Lisa’s all-white French-inspired baby shower

18 August 2016

Surprise! Lisa (unintentionally) tricked many of you with her shower outfit post from last week. Though the dress she wore to her shower had stripes, it was also white, which meant it was a perfect fit for theme no. 2! Though I adored all of the options (especially that juicy fruit one!!), a classic, fresh, all-white soiree was just right for my oh-so-classic pal.

Because I flew solo as the host, planning for this shower was a little different than past parties. On the one hand, I loved having complete artistic freedom (ha!), but I did have to carefully navigate all of the prep work and the expenses. Here’s how it went down!


Lisa LOVES a good invitation suite (girl after my own heart), so I splurged on this silver foil beauty from Minted. She says she’s keeping it forever, so I count it as a win :)


The guests did a fabulous job of dressing for the occasion! I know how much it meant to me to have the chance to gather with family and dear friends before June arrived, so it was sweet to play a small role in Lisa coming together with her dear ones — including her mom, sisters, mother-in-law, and family-friends-who-are-almost-sisters pictured here.




Girl LOVES her some brunch, so I knew that’s the meal we’d be serving. I made a few of the items, supplemented with some favorite store-bought goodies, and relied on friends to pick up a few. This was our menu:

— cucumber sandwiches (homemade)
— cheese board with fruit and baguettes (put together by a friend)
— mini pancake stacks (Trader Joe’s)
— chicken minis (a friend picked up from Chick-fil-a)
— mini lemon scones (Whole Foods)
— deviled eggs (homemade)
— lemonade, coffee, tea, ice water


Let’s talk about those peonies for a minute. White peonies in July?! If you know your wedding flowers, you know this is highly unusual. Turns out a friend of mine had seen peonies at her Trader Joe’s the week before, so I called mine and asked about ordering some (they can custom order flowers for you if you call ahead, FYI!). The TJ’s gal said she couldn’t guarantee anything because peonies aren’t in season, but that she would call me if they came in. She did end up calling me, and the peonies did come in. However, because they had mold on them, she couldn’t sell them to me — BUT if I wanted them, I could have them for free! (!!!) After removing brown petals from a few stems and tossing a few others, I was left with about three dozen gorgeous white peonies. Thank you, mold!



I also set up a separate dessert table with lots of bite-size treats. Our sweets menu:

— mini vanilla cupcakes (Whole Foods)
— mini pecan pies (made by Lisa’s mama)
— gourmet donuts cut into quarters (brought by a friend)
— chocolate and vanilla macarons (Trader Joe’s)
— chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet cake pops from Sugar Euphoria


We didn’t play any games, just chatted and ate and opened presents. I also had each of the ladies go around in a circle and offer Lisa encouragement as to why she’s going to be a great mama, which is similar to something I loved at my bridal shower.


And, everyone filled out two cards before they left. One was for Lisa (above), and the other was for her little boy. I’m not sharing it here because it included his name, but it was pretty much pirated from my baby shower :)


Lisa, you are thoughtful, smart, sentimental, intuitive, and loving, and you are going to be a wonderful mama. I can’t wait to walk beside you as you grow into your new role and was so happy to celebrate you last month. Much love to you!!

P.S. Lisa recapped the shower on her blog, too — see it here!

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August 18, 2016 8:17 am

I never would have thought I’d be thankful for mold, ha! I can’t imagine a sweeter or more perfect baby shower. You hit it out of the park, dear friend!! :)

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August 18, 2016 8:50 am

What a beautiful celebration for Lisa! I know she will treasure this forever. Also, I’m pirating that mama to be encouragement for a shower I’m throwing in September, if that’s all right! xo

August 18, 2016 9:23 am

Emily, you did such a BEAUTIFUL job with this shower! I am equally impressed that you organized this yourself as well as stuck to a budget. The food displays look absolutely lovely! <3

August 18, 2016 10:14 am

Beautiful! Not only does everything look great, but that spread looks delicious! :)

August 18, 2016 8:10 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! So glad you put this together and all I had to do was show up :) We are all lucky to have you!

August 19, 2016 1:34 pm

I am always flabbergasted by the exquisite parties southern women through for each other! Teach a Minnesotan how to do it, please. Your photography always makes my heart flutter. Cheers!

August 22, 2016 2:28 pm

I love showers! I remember how I loved I felt at my own bridal and baby and it was such a sweet, special time. I just got to help host one of my sister’s bridal showers and it was just the best being apart of making someone else feel SO loved! Your all white shower ideas turned out so great and what a steal with the peonies!!