In a light and airy space, Parisian touches and a neutral color scheme create an ethereal setting for one mother-to-be.
For mother-to-be and renowned event designer, Tracy Taylor Ward, her February baby shower meant bringing together two beautiful seasonal elements: pristine winter whites and lush spring greenery. "Although most mothers-to-be are generally not involved in the design and planning of their baby showers," she says, "given that this is what I love and do professionally, there was no way they could keep me away!"
Hosted by Tracy's mother, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law, Tracy and her mother, Lauri Ward, a well-known interior decorator, collaborated on the event design. The pair selected a neutral theme for the baby shower with Parisian influences that were, of course, très chic. "My mother and I have always loved working together; before I started my event planning and design firm, Tracy Taylor Ward Design, I was the vice president of my mother's firm, Use What You Have Interiors" Tracy says.
You're Cordially Invited
Her husband Matthew Carrigan contributed his own creativity as well. The stationery was designed and printed by TTWD Ink, headed by Matthew. He focused on a few other select pieces: custom cocktail napkins, a framed menu for the food buffet, and a set of advice cards for guests to fill out.
On the wall, a laser-cut wood motif draped in greenery has special meaning for the couple. "The swallows had a lot of significance because Matt had previously designed a pair for our wedding in 2010," Tracy mentions. "By adding a baby swallow for the shower, it created a 'family,' which was especially meaningful for us."
Ready to Pop
As party favors to say "thank you" guests received bags of plain and chocolate-dusted popcorn tied with a length of taupe silk ribbon in frayed edges. Each one was appropriately labeled, "Ready To Pop!"