Co-founders of CANDICE&ALISON Events Group, Alison Slight and Candice Chan have planned managed and executed multi-million dollar luxury events for a discerning clientele around the world. To welcome Alison’s first child, Candice and Alison put together an exquisite shower at Malaparte, at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto.
“Designing my baby shower was one of my favourite planning experiences to date. It is rare that we are able to take the time to create something personal and special for ourselves as the focus is typically on our cherished clients and bringing their dreams to life,” writes Alison.
There were a few elements that were essential for Alison to celebrate the pending arrival of her daughter: the event had to be stylish, chic and feel like a lovely afternoon brunch as opposed to a cliché shower experience. She opted for a palette of soft pastel peach, mint green and gold, which made the overall design more premium and sophisticated. Luscious blooms of white dahlia’s were accented by blush mini protea, apricot coloured roses, mini spray roses, white and blush astilbe, white and pink sweet peas and the soft grey leaves of dusty miller. The flowers were artfully arranged in gold, green and blush vases grouped together down the centre of the tables, creating a delicate and beautiful table scape. The table was further enhanced with large spherical white balloons to fill the soaring ceilings of the venue in addition to accenting the sweet and gift table. The food had to be as beautiful as the event design, 2 courses were served in addition to the elaborate sweet table by Oliver & Bonacini.
PALETTERA produced beautiful place settings, which were personalized with custom menus in a chic contemporary style, each adorned with the guest’s name in a combination of serif and script fonts. We also designed labels for the glassware, with the name of each guest. As a classy host, gifting was also an important element for Alison. Each invitee left with a bottle of It’s a Girl” O.P.I nail polish tied with a ribbon and a rosette tag that we designed and hand crafted. Different from any typical gift tag, we printed the rose onto a diecut circle, which was held by a gold grommet to a diecut leaf in mint green — the tag was interactive and offered a very special finishing touch! Welcome Baby Lola! You certainly arrived in high style!
Adapted from article by Alison Slight
Photographer: Lisa Petrole
Clothing styled by Amarsana Gendunova
Event styled by Candice & Alison Events Group
Makeup and hair Amy Beth Duclos @ Judy Inc
Photo assistant Nilou Ghaemi
Stationery design & product photography: PALETTERA
Florals: Jackie O florals
Table settings by Exclusive Affair Rentals exclusiveaffair.com
Furnishings by Luxe Rentals luxerentals.ca
Dining chairs by Chair Boutique chairboutique.ca
Venue: Malaparte, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Oliver & Bonacini