French Countryside Baby Shower

Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 4 2001

This shower theme was inspired by the French countryside in summer, where the fields are carpeted in lavender and the sky is nursery blue.

Planning the Shower
Invitations should be sent at least three weeks in advance to an intimate number of friends and family members. The parents-to-be can help make the guest list so that no one important is forgotten.

If they have registered with a baby store, close friends and family can spread the word, or the host can offer suggestions for gifts in accordance with the parents' wishes.

As with any party, keeping last-minute work to a minimum is best. Most of the foods here are easy to prepare and can be eaten out of hand at room temperature. And the decorations are few: embroidered linens, a tiny arrangement of forget-me-nots, and a few dangling wired wreaths. All attention will be focused, anyway, on the belly of the mother-to-be.

Baby Shower Activity
Although gift opening is the main event, another activity can enliven the gathering. Try this activity. Guests write their favorite names for (boys) and (girls) on slips of paper that are dropped in jars for the parents' consideration.

Shower Gift Basket
The host gives the expectant mother a roomy basket to collect the gifts. Later the basket will make a nice catchall for linens or toys.

Shower Favors
As a party favor, wrap blocks of white chocolate in parchment, tied with waxed twine, and topped with a vanilla bean to make individual servings of Chocolat Blanc.

Recipes
Potato Leek Soup
Radishes with Chive Butter
Pissaladiere
Madeleines
Chocolat Blanc

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