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Real Baby Shower: Festival du Bebe


Wednesday, September 21, 2011


It's been awhile since I've featured something from one of my favs... Hostess with the Mostess. Crazy! She has such amazing design style. Love all the butterflies, bright colors, and fun fonts captured by Jillian Bisinger Modern Photography in this Festival du Bebe. Soooo Fabulous! Thankfully, Jennifer has provided some DIY tutorials PLUS decorating tips in her description below. It's hard to imagine... but there is even more over at the Hostess with the Mostess.

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From Jennifer... I’m so excited to share this party with you! This is a masquerade/carnival-inspired baby shower – dubbed “Festival Du Bebe” – that I created for my close friend Jen earlier this year to celebrate the pending arrival of her new baby boy (who has since arrived… healthy & adorable!).

When everything was spread out around our house in the last few days before the party I pretty much felt like a kid in a candy store… feathers, rhinestones, giant butterflies, flowers, champagne, monkey statues, loads of candy…oh yes, it was definitely a happy place!

The baby shower was held at Jen’s mom’s house. Her formal dining room is pictured directly above and in the 2nd pic from the top. This room had a big chandelier hanging over the table that was the perfect spot for a “swarm” of colorful fabric butterflies (ranging in size from 7″ – 24″) – and those fabulous striped chairs were actually part of her regular dining set!

All of the tables were covered with black linens, and place settings featured crepe placemats (in blue, yellow & red), matching napkins in the same 3 colors, and zebra paper plates. I also designed some paper napkin rings that featured mom-to-be’s first initial on one side and “bébé boy” on the other.

Table #2 featured a blue ostrich feather tree centerpiece. (DIY tutorial here) The Eiffel Tower vase was embellished with butterflies (adhered with 3D glue dots), and acrylic disc strands from a red beaded curtain hung from the feathered top. A small elephant figurine (purchased at HomeGoods for $7 and spray painted blue) – stood next to the vase.

“Jungle Collection” Baby Art Cards by Wee Gallery were displayed throughout the party and added the relevant “baby” element in a stylish way that would still appeal to adults! The art cards were inserted into either clear acrylic or colorful wooden frames to stand them up.

Garden trellis support stands from IKEA ($3 each) were decorated with colorful feathers, butterflies, and extra napkin rings & favor tags. These made for festive, free-standing “towers” of party decor that could be placed anywhere!

Additional party decor included: colorful ceramic vases, accent feathers in red/aqua/purple/gold, red & blue “mirror balls” (ornaments) from shopwildthing.com, white monkey statues from Z Gallerie, more elephant figurines from HomeGoods, and butterflies, butterflies EVERYWHERE. (Seriously – I even stuck them on the house plants and wall sconces!)


Design & Styling: Hostess with the Mostess / Photography: Jillian Bisinger Modern Photography / All personalized paper party supplies – invitations, napkin rings, favor tags, etc. – are now available for purchase right here, along with coordinating thank you cards, address labels, and more

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