Bridal Shower :: French Theme

Ooh la la! My friend Kasey is set to walk down the aisle in a few more weeks and to celebrate we brought Paris to California. The invites (available in the shop soon!) included a French bulldog since the bride has the cutest Frenchie named Olive and she’s mildly obsessed with the little thing! We had to have Olive represent!Come on in! (Crafty Jan gussy-upped this welcome sign, of course!)She has also previously hosted French-themed parties and I was lucky enough to borrow just about all the decor for the party… from the toile tablecloths……to the bustier purses we used to put Trader Joe’s peonies in……and all the other French knick-knacks.We strung black and pink lingerie from the ceiling (even though it was not a lingerie shower… It just screamed OOH LA LA!) and put Eiffel Towers here and there and everywhere. The mantle was draped with a feather boa & printable that said “Kasey Said Oui!”But I think everyone’s favorite part of the shower was “La Confiserie” … The candy shop!Serving all black and pink candy – and of course fresh macaroons – it was a hit. This is normally where my computer sits. I used toile fabric to line the back of the shelves, then used pink and white striped material as an awning. I threaded fishing line through wrapping paper tubes and thumbtacked the lines to the ceiling in order to create it. (A little disheveled in these pics but you get the idea.)How cute are those lollipops? They were 50 cents each from Walmart and had an ugly wrapper on them. Rewrapped in saran wrap, they got a fancy new look. Here’s another shot of the candy shop.The favors were placed in a three-tiered basket and placed so that guests would remember to take them.I made a label to place on the back of individual French Manicure sets from the dollar store. I’m sure they went straight to the daughters of the ladies at the party, but they were so on-theme, we couldn’t resist.(That’s what the front looked like!)More signs for purses and the ladies room.My couches happen to go fabulously with a theme like this! Ha! We added some pink pillows and hid the turquoise ones that are normally there to keep with the theme.I hosted this shower with 4 other lovely ladies but we don’t all live close to each other. Since decorating was taken care of on my end, all the hostesses just brought an appetizer and a bottle or two of champagne and we were set. From fondue to french fries, we were feeling tres stuffed.My mom made these french fry containers using her cricut machine. Unreal right? So cute. “Ooh la la” hung above our big mirror and “Tu est tres jolie!” was a nice pick me up in the restroom!In searching for a fun/not-painful bridal shower game, I came across Make Merry Event’s blog post with FREE Wedding Vow Mad Libs. Hilarious. Easy. Quick. My kind of game. I wanted these Mad Libs to match the party, so I took her wording and redesigned it for this party. We had everyone group off into sets of two and they had to fill them out blind. (One girl wrote and asked “adjective.” while the other one came up with funny answers.) We had Kasey read them once everyone was finished and choose the vows she liked best. She chose the one that said something like “I promise to (present tense verb) lick your (noun) cottonballs for (period of time) 5 minutes.” It was hysterical.The winners got to take home these pretty frames scored from Home Goods.It was a fun day with some fabulous ladies. Ooh la la! Now all we have to do is wait for the wedding! 


Supper Club :: French Theme

I am dedicating this entire week to the idea of the “Supper Club.” My husband & I are in such a ‘club’ (which our crew calls “Gourmet Group”) and the premise is simple… Get a few great couples together on a bi-monthly basis, each couple is assigned a dish and a drink to prepare, then chow down. It’s a really fun way to learn new techniques, try new foods, and for me, feel more comfortable in the kitchen… not my strong suit!These are photos from our French themed Gourmet Group gathering that my brother Jeff & sis-in-law Kelly hosted last November. (Keep in mind these photos were taken before I knew I’d be a party blogger!) Didn’t they do a great job? I love the rosemary sprig tucked into the napkin. So sweet.Sunflowers and roosters and radishes took over the tabletop, and we ate off of legit Quimper plates. It was truly a fab French provencal fete. They had everyone bring wines from different regions in France and set up a map of those regions so we could learn about where exactly our wine was coming from. Such a great idea. We ate everything from escargot to French onion soup to coq au vin. Such a great way to try so many different things. Just adorable, no? Ooh la la! I love me some French decor.
Well this weekend marked the end of our first cycle in our supper club. We were the last ones to host out of the seven couples and I will be sharing those photos tomorrow. (I was shooting for today but I was a little foggy on Sunday… probably the margaritas, hint hint.) Anyway, this week I will spill more about the way our club is structured, show photos of our and other’s supper club parties, and end the week with a supper club related Idea Thief post. It’s my first themed week! Whoo hoo! Is anyone else out there in a supper club? How do you structure it? What themes have you picked?
Okay! Ta ta and Adios! Hasta mañana… hint hint!