Paris Birthday Party

• 31 January 2011

Almost a year ago, we started planning my daughter's Paris-themed birthday party...starting with the little Eiffel Tower key chains I bought during our last visit in the Spring. Yup...I schlepped those around for 9 months before finally having the chance to use them! Anyway, this was fun to plan together and I'm excited to share the details with you today. If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I like to create homespun parties that don't break the bank (i.e. parties that don't cost more than $50-100). They are just kids after all! Keeping it sweet and simple is really the name of the game around here.

I debated about invitations for some time...and then I spotted macaron lollies in a recent issue of Donna Hay and knew this was just the idea I was looking for! Luckily, I was able to procure all of the necessary supplies locally. The macaron lollipop invitations provided the perfect excuse for hand-delivery; although driving around for an hour+ with 4 little ones at the end of the day is not recommended...:)

To set the stage for the party, we hung a Paris canvas brought back from Habitat. It was a such a pain to get back to the States, so I was happy to put it to further use! I laid a French linen tablecloth (albeit a little wrinkled despite my best efforts at the ironing board) on the table and added a few {mostly} borrowed Eiffel Towers (thanks Jihan!). The addition of cupcake stands, fresh hydrangeas and a handful of macarons completed the simple centerpiece.

Deciding on what food to serve took about five seconds--les crèpes et les macarons bien sur! We decided it would be fun to make the crepe-making into an activity, which the girls loved. They each donned one of my cooking aprons and went to town with the crepe batter (recipe forthcoming this week). They had a great time doing this and I'm happy my daughter politely reminded me that she was too old for some of the simple, old-fashioned party games I typically suggest. Anyway, once the whipped creme, bananas and nutella hit the table, it was all over! No one, including me, realized amidst the shrieks of delight, that we forgot to eat the cake. It really was all about the nutella--and rightly so!

For an additional activity the girls made their own Eiffel Tower out of sparkly silver pipe cleaners (again, thanks Jihan for the clever idea!). It was the perfect thing to do while waiting for all of the guests to arrive. We enjoyed watching each girl create her own monument in her own way. In the background we played the Putamayo French Cafe cd, as well as a few other French favorites my daughter enjoys. We also put a French spin on Hot Potato, using a miniature Eiffel Tower as the "potato" and the fore-mentioned French music. The girls giggled their way through the game and played it several times in a row. All in all, a successful party--I think it really helped my daughter feel more settled here in Seattle, which is all I hoped for in the end!

all images by Stephanie Brubaker

Update:  A few more birthday party theme ideas have been posted recently.


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