You love your French sailor stripes, but those alone won't make a baby shower theme. Instead, channel Marseille with this nautical-inspired idea that features classy -- not cutesy -- stork accents.
Décor: For add a tres chic nautical take on the classic stork theme, combine a mix of accents. Create a life preserver by wrapping a piece of foam from the fabric store with lots of ribbons. Buy lots of nautical flags, and coordinate with red, blue and black linens. Dress up the storks on your cookies and invitations in blue-striped shirts and berets. (You can find easy instructions on how to decorate those cookies here and create the invitations here -- or just hire the tasks out.) Keep your centerpieces simple and classic with white tulips in navy and red ribbon-wrapped vases.
Cute idea: Macaron "rattles" are easy to make and are oh-so-French. Buy white macaroons, and then insert a lollipop stick into the filling. (For a cute touch, add red, blue and black ribbon around the stick!)