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{Real Parties} A Secret Garden Baby Shower

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Nicole from Tradewind Tiaras has done it again. This time, she has designed a gorgeous baby shower that made us swoon! We are so thrilled to share this with you.

From Nicole….I had the great delight of creating a baby shower this weekend.  The theme was “The Secret Garden,” and I immediately knew I wanted to take the design in a romantic, girly direction–but with a modern, fantastical edge.  I’ve always loved paper sculpture, and the magnificent backdrop from the Chanel 2009 runway show immediately came to mind.  I knew that was the starting point.

I wanted to play with texture more than color for this party, which fit perfectly with the sculptural paper backdrop that got all its interest from shape and shadow.

 I tried a brush-embroidery  technique on the sugar cookies for the first time, and was delighted with the easy, elegant, intricate effect it created.  It was exactly what I wanted for this celebration.

 I tried a brush-embroidery  technique on the sugar cookies for the first time, and was delighted with the easy, elegant, intricate effect it created.    It was exactly what I wanted for this celebration. The cupcakes brought in an extra element of whimsy.  More colorful and playful, with pink (it is a girl, after all!) as the predominant accent color and a muted color palette.  The meandering path crossing the cupcakes seemed perfect for a Secret Garden theme.

Russian Tea Cakes came to mind as I was putting the concept for the dessert table together, but I decided I wanted a twist.  I created a new recipe for Pink Lemonade Tea Cakes.  All the tender, buttery goodness of Russian Tea Cakes, but with a bright citrus flavor and pink hue.  I’ll definitely make these again!

Lemon tartlets in the shape of flowers fit the garden theme perfectly as well.

Any excuse to use my miniature trifle dishes is a good one, so I served raspberry mousse as well.  (More pink food!)

While planning the dessert table, I remembered an amazing pillowy, pink cookie that my friend’s mother used to make around the holidays.  She was gracious enough to share her family recipe for biscotti with me for the baby shower.  They were as divine as I remember–lightly sweet, with a delicate vanilla and almond flavor.

Savory offerings for this afternoon party included bacon, date, and goat cheese strudel; crudites; cheese and homemade rosemary sea-salt crackers with fresh raspberries and champagne grapes (baby grapes!  so cute and tiny!); spinach artichoke filo bites; and mini pork tenderloin sandwiches with a creamy horseradish mustard spread.

For an activity, I used the bedding the mom had registered for as an inspiration.  I created paint-by-number canvases for the guests to paint to match the nursery bedding.  Each guest painted a bit of the painting, then signed the work of art.  An activity, a gift for the parents, nursery decor, and a loving reminder of everyone who came to celebrate the baby’s coming, all wrapped into one.

Nicole…once again, that you for sharing your magnificence with us!

August 23, 2011

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  1. Ceilidh says:

    The cupcake on the swing is to die for!

  2. Marcela says:

    OMG, that backdrop!!!! And all the details! Amazing!

  3. That display is so beautiful! I absolutely love the faux tree and swing holding the cake. What a creative idea!

  4. Love, love that floral paper backdrop.

  5. Krystal D says:

    Love it just amazing. I love love love that backdrop

  6. Jillian R says:

    Wow! That is gorgeous! Great attention to detail, and I love the backdrop!

  7. Fab party and what a stunning backdrop.

  8. louise says:

    This is fantastic! I love love love the paper flower backdrop! I’m trying to figure how to incorporate it into my Dr Suess birthday party! 🙂 Not quite sure it will go with that, but I’m in love with it!

  9. Lindsay says:

    Love this! I love how the flowers are all white.

  10. Laurie says:

    AMAZING!!! I love the pink lemonade russian tea cakes! I’m having an all pink party for my twin daughters first birthday and would love to include these on the dessert table. Where can I find the recipe?

  11. The paint-by-numbers art project is so clever and unique! Congrats on that great detail.

  12. kari lemon says:

    your pink mousse and lemonade cookies look so pretty! I love your backdrop.

  13. That backdrop is everything! You did a wonderful job…

  14. Elegant and beautiful, love the backdrop and the paper flower details all around. Very creative!

  15. the backdrop is definitely the stand out, beatiful!

  16. Julie B says:

    Everything looks gorgeous!

    Now I’m dying to make the bacon, date, and goat cheese strudel! Can you please share the recipe?

  17. Hina says:

    Wow, I am amazed!!! Everything is soooooo beautiful! Where did you get the backdrop from? Or did you make it?! Sheer talent!

  18. renee unsworth says:

    love, love, love the use of all the milk glass, and your paper creations are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  19. Renee says:

    OMG! That has got to be the most BEAUTIFUL backdrop I have ever seen!!! I wish I could do something like that on my baby nursery’s accent wall.

    • I’m actually planning to hang it up in my bedroom, once I paint my walls! They’re still the truly awful purple spongepainting from the previous owners (we moved in four years ago!), but I have grand plans to switch to a yellow and grey palette. I think my daughter might be old enough to let me paint now. 😉

  20. The food all looks delicious. I would love to try the bacon and goats cheese strudel. Everything is perfect for a baby shower.

  21. Brenlynwin says:

    O.mi.goodness. Wow. I found this party through Pinterest because of the pink lemonade cookies, but I am in LOVE with those cupcakes! I would really like to see one closer up! Is it mostly fondant & icing? Also, do you have a picture of the finished paint-by-number? That is so brilliant & something the mother will cherish always, I’m sure. Amazing job! THANK YOU so much for sharing!!

  22. nancy says:

    Can hardly wait to try the lemonade cookies for my next party…Can you share the name of the font used for the name cards “pink lemonade tea cakes” etc…

  23. Becky says:

    Did you ever end up doing a tutorial on this backdrop! I would love to see it.

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