A Chic, Woodland Bridal Shower…

Apr 11, 2011 | Full Time Family | 26 comments

Mom and I have been little planning maniacs…
Between Shop the Shed,
Fifi’s upcoming book signing and of course,
Little Sisters Bridal Shower!!!
It was beautiful and I am breathing a sigh of relief to check another event off the list!
Chels, like her big sister loves “Tiffany Blue”  so that was our starting point… then I found this inspiration photo online…
Moss? – Check
Macaron Tower?- Check
Birch bark? – Check
Totally inspired?
Check!
 Nine batches of macarons in 
Tiffany Blue/Coconut/with light gold dust
Teal/Lemon Curd – with hand painted edible gold “C”s for “Chelsea”
Cream/Hazelnut/with heavy gold dust

 I have made about 6 macaron towers in the last year, trial and error, getting the balance and placement right… though I am not yet using a marzipan cake for my structure a-la-Ladurée I am really, really pleased with how they are coming out.  I stood back after the first few layers and had to snap this photo I was so excited.   I hope to be making some for Fifi’s upcoming book signing – she is after all, a REAL Parisienne!
 It took about six months of trying but I have perfected my macarons.  They are full and chewy inside (not hollow), the feet, les pieds, are almost perfect – they really aren’t supposed to “stick out” the sides.  Rather they are to stack straight under the cookie.  But after tweaking my oven temps, finding a pan to cook them all evenly, etc. I no longer have “macaron disasters” like I did the first few months as I spent that time experimenting with different ingredients and techniques.  I am a perfectionist and I want them to look and taste just like they were made by a Parisian pastry chef – you can’t make a flat, ugly hunk of bread and call it a French Baguette just ’cause it tastes like one – the same with macarons.  They have very specific characteristics – it’s not just about the taste.  
 The gift-
Teal rubber gloves, Tiffany blue floral apron, Teal specialty garden spade and two Tiffany blue made in Portugal stoneware casserole dishes – for a Domestic Goddess in Training.  The flowers are from last years garden and the doily is from my huge stash of vintage paper doilies.  Perfect for sweet treats and little love notes.
 The party favors!
 Mom and I wandered Geneva a couple weeks ago and she found these DARLING teal tweed birds that she TOTALLY tricked out to look like “Bird and Wife”.  Vintage ribbon and millenary flowers for the brides ensemble.
The hat is a wooden knob that Mom had in her stash from an old dresser, the bowtie – a silk ribbon.
 The bar – avant punch poured but here is my “everyone loves it” punch recipe for your next gig:
Equal parts Ginger Ale and Champagne with lots of scoops of floating Raspberry Sherbet to keep it cold!
 The desert table and food table in the back ground.  The beautiful house is my Aunt Ruth’s – she loves to host the showers since our old homes are a little chopped up for visually entertaining large groups.  She hosted mine, my sister-in-laws and now my sisters.
 When we do a shower here is our standard faire:
-Homemade chicken salad with grapes
-Banana bread/Focacia
-Fresh Fruit

It’s affordable, lovely and the guests feel very treated. 
 Aunt Ruth did the breads, Mom made the chicken salad and my darling cousins arranged all the plates – they did a lovely job.
I couldn’t resist another photo!
 I won’t bore you with too many family photos but darned if my girls didn’t look just precious that day!  Left to right – Our Guest of Honor, Chelsea (little sister by ten years) Amélie, Juliette and Moi.
 Chelsea and SIL Victoria
 The gorgeous soon to be Bride and Flower Girl!
Aunt Ruth has a nice big yard that the kids rambled around – I swear I need a farm for those sweet Chickens!  Sigh.
All in all we got the look we wanted for the budget we had set.  A “look” has been set too as the wedding invitation has a similar look to our Chic, Woodland, shower…
Now wait ’til you see the wedding!

26 Comments

  1. French Countryside Farm

    WOW!

    How STUNNING!

    You are a VERY talented person.

    The Chic Woodland theme is so unique. I LOVE the colour scheme. I can’t believe you had time to juggle 3 children along with another Sweet Pea on the way, while planning and creating a Bridal Shower. You are an inspiration!

    Thank-you for sharing this joyous moment with us.

    Sandra

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  2. Ido

    Everything looks perfect! And you look gorgeous!
    Have a wonderful day.
    XXX Ido

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  3. Stephanie

    Sooo gorgeous! I love how no detail is overlooked. The guests must have felt so special.

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  4. Kimberly

    Lovely! Can I join your family? 🙂

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  5. Blondie's Journal

    Everything looks beautiful, Angela, and your macarons delicious and pretty. This was a wonderful shower!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. à la parisienne

    Just to attend a bridal shower and say I ate handmade macarons would make me feel like a queen.
    I love the unexpected color of Tiffany Blue mixed with a woodland theme-very unique and beautiful.

    I can only imagine how long you held your breath as you were transporting the macaron pièce de résistance to your Aunt Ruth’s!

    Hmmm….I’m wishing I could have you make a macaron tower for me in September…
    Beautiful job on the bridal shower. I’m sure your little sister will be enlisting more help from you for her wedding-such a special time to utilize your God-given talents.

    Mandy

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  7. philben5

    Oh so very stunning! I am in the process of planning my daughters graduation and have been wondering how I would get different heights/layers..and you just gave me the inspiration I needed. I love the little stool that the cookie tower is on. Amazing!
    Blessings
    Roxanne

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  8. claudia b

    omg, you MUST plan my next bridal shower!!! oh wait . . .
    I love it, you are so talented, my friend, and your sister so lucky – blessings to you all!

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  9. Farmchick

    Truly, truly gorgeous!

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  10. Mrs. B.

    Pretty shower. 🙂
    But Juliette in her sweet little dress. Oh my goodness…she looks perfect.

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  11. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    OMG! Where do I START???

    Ok, you may or may not have watched my video of the kid and I making macarons. We are obsessed so I get it. You MUST reveal the pan. Yours are nothing short of perfection.

    Those birds. Well, I think I have to visit your mama and tell her that they are beyond adorable.

    Love lives in the details and your sis is well loved. Well done.

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  12. Just a Girl

    Your sister is one lucky girl, the shower looks beautiful! What a great job you did, Chelsea must have been so excited and proud!

    Thanks for sharing the photos, it’s fun to read another great post from you! 🙂

    Blessings,

    ~Just a Girl

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  13. Joannah

    You outdid yourselves! What a gorgeous shower. I’m sure Chelsea was delighted by all of your special attention to detail.

    🙂

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  14. parisapartment

    Holy WOW! You guys are unstoppable! I’m blown away by your beautiful creations. You never cease to amaze me!

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  15. Beth - In My World...

    Oh, my…there are no words…

    EVERYTHING is absolutely beautiful, and the flower girl is the cutest little thing EVER!

    You look amazing and I am completely in awe of these macaroon towers. You make it seem so easy…you are wonderful!

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  16. Faith

    So beautiful! You guys did an amazing job!

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  17. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    No wonder you needed a bloggy break, my dear friend! You were a busy momma…and what a beautiful event, a beautiful bride-to-be AND…the GOOD FOOD! All of your ideas, are just wonderful and all put together so beautifully!

    Your family photos, I am so glad you included them, how nice to see you all again, especially the chickens, are could they be any cuter?!?

    Can’t wait to see this wedding that you and your mom and the bride put together!
    xoxo
    Joni

    You look lovely, very beautiful and retro, I think!

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  18. Sherri

    Wow what a gorgeous shower!!! I love the woodland idea! Those macaroon towers are wonderful-you are one talented lady! I love the picture of you with your girls and your sister-really beautiful!

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  19. Renata

    Oh WOW it all looks stunning! I love those macaroon towers you made – you are talented. How did you get them to stick on?
    With the shower being so well planned & beautiful – can’t wait to see wedding pictures!
    Hope you have a fun & more relaxing week ahead!
    Renata:)

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  20. Valerie

    Girl, you are too much!!!

    LOVED it all.

    Really. I have no more words.

    Been busy playing “catch up” in the potager department.

    Talk to you soon,

    Val

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  21. Victoria

    Do you have any pics of Sofia from that day? If so, please e-mail! I didn’t take any as my bad habit of forgetting my camera struck again…

    BTW I am already dress and shoe shopping for the big event..

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  22. Kalee

    This looks beautiful! I’ve keeping this idea of file for future showers. Will you be sharing your macaron recipe? And how on earth do you get them to stick to the tower?

    You have completely inspired me, thank you!

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  23. Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio

    Ohh how fun! love it all. I am totally enamoured with macarons! you give me courage to try my had at them. And yes i am a fellow francophile!
    merci, gerri

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  24. MaryMaude

    Oh My, or rather Moi….

    What a lovely shower! The design is gorgeous and shows how much you love the recipient. I am happy just looking at it all and I don’t know a soul there.

    Plus, your little ones are adorable. Truly Adorable!

    Thank you for sharing….

    MaryMaude

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