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French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Today’s Real Party feature is nothing sort of, well…”EXCEPTIONNEL” – to use an appropriate term for this absolutely gorgeous French Circus-inspired soirée!

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Designed and brought to life by the creative minds behind Alchemy Fine Events and Canvas and Canopy, this is definitely not your typical baby shower… (unless, of course you’re accustomed to being greeted by stilt walkers and seated in translucent crystal ghost chairs beneath a sky of vintage umbrellas and parasols at the baby showers you attend!)

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

As you can probably tell from the dazzling pics and event recap to follow, no detail was left unturned at this lavish celebration, which offers up fabulous inspiration for occasions like bridal showers, weddings, and chic milestone birthdays as well.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Read on for tons of beautiful images and and all the party details, as told by the Lollipop Girls… 

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

“In January we hopped on a plane to New Orleans to do a shower for a mommy-to-be with a baby girl along the way. The French soiree was co-ed and a celebration for both of the sophisticated and stylish parents.

We went with a pale pink, baby blue and onyx palette for baby Genevieve along with a Parisian circus vibe to play off of the French influence of New Orleans and to add a whimsical element.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Elegance, jeweled antiques, and vintage Barnum & Bailey were the major influences in our design. Inspired by the whimsy and eccentricity of an early 1900’s Parisian circus  we wanted the shower to feel glamorous, whimsical, opulent and for guests to say ‘ooh la la’ upon entering!

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Lush tabletops of anemones, peonies, and ranunculus, resembling the Parisian gardens of the Champs-Élysees were set atop round ice blue Russian linens with caps emulating couture clown collars.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Black and white canopy striped napkins were layered with blush pink velvet ribbon and the tables were framed with transparent crystal Victoria ghost chairs.

Playing off of the baby ‘shower’, vintage umbrellas and Parisian parasols hovered over tables with strings of dripping crystals that refracted the blue uplighting and resembled raindrops.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

The entire room was washed and ensconced with baby blue lighting to create an ethereal effect while the ruffled, pagoda style umbrellas hung at varying heights creating drama over the dining tables.

The “Carousel de la Tour Eiffel” photo op of a vintage ferris wheel with the Eiffel tower looming in the background was set up in the corner. The ladies were able to pose for photos with vintage parasols and the men posed with pastel bubble gum cigars in honor of baby Genevieve.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Next to the photo op was a dessert buffet with a vintage Patisserie sign, a glittering chandelier and a striped cake perched in the middle.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

The dessert table resembled a true Parisian patisserie with large spheres of popcorn balls on crystal cut glass cake stands, pastel treats in bowls, macaroons in pale palettes of pink, sherbert green, and lemon yellow.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Rock candy in bright punch-pink and otter pop blues, cupcakes swirled with pastel frosting and old-fashioned stick candy with swirling stripes were labeled with custom pink tags and boldly striped ribbon.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

The dessert was even served by a comical baker wearing a chefs hat to add to the topsy turvy circus feel!

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Inspired by big top tents, trapeze artists and French circus performers we had a stilt walker greeting guests at the door and waiters with clown couture costume makeup serving appetizers true to French Creole cuisine.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

A mixologist served sweet tea and strawberry drinks with pink flags that said ‘baby love, ooh my baby love’ from a bar covered with candelabras topped with blushing pink peonies.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Guests were enveloped in music from a DJ spinning beats in front of a large spinning ferris wheel mural that was situated behind him as a backdrop.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Surrounded by chipped bricks and loft like space, modern white belly bars topped with tall candelabras created a contemporary twist on a traditional French bistro.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

No detail was left unturned, including the vintage circus signs on the bathroom doors, “the clowns” sign for the men and “the tightrope walkers” for the women.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

The walls were sprinkled with custom circus posters and white ceramic elephants guarded Evian bottles emblazoned with a Christian Lacroix print that were the guests take home gifts.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

The entire evening had that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that can only be expressed in the French language of love, and guests exclaimed that they felt truly transported to another place!”

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas


P.S. – A note regarding Real Party Features:
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With everything that’s going on, I’ve realized that something’s gotta give, and email correspondence has to be that thing for now. However, we still warmly welcome & appreciate all submissions, and hope to soon have a new person on board that will specifically help manage Real Parties & other types of correspondence. Thanks so much for your patience & understanding!

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By |2017-02-03T13:53:02+00:00May 19th, 2010|Baby Girl, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Yaz Jenkins May 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Ooh La La – I love anything Parisian and this just takes the cake!

  2. Tina- Bash Event Studio May 19, 2010 at 11:36 am

    This just yummy! You did an exceptional job ladies!

  3. Jen May 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

    This is absolutely stunning! There are many little details that really make the whole event beautiful!

  4. Jessica May 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I just adore this. Its wonderfully vintage french with out being corny. So beautifully elegant!

  5. [email protected] At Home May 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Wow! This was a spectacular event!
    LolliGirls did it again!

  6. Marcie May 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the umbrellas on the ceiling! So lovely!

  7. Lindsey May 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    WOW! Thats all I can say!

  8. Shannon Richardson May 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Adorable!!!! I love that the shower has a vintage twist!

  9. vanessa ruiz May 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I love this theme…amazing!!!

  10. Leslie Watkins May 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    C’est manificque!

  11. Lynne LaFond DeLuca May 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    yummy. . . truly melting over this one! How did you do the Evian water bottles with the Christian Lacroix print? Was this something that slipped over the bottle?

  12. Heather May 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    How fabulous! Both whimsical and elegant!


  13. Angel May 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    This is elegant and yet so fun! Love it!

  14. Jovan May 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’m glad that I was able to work with a truely gifted group of individuals. It was amazing!!! I can’t wait to work with you guys again!!! Kudos!!!! Thank you, Lolliladies!!!!

  15. Terrie May 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Simply amazing! Vintage,modern,opulant all mixed into one Parisian Theme. You ladies went over the top per usual!!!!

  16. Dionne May 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Simply Beautiful. An event you truly had to attend to get the true essence of its beauty.

  17. Vanessa May 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I am in love with the Evian bottles. Where can they be purchased?

  18. The Fairy May 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    How amazing. Especially love the umbrellas. I was wondering the same thing about the Evian bottles Lynne.

  19. Lila Ferraro May 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Wow, that is a gorgeous spread on that table! It looks delish!
    Lila Ferraro

  20. Erin May 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    LOVE this! I am hosting a French inspired baby shower next month and I am still putting together the last little details. What fonts did you use on the featured photos? Are they downloadable?

  21. Latasha May 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm


  22. Kim - The TomKat Studio May 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! The ladies at Lollipop never disappoint. Stunning!

  23. Lollipop Events & Designs May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Evian collaborates with high fashion designers to come out with ‘designer bottles’ every now and again, so the pattern was printed on the bottles by Evian :) Then we placed custom tags around the necks of the bottles. Hope that helps!!

  24. elle sees May 20, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Lovely, but saw one huge faux pas: those are macarons, not macaroons. Macaroons are the coconut treats.

  25. Susan Southerland May 20, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Wow! What a creative and gorgeous way to welcome a new little one into the world. So many of these fabulous ideas can easily be translated to a bridal shower or wedding reception… thank you for sharing!

  26. Kristy May 20, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Wow, beautiful! But really, who can afford a Baby Shower like this?!

  27. Lollipop Events & Designs May 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

    HI Elle! Actually they were in fact handmade ‘macaroons’ from Sucre in New Orleans
    ‘Macarons’ were their chocolate covered version. You can see the spelling here: http://www.shopsucre.com/macarons.html

  28. Jenn @ HWTM May 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Erin – I recognize a couple of the fonts that Lollipop used on the posters: Carnevalee Freakshow and Hoedown. You can download them for free here:

    And a few other good circus fonts that can also be found on dafont.com: Bosox, JF Ringmaster, Circus, and Pointedly Mad.

    Hope that helps!

  29. ghost chair May 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    wow. what an impressive party – no detail was missed!

  30. Ashley May 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

    WOW. This is spectacular! Beautiful, gorgeous and amazing. What a lucky lucky couple to have such a fantastic shower! The details are impeccable!!!

  31. Leticia May 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

    This is one of the most beautiful parties I have ever seen. It looks pretty expensive too.

  32. Alice Habeger May 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

    This parisian party is absolutely stunning. It took some ceativty and energy to pull this event off.
    Loved the umbrella’s. So festive. One of the most amazing displays I have ever seen.

  33. tiara May 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

    WOW this is absolutely gorgeous!!! im slightly speechless

  34. Gareen May 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

    This is my personality personified! I love love love the vintage parasols and patisserie bar. What a fabulous event!

  35. Karen May 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    WOW, gorgeous!! The details are amazing!!!!

  36. Diapers&Divas May 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Wow. Just, wow.

  37. Louisa May 25, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Beautiful party. I plan on doing a Parisian theme for my daughter’s birthday party. This party makes me more excited to do this theme!

  38. Stacey May 25, 2010 at 7:02 am

    So sophisticated with such meticulous attention to details!! Love it!

  39. rivernorthlove June 3, 2010 at 6:53 am

    This is stunning, every little detail is perfection. Can’t wait to share with my readers {www.rivernorthlove.blogspot.com}

  40. Ebony Sparkes June 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Just beautiful. I saw this when it was first posted but came back today. I noticed that those risers for the food are tiles that are used in bathrooms for the shower right? The only reason I picked them out is because I was going to buy some for a shower I did in April and didn’t! Now I wish I had!


  41. tomate-cerise June 7, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    ♥ I love this theme ♥

  42. Alyssa August 19, 2010 at 11:32 am

    LOVE the look – the Parisian circus theme is amazing! Where did you find the vintage parasols? I haven’t seen them anywhere?

  43. Valerie December 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I’m having a circus themed wedding and would LOVE the circus posters like these…is something like this available anywhere?

  44. Amanda December 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I featured this shower today on my blog, and I linked back to you!



  45. ESTEFANIA June 22, 2011 at 8:20 am

    hiii!! this was such a beautiful party from what i see!
    i have a question,,,where did she get the evan bottles like that?
    im having a bridal shower soon..

  46. estefania June 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

    sorry i mean EVIAN BOTTLES

  47. r July 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    This was a BABY SHOWER!?!?!??!?!!??!!?

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