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A Boho Bridal Shower in New York City

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.

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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.

boho-bridal-shower-menu 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!

boho-bridal-shower-globe-string-lights Maman’s staff set up the back room with one long table to accommodate everyone together and we arranged oversized balloons with tissue paper tassels behind the bride’s chair.

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Even the buffet stacked full of odds and ends of dishes fit our theme so well.

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Mimosas and Bellinis were served from a side table decorated with more little bottles of blooms and a birdcage filled with flowers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

I will be sharing this at the following link parties: The Scoop | This is How We Roll Link Party | BNOTP: Tablescape Thursday , Jordan’s Onion:  Thank Goodness It’s Thursday, Sincerely, Paula’s No Rules Weekend Blog Party, The Jenny Evolution:  Friday Flash Blog, Oh My Heartsie Girl:  Friday Features Linky Party, Chic on a Shoestring: Flaunt it Friday, The Freshman Cook: Celebrate It Blog Link Party, Best of the Weekend Party, Amaze Me Monday | Snickerdoodle Sunday Party | Funtastic Friday 

 

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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube

23 Comments

  1. Your tablescape caught my eye on BNOTP link party – as much for the glimpse of exposed brick setting as for the length of table and place settings. Very nice – all of it! Lucky you to travel and not have one bottle broken! I just returned from FL and carried on my treasures found while antiquing, not trusting baggage handlers or TSA. However, I did stuff a vintage needlework pillow into my bag and thought, “I dare them” to open it and manage to get it shut again.
    Congrats on your planning and execution of this event for your future dil. That had to be a bit stressful – the travel, the event, new people – nothing a little mimosa couldn’t help, right??
    Rita C at Panoply

    1. Thank you so much Rita! It was a challenge, but I am very happy with how it turned out! The bottles are still packed and heading to my house in Florida after a stop at our condo in Ohio! Fingers crossed they continue to travel safely!

  2. Oh my goodness this is stunning! Chloe this venue is beautiful and your planning from afar was spot on. These photos are magazine worthy and your hand should be sore from patting yourself on the back. Kudos my friend!!

    1. Thank you so much Sandra! I was kind of hoping this one would have been good enough to submit to a magazine, but I wasn’t sure…maybe I should go for it…eeek!

  3. I love the boho theme and those oversized balloons with the tassels are awesome! Great idea to have little cards with words of advice for guests to fill out. That will be such a fun keepsake for your future daughter-in-law who is adorable by the way. The macarons are a nice little favor for your guests as well. I love how this isn’t over the top, but very thought out and filled with special details. Great job, especially for having the venue out of town!

  4. This is GORGEOUS! Just the style I love, simple but elegant and somehow comfortable too. Smiling at you filling a suitcase with the bottles. I am glad they all arrived in one piece. I am drooling over the collection of blue and white dishes. Sigh… I want to fill my cupboards with them. I can’t imagine trying to do this long distance. What a wonderful thing to do for your future daughter-in-law. I am sure she will always remember it.

  5. This was definitely a very unique and fun looking bridal dinner/shower.
    Loved the pretty dishes and the cute glass bottles with flowers, all so
    pretty. Bet the bride to be loved it all………………..the menu sounds
    awesome as well. Many cute ideas here too.
    Blessings, Nellie

  6. I am blown away by your creativity matched only by your undaunted spirit with putting together a shower in NYC. Loved the theme and all the trimmings. Bravo!!!

  7. Oh my goodness what a beautiful party! The patterned plates are divine. Where is your daughter in laws dress from? Its gorgeous!!

  8. Lovely Chloe! Love the bottles you toted all the way, perfect centerpiece on that great table!

  9. I love it all! I love the mismatched chairs, the exposed brick, the neutral color palate, and the simple sprays of baby’s breath.

    Job well done!

    1. Thank you Janice. I was so lucky to have such a unique location to host the shower.

  10. Oh how lovely!

    I just posted about my daughter’s bridal shower, too! She had it in a brewery – so I love you also love unique venues! What a pretty day and beautiful future DIL!!! : – )

    I wish the couple the best! ♥♥♥

    1. Thank you Michele, I love unique venues too! I loved the pink and black and white for your daughter’s shower!

  11. Chloe,
    What a gorgeous place for a bridal shower. It looks like it was a wonderful time, and I have to agree with the bride~Those big balloons with the tissue paper tassels are awesome! Love them! Thanks so much for linking up your fun adventure to Celebrate It!

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