Pâtisserie Inspired Table Shoot
I am so excited to finally share this shoot! Melissa of The Loveliest Day will be working with me on a series of mini design shoots in the upcoming months. She is an aspiring Event Designer who is more like a pro than aspiring in my opinion. I recommend brides booking her now. For this shoot, Melissa proposed a Patisserie inspired dessert table, and I immediately jumped on it. Big thanks to everyone involved: Jen of Found, Melody of My Sweet and Saucy, Jane of Olive Hue, and Ashley Rose of Ashley Rose Photography for the great images!
I will let Mel take it from here: The inspiration behind this patisserie brunch bridal shower shoot was Ladurée and the other tea and pastry salons of Paris. For this shoot we created a dessert table and a tea bar, both ideas that can be easily re-created!
I wanted to include some fresh flowers, but opted to keep it simple. I displayed the flowers in galvanized metal pails to mimic the look of street side flower shops in Paris. I also added a few single stems and mini bouquets here and there for a bit of added charm.
Melody posted a tutorial on how to frost the ruffle cake featured in this shoot. Click here to learn.
The ribbon curtains, which hung behind the dessert table, were inspired by an image of the gift packaging station at Ladurée. Rolls of pastel ribbons cascaded down the wall, ready to be snipped off and used to tie up a gorgeous package of fresh macarons. In between the ribbon curtains I hung a vintage window pane, which I painted white. To me, the window helped bring in the feeling of a Parisian storefront.
Melody of My Sweet and Saucy Shop whipped up some incredible confections for the dessert table! A mix of traditional French desserts like macarons, cream puffs, éclairs, madelines and fruit tarts, along with some one and two layer cakes and mini cupcakes. It was the perfect blend, and many of the desserts can be made at home, even if you’re not a master baker!
Jane of Olive Hue Paper Goods created some darling favor boxes. Perfect for guests to take home a few macarons or a colorful cream puff! The boxes were topped with some vintage mother of pearl buttons from my personal collection. You can add buttons like we did, or any other kind of accent you wish. The box has a lovely pattern, so it will also look great without additional accents if that’s the look you prefer! No matter what you choose, your guests will love these adorable favor boxes!
What are pastries without a delicious cup of tea? The tea bar we created offered several different kinds of tea. There was something for everyone, from a bold black tea to a mild herbal tea. Each variety of tea had its own custom colored label. The beautiful chalkboard menu, hand drawn by Jane of Olive Hue Paper Goods, identified which color tea tag coincided with each tea. Written across the top the chalkboard was “heure du thé”, which translates to tea time. Hot water was provided in a vintage silver pot. The table was topped off by a collection of vintage teacups and saucers. Cute little tags reading “sucré” were attached to the end of a toothpick and stuck into the top of sugar cubes. Just pick one up and stir it into your tea?
Jane of Olive Hue also made the favor boxes, place cards, tea bags and sugar cube flags available to download just for Ruffed readers. Thank you Jane!
Download gray wedding favor boxes
Download green wedding favor boxes
Download pink wedding favor boxes
Download guest cards, tea bags and sugar cube flags
Event Design & Styling: Melissa of The Loveliest Day / Vintage Rentals: Jen of Found / Cakes and Pastries: Melody of My Sweet and Saucy / Paper Goods: Jane of Olive Hue/ Photography: Ashley Rose of Ashley Rose Photography
Love that ruffled cake–great technique I’ll have to remember! And putting it together with the milk glass cake stand and other elements like the ribbon curtain…extremely cohesive and lovely. Melissa definitely has the eye and attention to detail to be a real success.
Pretty favor boxes with the macarons!
YEAH! Congrats Mel! I can’t wait to see more of the shoots you guys do! The vendors involved in this shoot are some of my faves and it all come out so yummy looking! I want to attend this “tea party”!!
wow now all of a sudden I have an intense craving for a tea break with cream puffs!! Yummy shoot!
That ruffled wedding cake is to die for! I wanna keep it on my nightstand and have it with me and eat it all at the same time.
Wow! Gorgeous! I especially love all the lovely paper details, although that ruffled cake is so fabulous! Yum!
This is beautiful! So many details. Love them all!
LOVE THIS SO MUCH, I am a huge fan of Laduree pastry shop. This shoot is perfect!!
Aspiring? Aspiring my foot! This girl is amazing. I love everything about this; the ruffle cake, the ribbon curtains, the colours. Everything! AMAZING!
This was one of my favorite shoots yet! So fun working with these ladies!
Oh that cake is wonderful! So unique–I love it!!
It’s literally so delicious! love it all!
flippin amazing. such a great team. melissa’s on a roll this week!
Wow the pink ruffles cake is fantastic!! Like a perfect mad hatters tea party!
Wow Melissa, what a fantastic job!! It looks girly and pretty and delightful. Great team effort!
Oh, I LOVE this!!! Too bad can´t download the favor boxes, it’s not working!…
Thanks for the heads up — the downloads should be working now!
mmmm I love the colors!
Soooo deliciously beautiful!!! Melissa you are a double threat and more!!! Such a talent! Makes me want to get married again, just for the decor *sigh* 😉
Thank you SO much for having me be apart of this amazing team of designers and vendors! I loved working with these ladies…so talented!
Every single detail is absolutely stunning! Thank you for the wonderful ideas and links!
the most beautiful table spread i’ve ever seen!!! gorgeous!
I recently hosted a bridal shower — and can’t wait to host my next one. It’s possible I like it even more than weddings. It’s an important event, so people don’t think you’re going overboard if you send paper invitations and make labels for the dessert table. You can host as many as you have girlfriends (unlike weddings proper). And the smaller, intimate nature means there is more time and resource for handmade touches and other little details.
Loved this design and am going to steal a number of ideas — the ribbon backdrop, the tea table (I always spy these at my local thrift shop, so it would be an affordable option), and oh! I love that ruffled cake! Thank you!
I am dying over this! Every shot is pure goodness, I am in love with all these details! So so so good. Melissa is a genius and Amanda is right – book her ASAP!! 🙂
Is fabulous. I love it, so soft, feminine. Precioso
I really love this sweet color !!! <3
oh my gosh. this may be one of the prettiest things i’ve ever seen! not exaggerating. wowww.
Amazing. Love the chalkboard calligraphy. I’m really hungry now!
That pink ruffle cake is incredible. As someone who has dabbled in wedding cake making, I am fascinated by that cake. It’s like no other cake I’ve ever seen!
Amazing!!!! This has to be one of the best Tableshoots I have ever come across…. Very talented people that put their creativity together, made this BEAUTIFUL indeed!!!!!!!! Love it, Love it!
That cake is to die for. Incredible. Well done.
I love all the cake stands and glassware that was used. Was it purchased or did you rent it? where did you purchase or rent them from?
Wow! This is such a beautiful presentation from the incredibly lovely chalkboard and paper designs, to the treats, to the photography! Thank you for the visual feast!! Awesome work!
This entire concept was magnificent! And being a pastry student myself, I am definitely envious of this wedding. Will definitely be using this as reference when I organize my wedding in the far future 😛 Love it!
I am in such a tea mode lately…that sign is incredible and the photography by Ashley Rose: C’est Parfait! This would be a wedding shower too…and I better be invited.
I really want to eat the pink ruffle cake! It looks sooo delicious!
This is so gorgeous! Would someone be able to tell me the name of the font used for the dessert labels? Thank you!
I’m planning a French themed “Chocolat” themed party. I love the inspiration this provides. Thank you! 🙂
How do i make the tea tags different colors? when i downloaded them, they are just outlined in black without any color. Please let me know.
I’m trying to download the pink favor box but it shows gray. Also, how can I change the colors of the tea tags. I just see gray. Thanks!