Saturday, December 1, 2012

Bonjour Bebe

Bonjour Bebe

In celebration of my sister Shannon’s Christmas baby, we put together a “Bonjour Bebe” French fete fit for a queen. My sister Holly, my mom, two of Shannon’s best friends (Larissa and Domini), and I made a great team. (Ilex and Ivy helped, and Drake even helped people park out in the freezing rain). It was a dark and stormy day and I didn’t get all the pictures I wanted to get, but I think I caught the essence. {grin} (A few pictures here were taken by Larissa.) We had a great turnout of over 40 people, some traveling a long distance in nasty weather!

Shannon is the queen event-planner so it was a great privilege (and challenge!) to throw her a party (in classy Shannon-style) where she could just relax and enjoy herself. After years of creating parties for others, she deserved to be the star of the show!

Bonjour Bebe (3)


  • White linen tablecloths with burlap runners
  • French-themed children’s books and toys (French wooden blocks and memory games) on the guest tables
  • White pitchers with hawthorn branches and lovely red berries (arrangements by Holly)
  • Water carafes on the tables
  • Personalized French-themed bookmark party favors handmade by Domini
  • “Wish” papers for guests to share wishes for baby, made by Larissa
  • A French-themed children’s book, Chasing Degas, used as a guest book (guests signed the inside cover)
  • Burlap “Bonjour” banner made by my mom, Aunt Melody, and Grandma when my mom was down visiting
  • Silver tray chalkboards made by Domini
  • French children’s music playing the the background
  • Vintage pram, oversized Eiffel Tower, and large chalkboard on an easel at the entrance


  • Croissants and French rolls
  • Meats and cheeses (including a yummy soft cheese from France)
  • Chicken salad
  • Multigrain crackers
  • Artichoke and spinach dip
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Olives
  • Nutella and raspberry preserves
  • Grapes
  • Caprese bites (cherry tomato, fresh basil, fresh mozarella)
  • Chocolate pie bites (made by Domini)
  • Sour cream pastries (made by me)
  • Lavender heart cookies (made by Holly and Ivy)
  • Belgian chocolates
  • Pirouette wafers
  • Cream puffs and Madeleines
  • Orchard punch and coffee
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This was the invitation (with some of the personal information erased):

Shannon Baby Shower Invite Final (2)


Susan said...

Beautiful and how exciting. I cant wait to see photos of baby girl!

Danielle said...


grandma and grandpa said...

Oh! How I would have loved to be there!! I almost felt like I was from your pictures and hearing of the plans. Does the doc think she will arrive early? We probably all hope so and are so excited. Grandma

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a classy shower. I think it's the best one I've ever seen!