A reader T. asked for my advice. She is planning a baby shower at the office for her sophisticated boss. The baby room décor involved red and white toile fabric with gold and yellow accents.
T. told me she enjoy the French style baby shower board I made earlier this month. But since her event will occur at the office; she would prefer a simpler scheme. I put the accents on what she mostly needs help: paper plates, napkins and cakes.
T. expects 40 guests at this baby shower. From a cleaning time and money viewpoints, she opts for disposable products.
How to determine the decor style?
First, I decided that the napkins will harbor the Toile theme. With that in mind, it appears that a plate model with solid center where the rim as the center of attention will harmonize nicely with the napkins. I feel that full pattern plates lose their appeal once you filled them with food.
Before you start looking for products, imagine the scheme in your mind. It will guide your choice when shopping. You either select what comes closer to your initial plan or decide to update your plan.
Stylish paper plates and napkins by Caspari
I always gravitate towards complementary pieces rather than kits. Here I felt in love with this fuchsia and gold filigree border dinner plate by Caspari available at Fine Stationery. Once you find a great piece, you search for the complimentary pieces. The gold Angel Guest Towel napkins harmonize the plate. Both are powerful pieces. Together they make a statement.
I think that the three-ply-paper guest towel format looks almost as sophisticated as real linen napkins. This format suits very well a baby shower party. I suggest you roll them in advance with utensils inside and tie them up with a tiny gold or pink satin ribbon. A medium paper weight soft pink rimmed dessert plate will finish the meal in beauty and let the place to the dessert.
The light green glass is from cb2. The Satellite HD dish glasses have an unusual modern shape. Use them to serve fruit salad and sorbet in top of drinks. The Green Paper Cups by Caspari is an option for coffee or tea.
A second plate and napkin combination
I went to Polka Dot Design to compose another combination. The pink rim and gold border square plate looks sophisticated because of the gold border. I found the Rose Festive Toile luncheon napkins. The napkins are also available at Plum Party.
What is for dessert?
French excels at bakery. I suggest you go with classical cakes like the rich Opera Cake or the lighter Passionberry Duo. Serve smaller pieces if you opt for the outstanding Opera cake. Then serve an after-dessert treats called mignardises (bite sized baked items, confections, chocolate and truffles) to add a true French twist. Serve the mignardises with coffee or tea.
Caspari made a commitment to the environment
Although they make disposable napkins and plates, Caspari tries to do less damages to nature. Here is what they have to say about their commitment:
One of our key suppliers is a leader in the use of renewable resources such as wind powered electricity. The fiber they use to make paper comes from managed forests. In addition, Caspari Inc. uses only water based dyes for our napkins and plates. The bleaching of our napkins in preproduction uses oxygen instead of chlorine, eliminating the use of harmful chemicals.
There is no reason why could not bring elegance to an office baby shower party. If you do this, they will never be the same.
Buy online: Paper plates by Caspari at Fine Stationery
Buy online: Napkins by Caspari at Fine Stationery
Buy online: Tabletop accessories at Polka Dot Design
Buy online: Festive Toile collection at Plum Party – available in rose, blue and black
Learn more: European Desserts at Sweet Street Desserts
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kateOctober 16, 2007 at 16:19
Thanks so much for the mention! I did a roundup of our environmentally conscious vendors, but I was unaware that Caspari was working to reduce their environmental impact. This post looks great and makes being eco-minded easy!
Marie-EveOctober 19, 2007 at 14:51
Love this style and ideas! Thanks!
It’s inspire me for the next 1st bithday of my daughter next February. But, you are from Montreal, are you? If i want to buy on Internet from some web site that your theme is refering, could I from Quebec (Canada)? For example, Polka Dot Design ???
At Home with kim valleeOctober 19, 2007 at 17:19
The products that you like are from Caspari. It is widely available in kitchen and gift stores all over Canada and in Quebec.
Your best best is to find a retailer near you with a large selection. If they do not carry these models, ask them to order it for you.
Polka Dot design seems to only ship in the USA.
JenniferNovember 26, 2007 at 15:54
I absolutely love your ideas. And the desserts from Sweet STreet are to die for! They have a lot of delicious desserts that look trendy and fit in with any theme!
RamonaDecember 1, 2009 at 19:35
I’m an expecting Mother and absolutely love the idea of having a baby shower with a French Toile theme. I especially like the fact that it is a non-traditional baby shower theme! Do you have any recommendations for non-traditional activties or games to entertain my guest? I absolutely refuse to play the typical baby shower games but feel an obligation to keep my guest entertained. Any suggestions?
At Home with Kim ValleeDecember 2, 2009 at 13:13
Ramona: There is no obligations to play a game. I have been at wonderful baby showers without games. If you have many guests, remember that the gift opening session could be long. I feel that a baby shower is like a first birthday party; plan for 2 to 3 hours at the max. The reason is that many of the guests are mothers and they cannot leave home more than that.
One option is best described as the sweet baby moment tree. It is great for starting a conversation and could become a part of your party decorations. Set up a clothesline or a fabric bulletin board where every guest displays a baby photo (of themselves or one of their children). One by one, you briefly share a sweet or funny moment about your babyhood.
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