Cebolla Fine Flowers
1 / Elaina striped dress, $275, at Calypso; silver necklace, $275, at Elements
2 / Greylin Chelsie pants, $123, Greylin Calista top, $106, both at Elements; Jimmy Choo sandals, $995, at Neiman Marcus NorthPark; Julie Cohn cuff, $525, at juliecohndesign.com
3 / Waverly Grey Evangeline skirt, $172, at Elements; Brian Atwood suede heels, $425, at Neiman Marcus NorthPark
6 / Yoana Baraschi Citron tank, $284, Aesa Excess earrings, $385, both at Elements; ring, stylist’s own
BOOK OF LOVE
In lieu of opening gifts during the shower, attendees focused on more personal gestures. Each guest posed for a photo with the mother-to-be; pictures were placed in a memory book alongside bits of advice, words of wisdom, and well wishes written to honor the occasion. During the meal, the ladies passed the book around the table and read their words aloud.
Lisa Garza used a combination of iconic spode serving pieces and utilitarian steel buckets to create visual interest on the buffet
Curry Deviled Eggs with Caviar
Squash Puppies with Sissy’s Jalapeño Jelly
Watermelon Radish Salad
Biscuits with Shipped Honey Butter
Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
Coconut and Meringue Cake
A bright champagne cocktail and a fresh herbal cooler provided a light counterpoint to the decadent souther-inspired menu. Both beverages are easy to make ahead allowing more time for you to enjoy the celebration.
1 oz. New Amsterdam Gin
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Splash of Champagne
Pour gin, juice, and syrup into a shaker. Add ice and shake hard for five seconds. Pour into mixing glass and use a julep strainer to strain into a flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
Sissy’s Cucumber Cooler
2 ½-inch-thick cucumber slices
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
(¾ oz. for less sweetness)
1 oz. elderflower syrup
3 oz. Sprite
Splash of soda
Spritz of orange blossom water
Muddle cucumber in a shaker glass. Add lime juice, simple syrup, and two or three large ice cubes. Shake for 30 seconds. Pour into an 8-ounce mason jar or Collins glass. Top off with Sprite. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber, splash of soda, and spritz of orange blossom water.
GET THE LOOK
A nature-inspired palette punctuated with pops of lemon yellow set the stage for an elegant but down-to-earth event. Clusters of unscented white flowers gave texture and warmth to the space without distracting from the food.
1 / Parchment Pennant Garland, $26
2 / Spode Delemere Dinnerware, $78 for five-piece place setting, horchow.com.
3 / Lacquered Box, $20 at Container Store, containerstore.com.