19 May

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Today’s Real Party feature is nothing sort of, well…”EXCEPTIONNEL” – to use an appropriate term for this absolutely gorgeous French Circus-inspired soirée!

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Designed and brought to life by the creative minds behind Alchemy Fine Events and Canvas and Canopy, this is definitely not your typical baby shower… (unless, of course you’re accustomed to being greeted by stilt walkers and seated in translucent crystal ghost chairs beneath a sky of vintage umbrellas and parasols at the baby showers you attend!)

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

As you can probably tell from the dazzling pics and event recap to follow, no detail was left unturned at this lavish celebration, which offers up fabulous inspiration for occasions like bridal showers, weddings, and chic milestone birthdays as well.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Read on for tons of beautiful images and and all the party details, as told by the Lollipop Girls… 


REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

“In January we hopped on a plane to New Orleans to do a shower for a mommy-to-be with a baby girl along the way. The French soiree was co-ed and a celebration for both of the sophisticated and stylish parents.

We went with a pale pink, baby blue and onyx palette for baby Genevieve along with a Parisian circus vibe to play off of the French influence of New Orleans and to add a whimsical element.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Elegance, jeweled antiques, and vintage Barnum & Bailey were the major influences in our design. Inspired by the whimsy and eccentricity of an early 1900’s Parisian circus  we wanted the shower to feel glamorous, whimsical, opulent and for guests to say ‘ooh la la’ upon entering!

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Lush tabletops of anemones, peonies, and ranunculus, resembling the Parisian gardens of the Champs-Élysees were set atop round ice blue Russian linens with caps emulating couture clown collars.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Black and white canopy striped napkins were layered with blush pink velvet ribbon and the tables were framed with transparent crystal Victoria ghost chairs.

Playing off of the baby ‘shower’, vintage umbrellas and Parisian parasols hovered over tables with strings of dripping crystals that refracted the blue uplighting and resembled raindrops.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

The entire room was washed and ensconced with baby blue lighting to create an ethereal effect while the ruffled, pagoda style umbrellas hung at varying heights creating drama over the dining tables.

The “Carousel de la Tour Eiffel” photo op of a vintage ferris wheel with the Eiffel tower looming in the background was set up in the corner. The ladies were able to pose for photos with vintage parasols and the men posed with pastel bubble gum cigars in honor of baby Genevieve.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Next to the photo op was a dessert buffet with a vintage Patisserie sign, a glittering chandelier and a striped cake perched in the middle.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

The dessert table resembled a true Parisian patisserie with large spheres of popcorn balls on crystal cut glass cake stands, pastel treats in bowls, macaroons in pale palettes of pink, sherbert green, and lemon yellow.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Rock candy in bright punch-pink and otter pop blues, cupcakes swirled with pastel frosting and old-fashioned stick candy with swirling stripes were labeled with custom pink tags and boldly striped ribbon.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

The dessert was even served by a comical baker wearing a chefs hat to add to the topsy turvy circus feel!

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Inspired by big top tents, trapeze artists and French circus performers we had a stilt walker greeting guests at the door and waiters with clown couture costume makeup serving appetizers true to French Creole cuisine.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

A mixologist served sweet tea and strawberry drinks with pink flags that said ‘baby love, ooh my baby love’ from a bar covered with candelabras topped with blushing pink peonies.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Guests were enveloped in music from a DJ spinning beats in front of a large spinning ferris wheel mural that was situated behind him as a backdrop.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

Surrounded by chipped bricks and loft like space, modern white belly bars topped with tall candelabras created a contemporary twist on a traditional French bistro.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

No detail was left unturned, including the vintage circus signs on the bathroom doors, “the clowns” sign for the men and “the tightrope walkers” for the women.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

The walls were sprinkled with custom circus posters and white ceramic elephants guarded Evian bottles emblazoned with a Christian Lacroix print that were the guests take home gifts.

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

The entire evening had that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that can only be expressed in the French language of love, and guests exclaimed that they felt truly transported to another place!”

REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower



EVENT DESIGN: Canvas and Canopy and Alchemy Fine Events

STATIONERY DESIGN: Alchemy Fine Events

VENUE: Vintage Uptown

LINENS: Wildflower Linens

ENTERTAINMENT: Carl Mack Presents

FLORIST: Diane with Fat Cat Flowers – (504) 486-8580


UMBRELLAS: Bella Umbrella

Toulousse Gourmet
Stephanie with Food Art
Chef Will – (crawfish, corn bisque, chicken drumlets)

DJ: DJ Hektik

Submitted by: Be Inspired PR


P.S. – A note regarding Real Party Features:
We’ve received TONS of Real Party & Event submissions recently, and there are sooooo many amazing parties that we’d love to feature. If I haven’t responded to your submission (which is most likely the case) PLEASE don’t feel ignored. I appreciate all of the hwtm readers so much and truly wish that it was possible to personally respond to every email – it’s just that there are literally hundreds of submissions & inquiries in the inbox right now, new ones coming in daily, and just too few hours in the day, plain and simple… especially between juggling several regular work projects, a huge addition to HWTM launching later this year (yay!), and – of course – the newborn to attend to!

With everything that’s going on, I’ve realized that something’s gotta give, and email correspondence has to be that thing for now. However, we still warmly welcome & appreciate all submissions, and hope to soon have a new person on board that will specifically help manage Real Parties & other types of correspondence. Thanks so much for your patience & understanding!

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Yaz Jenkins SAYS:

Ooh La La – I love anything Parisian and this just takes the cake!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

Tina- Bash Event Studio SAYS:

This just yummy! You did an exceptional job ladies!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 11:36 am


This is absolutely stunning! There are many little details that really make the whole event beautiful!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

Jessica SAYS:

I just adore this. Its wonderfully vintage french with out being corny. So beautifully elegant!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

Chris@Celebrations At Home SAYS:

Wow! This was a spectacular event!
LolliGirls did it again!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Marcie SAYS:

Gorgeous! Love the umbrellas on the ceiling! So lovely!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Lindsey SAYS:

WOW! Thats all I can say!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Shannon Richardson SAYS:

Adorable!!!! I love that the shower has a vintage twist!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

vanessa ruiz SAYS:

I love this theme…amazing!!!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Leslie Watkins SAYS:

C’est manificque!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Lynne LaFond DeLuca SAYS:

yummy. . . truly melting over this one! How did you do the Evian water bottles with the Christian Lacroix print? Was this something that slipped over the bottle?

Reply May 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Heather SAYS:

How fabulous! Both whimsical and elegant!


Reply May 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Angel SAYS:

This is elegant and yet so fun! Love it!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Jovan SAYS:

I’m glad that I was able to work with a truely gifted group of individuals. It was amazing!!! I can’t wait to work with you guys again!!! Kudos!!!! Thank you, Lolliladies!!!!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Terrie SAYS:

Simply amazing! Vintage,modern,opulant all mixed into one Parisian Theme. You ladies went over the top per usual!!!!

Reply May 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

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