On Saturday, September 22, 2018, fifty of Andrea’s closest family and friends gathered together at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers for a baby shower that was meant to be a magical, Secret Garden-inspired affair.
Our client, Andrea, a radiant soon-to-be-mother, wanted us to help her capture a very important moment in her and her husband’s life—the birth of their first child. She envisioned a day full of extravagant floral displays and a lush setting for intimate moments she would share with dad-to-be and the rest of her loved ones.
Our event manager was on site at noon for important preliminary arrangements. Fork & Spoon event producers arrived at 3 p.m. to set up tables, the buffet, bar and welcome area. They arranged cocktail rounds in the Potted Plants Room. Table set up in the Orchid Pavilion included a tree dressed in lights and hanging orbs with candles. The Pavilion was adorned in elegant floral pieces, featuring orchids and succulents. Hunt Littlefield provided our event team with the beautiful floral arrangements. Misti Layne was also on site to help us capture the day and all its extraordinary moments.
Guests began to arrive at the conservatory at 6 p.m. The host of the event graciously welcomed guests at the entrance of conservatory. Once guests settled in, staff greeted them with glasses of champagne, white wine, fruit infused waters or a signature mocktail.
Cocktails, small bites and garden mingling
What better place to experience a baby shower than a room dedicated to diverse life, nurturing and growth? The Potted Plants Room was a natural setting for guests to share words and laughs, marvel at the colorful and interesting collections of flora and enjoy flavorful bites and refreshing cocktails.
Small passed bites included the following mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres:
on Sourdough with Meyer Lemon Aioli
Red Wine Braised Short Rib Vol Au Vent
with Potato Puree and Horseradish Gremolata
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
on Lightly Seasoned Grilled Baguette
Intimate dining in the Orchid Pavilion
After an hour of light bites and reminiscing, the host invited guests into the Orchid Pavilion for Andrea’s exciting reveal—she’s having a boy! There were plenty of moving speeches and big emotions circulating through the room.
All the excitement certainly stirred many guests’ appetites. Dinner featured creative stations—Asian fusion, poke station, and cheese, charcuterie and vegetable station as colorful as the conservatory’s surrounding floral life.
Stations featured the following fresh, delicious and beautifully prepared items:
Asian Fusion Station
Barbeque Glazed Hanger Steak and Mushroom Kabob
Chili-Lime Prawn Skewer with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Korean Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Green Onions
Toy Box Tomato Caprese Skewer with Fresh Bocconcini and Basil
Asian Chicken Salad
Shaved Vegetables and Rice Noodle
Salad with a Sweet Chili Vinaigrette
Cheese, Charcuteries, Vegetable Station
Artisan Cheese, Charcuterie and
with Seasonal Fruit and Quince Paste
Rustic Breads and Breadsticks
Local Charcuterie Assortment
with Spiced Nuts and Fork and Spoon Signature Marinated Olives
Farmer’s Market Crudo
Seasonal Fresh and Pickled Vegetables
With a Warm Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Roasted Corn Salad
with Shelling Peas, Cherry Tomatoes and Citrus Vinaigrette
With Hawaiian Ahi Tuna, Hamachi, Ora King Salmon, Crab Salad,
Brown and White Rice, Mixed
Greens, Avocado, Corn, Mango, Scallions, Sliced Jalapeño, Cilantro,
Fried Onions, Furikake,
Masago, Sweet Soy, Ponzu, Shoyu
A sweet ending
What’s a baby shower without a little dessert? Guests helped themselves to a delectable display of treats, which included the following:
Mini Fruit Tartlets,
Chocolate Eclairs and Cream Puffs
Financier Tea Cakes
Petite Lemon Meringue Tarts
This unique baby shower marked another personalized experience for another one of our clients and a memorable day for everyone involved. All beautiful days must end, but really, the event symbolized something far greater—the beginning of new life.
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