Vogue : Bringing Up Bébé : Les Lalanne Baby Shower

  • By Peter Callahan

    For years now Peter Callahan Catering has been involved in many of fashion’s coolest parties, but I have to say, one of the most creative events was, of all things, a baby shower. Just this past November, some of the fashion world’s finest, Lauren Santo Domingo, (a contributing editor at Vogue and the co-founder of online fashion retailer Moda Operandi)Derek Blasberg, (fashion writer and editor for the New York Times, bestselling author and editor-at-large for Harper’s Bazaar and Vmagazine), and Aurélie Bidermann, (super chic international jewelry designer), hosted a super stylish baby shower for their dear friend Laure Hériard Dubreuil (founder and CEO of luxury fashion boutiques The Webster Miami and The Webster Bal Harbour).

    The avant garde celebration took place at the Getty Station, a new public art space located at the former Getty filling station in West Chelsea in New York City. The inaugural exhibit at Getty was the “Sheep Station” featuring the sculptural works of late artist François-Xavier Lalanne who is known for his iconic epoxy stone and bronze “Moutons” sculptures. The industrial, realist gas station was turned into rolling grassy pastures to showcase 30 different Lalanne sheep, ram and ewe sculptures. Talk about an incredible setting for an outdoor party! With this surrealist landscape as the foundation for the party setting, party planner and event designer Rebecca Gardner created an amazing party-friendly space that everyone would be talking about for some time.

    Then, inspired by the modern fairy tale setting, I added my signature whimsical food styling to the event design starting with waitresses serving spiced hot toddies on rustic zinc trays. Event planner Rebecca Gardner provided the classic French black and white uniforms for the waitstaff, right down to the starchy white Battenburg lace aprons. From one grassy hill to another I layered on the playful garden concepts for the food and beverage, from huge wild mushrooms sprouting from the grass topped with mother of pearl plates of caviar and blinis, to willow picnic baskets filled with charcuterie à deux with jambon served under mini glass domes, french baguettes, delicious cheeses, jams and paté.

    Oriental rugs were placed throughout the grass, loaded down with pillows and blankets. Our flowering cabbages with elegant “crudités” of sculpted heirloom carrots, brussel sprouts and figs sprouted up around the seating areas. Other whimsical foods we created for the party included waiters circulating through the pasture holding vintage garden trugs filled with nuts, Parmesan, homemade cheese straws, raw radishes and mini carrots. Heirloom cherry tomatoes were filled with seasonal soups and passed among the well-helled crowd in egg cartons. Wheel barrows served as roaming bars and were loaded down with Sancerre, Rosé Champagne and cucumber water served in French water bottles and mismatched depression glasses.

    For dessert, guests could just reach up and grab one of our mini caramel apples with chocolate ganache cores as they were hanging from live trees throughout the party space. Or, they could sample the croquembouche swans instead.

    The who’s who of fashion were there to celebrate with Laure Hériard Dubreuil, such as Francisco Costa, Hamish Bowles, Olivier Theyskens, and Garance Dore, and I encourage you to read more about the party in Vogue as told by party guest and fashion writer, Chloe Malle.

    {Photos courtesy of Kevin Tachman}

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    February 1st, 2014

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