This past Sunday I was so lucky to be a part of planning a lovely bridal shower for my soon to be daughter-in-law. Planning any party from out of town is always a challenge and planning it in New York City was really overwhelming for me. I go to New York fairly often to visit my son, but I am not comfortable enough with the city that I knew where to host such an event. Fortunately the bride-to-be and her good friend had been to Maman before – a quirky yet charming bakery/cafe. I initially thought this was going to be a French garden-themed bridal shower, I had begun researching ideas based on that theme – you can see my initial ideas for the flowers here. After checking out the website for Maman, I could see that a Boho/Bohemian themed party would suit the space so much better.
Clear bottles of various shapes and sizes were set down the center of the table with individual blooms or clusters of baby’s breath tucked into each one. I carried 28 of these bottles to New York City in my suitcase and evidently TSA thought they might be something dangerous, since they inspected the suitcase. I am happy to report that not one bottle broke! Maman set the table with vintage mismatched dishes, glasses and silverware. They created a printed menu celebrating the bride-to-be.
Maman serves savory and sweet family-style recipes inspired by the South of France and American favorites. The food was delicious and enjoyed by everyone! We began with Mimosas and Bellinis to toast the bride. With everyone gathered around the table, large bowls of salads were served family style. A hot and fluffy ham and cheese quiche was served followed by roast chicken and roasted vegetables. Just so we were sure no one left hungry, desserts included lemon and thyme madelines, raspberry financiers and the especially coveted homemade Oreos. Truth be told, we had to request more of the Oreos from the kitchen!
Even the buffet stacked full of odds and ends of dishes fit our theme so well.
Mimosas and Bellinis were served from a side table decorated with more little bottles of blooms and a birdcage filled with flowers.
The bride was especially a fan of the oversized balloons with the tissue paper tassels. Lots of pictures were shared through Instagram of this special occasion.
Tucked under the menu cards at the place settings were cards for each guest to offer advice for the bride-to-be. These flower be-decked cards coordinated with the invitations the guests had received.
Each guest was invited to take a favor of different flavored macarons with them to remember this special day. Maman uses rabbits throughout as part of their theme, and this little rabbit graced the side table full of pink miniature carnations. If you need to host a party in New York City, I can highly recommend Maman. Or, if you just are looking for a quiet spot for a great lunch or a bakery treat, check it out.
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