Last winter, we helped our client- Anita- throw the cutest baby shower at the Hotel Chicago. The shower was planned for her daughter-in-law, Heather, who was pregnant with a baby girl. Anita envisioned throwing a sophisticated shower with a more posh-feeling theme – and what’s more posh than shopping in Paris?

Anita made sure to plan a very interactive shower, so not only were there your standard baby shower games (bingo, don’t say “baby”, and a raffle) but there were a couple other super cute activities that stayed perfectly on theme as well. The first unique idea was to have an eco-friendly and all-natural make-your-own-perfume station. Guests grabbed a mini-perfume bottle, and mixed essential oils to create their own scent. Some guests chose from the pre-established perfume menu, which listed the ingredients for scents such as “Montamerte”, “Chateau de Versailles”, and “La Sene”.  The elegant perfume station was done with the help from Jenny of Noktivo (an eco-friendly salon). The second activity, which we think gave the shower the most unique flare, was the “shopping” aspect. Typically when a guest attends a baby shower, they walk away with one little favor. But at this party, guests were encouraged to “shop” at the Parisian boutique! Guests took a pink “shopping bag” and hand-selected their cute, artisan favors: nail polish, lovely soaps and perfume sachets, pashminas, and Eiffel Tower mirrors. Little chandeliers hung above the “shop”, that really set the tone for an upscale shopping experience!

The sweets table was in front of a lovely, red velvet curtain backdrop and displayed adorable “Bebe” balloons. The sweets (which included macarons, other sweets, and cookies by Scafuri Bakery) sat on adorable platters – some in the shape of mini Eiffel Towers. A savory lunch was offered as well – including a beautiful cheese tray, delicious croissant sandwiches, and a refreshing salad (all provided by FIG Catering). The mimosa bar was also a lot of fun – we included some mocktail ingredients for the mom-to-be to enjoy as well. All of the paper goods were designed by Carlene, the lovely event planner, and designed to go perfectly with the theme. Take a look at these amazing photos by Ed & Aileen Photography!