For mother-to-be Lily Kosegarten, her baby shower was inspired by three exciting words: it's a girl.
"We wanted it to be a fresh and unique design while still girly!" says Jeannette Tavares at EVOKE Planning and Design. "A gorgeous brunch was designed, so all friends and family would share a meal together while celebrating the sweet baby girl that was about to join them soon at that table!"
Guests had some idea of what to expect when they opened their petal-perfect invitations, which were printed by Haute Papier. Place cards were embellished with romantic calligraphy and floral watercolor accents. The color scheme included "millennial pink" — the hue du jour for design.
The Jefferson, a boutique property in the heart of Washington D.C., proved to be the perfect place for a baby shower that was at once classic and contemporary. Inside this historic property, long dining tables were decorated with ombre floral centerpieces — pink ranunculus, tulips, and roses — by English Garden Rose.
No detail was neglected from having a feminine touch: everything from the etched pink plates to the delicate rosy teacups and translucent blush-toned glassware from White Glove Rentals, and fine lace tablecloths provided by La Tavola.
Upon arrival, friends and family were seated at the table and served a signature first course: Greek yogurt parfait with homemade granola and a strawberry-raspberry compote. From there on, guests could choose from a sumptuous buffet of eggs, bacon, chicken sausage, bagels, breakfast potatoes, and arugula salad.
The seated course before the full meal was a crucial part of the shower experience. "It is important to keep your guests on their toes and give them a different experience that something they will be expecting," says Tavares. "The seated brunch was so different and such a treat."
When the guests were finished feasting on breakfast staples, they were able to eat macarons, tarts, and cupcakes (naturally, all frosted in rosy tones) before getting down to the serious business of shower games. The stand-out activity quizzed guests on the parents-to-be, Lily and Brad Kosegarten, and their own childhoods. Guests were provided with baby photos of the expecting couple on auction-style paddles, and while a family friend read off trivia about them, guests raised their paddles to take a guess on one or the other.
It was easy to tell from the love and joy at the shower that the Kosegartens were eager to be parents, and Tavares is happy to report that their excitement was warranted: "Brad and Lily are now a few months into parenthood, and as expected, are doing an amazing job."
Feeling inspired? Watch how to host a similarly beautiful brunch complete with take-home bouquets: