A Botanical Baby Shower
 It was a real treat to collaborate with so many talented women who make so many beautiful thing and to combine our strengths to make an extra special Baby Shower for the lovely Stephanie Schur, owner of the incredible flower shop Botany.  Tastemaker Jenni Kayne shot the party for her blog and gathered all of the details, from florals to tabletop to recipes and more, and you should def check them all out on Rip Plus Tan!  It’s such a joke that I think I know so many people when really I just admire their work and charming lives via Instagram (follow me!!).  Pathetic!  This party was a great chance to put voices to the faces and see their work up close.   Stephanie has a really pretty, soft and natural sense of style, which set the tone for the day.  The florals from Botany were beyond, lush with dahlias and queen anne’s lace (a personal favorite).  My menu was inspired by the end of summer and the fact that Stephanie’s a vegetarian.  Plus we both shared the fantasy of an over the top dessert display. Task accomplished.  I’m always excited when I get the chance to work with the amazing team at Casa de Perrin because their array of pretty table top things really makes the table soar – they have that perfect eye.  And photographs of Simone Le Blanc’s custom gift giving business are always intriguing but the thoughtful quilting activity she created for Stephanie’s shower truly blew me away (details on Rip Plus Tan!!).  So luxurious.  Yet so authentic.  I love celebrations and this was the perfect occasion for a good one – an especially pretty one.

 

The Menu
Sips
 
farmers market bellini bar
peach, pluot, blackberry, strawberry & fig
pimm’s cup
pimm’s no. 1, cucumber, strawberry, ginger, lemon
moroccan mint iced tea
cherry lemonade
Snacks
 
fresh corn shortcakes with creme fraiche & chives
wild mushroom, ricotta & thyme flatbread
To Start
 
chilled corn soup with avocado creme
pesto, artichoke & burrata tartine
curried egg salad with roast tomato tartine
To Share
 
stone fruit, arugula & marcona almond salad with sherry vinaigrette
nicoise sale with haricots verts, cherry tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, capers & olives
farro salad with toasted hazelnuts, kale, pecorino & lemon
grilled vegetable platter with eggplant, zucchini, summer squash & red peppers
Sweet
raspberry pistachio eton mess
strawberry shortcakes with buttermilk biscuits & sweetened cream
lavender shortbread
cherry almond crumb bars
chocolate chip cookies with sea salt
meyer lemon olive oil cake
old fashioned chocolate cake
naked layer cake with almond buttercream, cherries & toasted almonds