High Streettoo.

The crockery adds another classic touch and using different shapes and heights provided interest to the table. A similar classic platinum edged dinnerware set can be found here or plain white plates with doileys would work too.

Some white blooms maintain the feminine theme.

Printables

I used PicMonkey to create the printables; I LOVE PicMonkey! I’m not au fait with PhotoShop or InDesign so this online ‘Photo Editor and Graphic Design Maker’ is perfect for a novice like me and you don’t need to download software either.

I’ve used it previously to edit photographs, create party invitations and I use it regularly to produce my blog post header images too.

For these, I actually went to ‘Design’ and ‘Templates’ and edited an already existing design. This is another reason I love PicMonkey;this area of the site allows you to select templates for social media sites, banner ads, invitations, business cards, postcards and print sizes.

Once you’ve created your design you can save in the ‘hub’ then export as a JPEG or PNG file.

Food

I would love to tell you that I made some of these delicious sweet treats but the decorations were my DIY contribution this time! The good news is that you can taste just how scrummy they were. You can order the macaroons here and similar heart biscuits here.

For another special touch, you could also order personalised baby footprint biscuits or a personalised cake.

A rather British as opposed to French touch but as my friend loves scones, we also had all-butter scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam.

You can buy the heart ramekin here.

Drinks

One can’t possibly have an afternoon tea without tea! It’s always worth remembering to stock up on decaffeinated for the mum-to-be too.

Raspberry and Cranberry Cordial was also on offer, served in champagne flutes to give the sense of occasion.

If you’d like to introduce another DIY touch, you could create sprinkles-topped cups to serve your drinks in (read more here).

For baby shower balloons, banners, personalised decorations, favours and gifts, Party Pieces has a wonderful selection.

You can also check out my Pinterest board.

Please tag @ohsokel and use #OSKinspired on Instagram if you create something after seeing this post. I’d love to see the results!

Until next time,

OSK xx

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