I created a color palette of black, white, and light pink – everything from plates, menus, the cake, and centerpieces.
The event took place at the lovely Branches in their waterfall garden, and were fortunate to have a beautifully sunny and warm October day! It was so warm in fact that only half hour into the party, we needed to bring in large umbrellas for shading to provide comfort and some heat relief to the guests.
Guests entered the garden to find a table with escort cards designed to resemble Chanel perfume bottle labels.
Custom designed bookplates with an area for guests to write a personal message sat on a bistro table with the latest ultrasound photo of Faith.
An area was created to display the hors d’oeuvres consisting of fruit, vegetables and crudite, and antipasta including fresh mozzarella, eggplant, artichoke hearts, and roasted peppers.
The tables were draped in black satin pintuck linens with pink pinktuck napkins. We choose a pocket-fold for the napkins to display the layered menus. Empty bottles with Chanel-inspired perfume labels displayed the table number.
The centerpieces were crafted using Sweet Akito roses to form a lovely pink ball atop a black urn. In lieu of traditional favors, my mother and I decided to make a contribution to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Monmouth Medical Center, the hospital where Faith will be born. At each placesetting, a small card informing guests of our decision was attached to a March of Dimes awareness bracelet.
I requested that the guests bring their gifts wrapped in black and white, and was so pleased to see that most of them did. Some guests even got especially creative with their wrapping.
Guests were also asked to dress in black and white – with pearls encouraged!
The exquisite chocolate cake with mousse filling was made by Elyse of By Little Hands, the same fabulous woman who created Cibella’s Jolly Holiday cake. I sent her the inspiration board I created for the shower, and left it in her hands! It was delicious!