Inspiration to Creation: Parisian Circus (Pt. 3)


We have walked you through the design boards, all of the whimsical signage and graphics, the custom ABC circus invitations , and showcased Part I (the Pastel Parisian Patisserie) & Part II (the surrounding decor) of our Parisian Circus Soiree… Today we present the finale!

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.

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.

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.

Silver elephants balanced upon oversized floral balls white ceramic elephants guarded Evian bottles emblazoned with a Christian Lacroix print that were the guests take home gifts.

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!”


VENUE: Vintage Uptown

LINENS: Wildflower Linens

ENTERTAINMENT: Carl Mack Presents

FLORIST: Diane with Fat Cat Flowers – (504) 486-8580


UMBRELLAS: Bella Umbrella


Toulousse Gourmet

Stephanie with Food Art

Chef Will – (crawfish, corn bisque, chicken drumlets)

DJ: DJ Hektik

Inspiration to Creation: Parisian Circus (Pt. II)


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! The guests were first greeted with the pastel Parisian Patisserie!

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.

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.

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. The walls were sprinkled with custom circus posters. 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.

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.

Stay tuned for Part III tomorrow!



Inspiration to Creation: Parisian Circus (Pt. I)


Over at Canvas & Canopy Events getting ready for our New Orleans Parisian Circus Soiree was no small feat, we prepared for the event with design boards, all of the whimsical signage and graphics, and sent out the custom ABC circus invitations to all of the guests.

Finally, in January we hopped on a plane to New Orleans to do the 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.

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. 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.

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

Stay Tuned for Parts II & III!!

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