I recently hosted a french patisserie themed baby shower for my lovely sister in-law. We both have little boys so to hear that Catherine was having a baby girl caused much excitement in our house. So much excitement we just had to have a party full of Pink.
Before hosting a baby shower the first thing to decide on is a theme. Make sure the theme honours the mommy to be and is inspired by her likes and interests. Catherine’s French patisserie themed baby shower was a no brainer for me, she loves all things French, Paris is one of her favourite cities and if she could I’m sure she would live on cheese :)
A bib banner not only looks great but is very practical too as mom to be has a lovely present to take home when the party is over. It is so simple to make, just attach the bibs to some pretty ribbon using small wooden pegs.
While browsing the internet for some inspiration I found a tutorial for these gorgeous pom poms from non other than Martha Stewart. I layered different shades of pink tissue to create the effect shown above and I flattened out one side so I could stick them to the wall. In total I made 20 pom poms and hung then randomly around the room. 5 of them were used to create the ‘BEBE’ banner. To make the ‘BEBE’ banner I painted the letters on some silver card with glue and then covered it with glitter. The glitter letters looked great when the light hits them.
Handmade favours are a lovely touch at any party. These cute little French soaps from L’Occitane were dressed up with pink paper, floral fabric and a playful note saying ‘from Catherine’s shower to yours’.
Its important not to overwhelm mom to be with too many party games. One or two games is more than enough especially with a large group of people.
I focused on all the gifts Catherine was being showered with. They were arranged together beside a comfy seat and I made sure to take lots of snaps while she opened each one.
When creating a menu for a baby shower you need to make sure you choose foods that Mom to be can eat. Although during pregnancy you are advised against eating soft cheese such as brie or camembert, both were being baked so the cooking killed any harmful bacteria. The menu for Catherine’s French patisserie baby shower was as follows.
- Baked Camembert
- Caramelised onion and brie tart
- French bread
- Olive oil and balsamic dip
- Jams and marmalade
- Pan au chocolate
- Almond croissant
- Raspberry madeleines
- Coconut Macaroons
This menu might seem like a lot but with a little delegation and some shop bought items I only had to make the onion tart on the day. The pastries and bread where picked up from my local bakery the morning of the shower. The Camembert was simply popped in the oven for 20mins until oozy in the middle and my lovely aunt and mam made the madeleines, macarons and macaroons.
Caramelised onion and brie tart
- 2 tbsp. Olive oil
- 6 large white onions, thinly sliced
- 4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar
- 375g packet of puff pastry
- 4 tbsp. basil pesto
- 200g packed of brie, sliced
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for approximately 5 minutes, until they begin to soften.
Add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to the onions and stir well. Continue to sauté for 10 to 15 minutes until the onions are soft, sweet and sticky.
Preheat the oven to 190°C.
Open out the sheet of puff pastry and divide in half lengthways. Cover the two pieces of pastry with basil pesto and divide the onions and then the sliced brie equally on both.
Bake in the oven for 25 to 28 minutes or until the pastry has completely cooked and the cheese is golden.
Cut into triangular bite size pieces and serve on a large platter.
This recipe for caramelised onion and brie tart will serve 8 to 10 people as party food.