It may still be chilly outside, but it’s never too early to start dreaming of spring. Paula Biggs, of Frog Prince Paperie, shows us one of her favorite party designs. We certainly fell in love with it and we think you will, too!
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: PAULA BIGGS @ FROG PRINCE PAPERIE
WRITTEN BY: SOUTHERN GUIDE TO LIFE
Paula Biggs founded Frog Prince Paperie in order to “help the DIY party planner add a little kiss of magic to celebrations.” If you spend a little time on her website or browsing her Etsy shop you will see that she has succeeded in that goal and more.
We fell in love with her Little Birdie Baby Shower and decided it was the perfect inspiration to break us out of the winter blues.
When you think of a baby shower, pink is one of the first colors that comes to mind, but this is not your average baby shower. Paula brought traditional color choices into a sophisticated and elegant realm with her selection of complimentary shades of soft pink and creamy white.
In a styled buffet, the choice of tablecloth can sometimes become your designs primary focus. It is often the largest element in the design. Paula’s expertly avoided overpowering her light and airy style by selecting a simple thick striped tablecloth in shades of pale pink and white. The addition of a pattern also adds to the sophistication of the design.
Paula added appropriately colored candy and treats to glass apothecary jars. To add that extra design touch, she donned the lids with these gorgeous handmade pink rosettes. Can you believe they are actually hair clips and bands?
The hair clips and bands are made by Tara @ Three Little Bows.
Adding both height and a pop of soft white to the design is a vintage birdcage placed on a white pedestal. Inside are white Hydrangeas. The combination of the birdcage’s wire design and the ruffled petals of the Hydrangeas add an almost visual lace effect to this flowing design.
Decorating the top of the birdcage are more rosette hair clips and glittering birds.
The centerpiece to any great dessert buffet is always delicious and beautifully prepared food. Here, a tiered dessert stand provides focus and grounding to the airy design while the stylized branches and pink cupcakes continue the whimsy. Painted wooden birdhouses and Hydrangeas in simple glass vases flank the centerpiece.
You can recreate the look of the floral arrangements by selecting simple, straight, wide-mouthed vases and wrapping them in lace edged paper doilies or placemats. Secure them with pink satin ribbon tied in a bow. Add a branch of lush white Hydrangeas and you have an easy and stunning floral arrangement.
Every good design repeats its core elements throughout. Do not miss how the lace edges repeat the intricate design of the birdcage.
Handmade Raspberry Mouse topped with fresh whipped cream is served in a mixture of martini glasses and short desert glasses. To add extra interest, the glasses are placed in tiers on cake stands surrounding the pedestal and birdcage.
Paula recommends keeping the party prep-work simple by keeping the homemade items to a minimum. “In creating menus for any of my parties–large or small–I try to keep the made from scratch items to two or three,” she said. “In this case, one and a half! I made the raspberry mousse, took a shortcut on the truffles, and purchased the remainder of the items.”
She requested plain cupcakes and later added gum paste hydrangea blossoms to the top, tying in her floral selection. She also added the same gum paste flowers to the petite fours.
The gum paste hydrangea blossoms were purchased from Sweet Petal Bakery.
Stay tuned for Part Two of this
sweet and sophisticated party.
Photographs by: Paula Biggs, courtesy of Frog Prince Paperie.