French Country Themed Bridal Shower

The couple got engaged in Provence, so we wanted
to add a French flea market flair
to the bridal shower…
along with shades of aqua blue, white and sand…
the colors outside the party venue
on the Newport Harbor bay.

These jars were filled with iced tea and lemonade 
with lemon slices and lavender sprigs.

 French 77 cocktails were served
(sparkling wine, St. Germain and fresh lemon juice).
We displayed a photo of the engaged couple while in Grasse, France.

This is the "chart room" at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
Our colors coordinated with the map on the wall.
There is the pretty cookie favor made by Pink Martinis and Pearls,
tucked into a folded linen napkin.  
I hand wrote the place cards that 
coordinate with the chairs and placemats.
Debbie, Laura and I each have raffia placemats 
and we consolidated them for the party.  Good to pool resources!

We had corn chowder served with a popover
then a trio of salads on a plate
(but I was too busy enjoying myself to get any photos).
Flowers by Lauren Drake.
Beautiful girlfriends (the bride is in the middle)
and this was the only gentleman invited to the party.
While the bride opened her presents, 
we enjoyed vanilla ice cream and French macaroons
(on mixed vintage French china).

The bride was happy and I think we made her mom 
(our dear friend, Debbie) feel loved, too.


  1. Absolutely beautiful, Mary Ann! From the details of the straw mats and the vintage china to the choice of dessert with a French flair. Perfection. What a lucky, lucky girl to be pampered in such a thoughtful way. I love how you placed the cookies peeking out of the napkin with your beautifully handwritten card. Such deliberate, thoughtful touches. I'm sure you made all in attendance feel special and not just the bride. xoxo

  2. Everything looks absolutely perfect Mary Ann! She must have been in heaven when she walked into the Yacht Club! I adore the centerpieces!

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  3. SO pretty!!! I love the theme, its so elegant but still very warm, great colors...and those flowers and Marilyn's cookies..its all so fabulous! Lucky lady......

  4. Every single detail looks beautiful and perfect, Mary Ann! Love the colors and how they all tied to that gorgeous map! What a lucky bride-to-be!

  5. So, sooo pretty. That floral arrangement and the picture of the bride and groom are just beautiful. You throw the NICEST parties ;-)

  6. I love it! Stunning!!! Well planned out for a memorable day with family and friends. I also like the pooling of resources....

  7. This is just lovely! The flower arrangements are gorgeous and the table settings are beautiful. Evert detail is perfect...and I can't believe how perfect your handwriting is on the place cards!!!

  8. What pretty tables! Looks like a lovely event!

  9. I love how beautiful everything is set up especially the tables, chairs and the flower arrangements! No details are overlooked. She is definitely a lucky bride!


  10. You might want to get rid of that comment above! You sure know how to throw a party! Not a detail left to chance...such pretty flowers, those chargers are perfect...EVERYTHING!! I am posting on my facebook page!!

  11. Beautiful! I love that you used various china patterns. The vegetable pattern plate caught my eye. Would you mind sharing the pattern? I would love a few of these to add to my china collection.

  12. Such a beautiful bridal shower! I love all of the wonderful details....the flowers, the table settings the colors of the sea, the delightful cookie favors and the lovely venue overlooking the bay. I'm sure Julie was so thrilled to have such a very special day. You did a fabulous job for Debbie and her beautiful daughter, Julie. Now I can't wait for the wedding pics!!!!

  13. The blue jars with the lavender sprig are just so lovely! And what a spot for a shower (or any party)! Beautiful Mary Ann...

  14. Marilyn's cookies are perfect and I love the way they peek out of the folded linen:) Such a beautiful shower Mary Ann and I'm glad you didn't obsess about photos and just enjoyed the experience. The flower arrangements are just gorgeous! Looks like everyone had lots of fun:) xxleslie

  15. Just lovely! Those flowers are amazing! What a wonderful party.

  16. What a beautiful bride to be and the shower looks wonderful...great job Mary Ann!

  17. Mary Ann how cools is that map in the room? Everything coordinated beautifully from the flowers to the china to the room décor -- looks so pretty and springy!!

  18. What an amazing shower - such a beautiful party for a beautiful bride! Just love the placemats and flowers!!


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