We recently celebrated my dear friend Tootsie’s impending wedding with a Paris themed bridal shower. Tootsie, knowing me all too well, asked for a very specific direction (Paris, Purple) and let me run with it. Over the course of several weeks I planned and re-planned, debating which details would work to make the day magical for her and fun for everyone included. I love her and I love planning parties, so this was pretty much my favorite past time for a while.
In the end, the party went in a (very) loosely themed Paris tea direction. The bride to be had originally wanted to take tea, but when plans fell through I knew I had to implement as much as this theme into her direction as possible.
However, August in Southern California is really not conducive to tea drinking, and I couldn’t imagine trying to serve those poor ladies tea in 90 degree heat. Instead, I tried to implement other aspects that would give it that high tea feel with a French twist.
In lieu of tea I went with a champagne bar, which not only adds the fun of bubbly but customized bubbly. Like tea if tea were alcoholic, cold, and fizzy. This was especially popular with the ladies, despite its lack of tea-ness.
Rather than the traditional scones and cucumber sandwiches, I served croissant sandwiches, bite-sized sweets, and strawberry and Nutella crepes on tiered tea trays. (The madeleines, despite being made a la Costco since I am a planner and not a baker, were nonetheless my favorite treat of the bunch.)
To decorate, I went with a black and white damask-eque design and put bright pops of purple to lighten it all up. The tiered tea trays (holding my delicious madeleines) were made from Dollar Store parts, spray painted, and glued together. I was especially pleased with how these came out, since I wasn’t quite sure I had used the right adhesive. Other items included rhinestones, sparkly Eiffel towers, and some hand written signs to give it a more personalized charm.
In the end, I was very pleased how everything came together. You never quite know how it will look until the day of, and thankfully it worked out well.
The bride to be was greeted at the door with a black lacy sash and a dozen of her best friends. We ate and drank and talked for hours. One of the bridesmaids hosted two games which completely made the party. I wish I had gotten pictures, but I was laughing far too hard to care. From hanging panties to blushing toilet paper clad brides, everyone had a fantastically fun time.
Tootsie seemed to really enjoy herself, as did everyone else. After all the planning and decorating, it really just comes down to the people you surround yourself with. Everything else is just extra hidden pockets of beauty in this extraordinary life.