SOUTHERN PASTELS BABY SHOWER BRUNCH

COPPER SPIRITS & SIGHTS | ANDAZ OTTAWA

When John and I found out that we were going to have a baby girl, I instantly knew that I wanted something soft and feminine, a bit of a modern twist on the stereotypical bubble gum pink. I really wanted to keep things classy, focusing more on the gathering of all my favourite people, rather than on playing the classic baby shower games. Food is 100% one of my love languages - I'm definitely a wannabe foodie - so I decided to host a brunch shower at one of Ottawa's best brunch spots - Copper Spirits & Sights located at the top of Andaz Hotel.

For the design, I started with a soft palette of muted pastels, already having a southern vibe in my mind. The baby shower would take place in July which is prime peach season in Ontario, so I combined my delicate colour palette with a general baby peach theme, that fit perfectly as the starting point for a southern inspired shower.

The stationery suite, designed by my good friend, Krista, of Wishtree Invitations & Design Inc. created an amazing watercolour gradient with my colour palette and added in the cutest little peach graphics. The suite included the invitation postcard, a thank you greeting card, a sign on display at the gift table asking people to write out their address on a return envelope, and a menu. I spent a long time thinking up the copy for that menu and I've got to say, this menu cards is one of my alltime favourites. Copper Spirits & Sights worked with me to create a custom, Southern inspired menu and tweaked their presentation from a farm to table buffet concept into a passed, canapé style brunch. The food was heaven!

For the tablescape, my mom and I decided it would be fun to get a little crafty and make everything ourselves. My mom picked out three gorgeous styles of material and hand sewed napkins. Meanwhile I made custom namecard peaches with styrofoam balls, craft paper leaves and foraged twigs. Another one of my lovely friends, Katherine, of Pollen Nation Floral Studio, filled the table with little bud vase blooms in the most vibrant shades, adding a stunning of floral sweetness across the entire space. She also created an abstract bloom mural on the window, encouraging the eye upward to appreciate the incredible view of Ottawa's skyline.

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