Party Planning + Paris Memories

• 10 January 2011





















Since three of my four kids have back-to-back birthday months (around the holidays nonetheless), I find it essential to plan their party themes in advance. This allows me to create a better party for my child and spend less (it's those last-minute purchases that kill the budget). Right now I'm helping my daughter put together her Paris-themed birthday party...we've been planning it for a year now. As I put together ideas, I'm daydreaming of our experiences there--including a crazy driving tour of l'Arc de Triomphe. Those 3 minutes were truly some of the scariest in my life! Imagine about 10 lanes, all unmarked, with several turn offs. To be honest, I was thankful to have survived.

Today's party prep task is deciding what the "pin-the-__" game is going to look like. Pin the beret on the French schoolgirl? (she did after all attend school in France) Pin the French flag on the top of the Eiffel Tower? If you have any clever ideas, I'd love to hear them!

image by daddy-o

16 comments:

  1. I'd say pin the baguette on the french girl!

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  2. or pin the baguette on the bicylette

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  3. pin the croissant on the eiffel tower or pin the beret on Mona Lisa (she is still in France, isn't she?)

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  4. How about pin the tail on a "french poodle"?

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  5. pin the chocolat in the croissant! :)

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  6. hey steph!
    i did a paris party for my niece. it was such a fun theme.

    http://kristinecmetcalf.blogspot.com/2010/11/bonjour.html

    http://kristinecmetcalf.blogspot.com/2010/11/ohh-la-la-saylor-is-7.html

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  7. Hmmm.... I like the idea of pinning something on the Eiffel Tower, because that means you'll also have a fabulous party decoration built in: a large poster of la Tour Eiffel! How about Pin-the-Tourist, where you're trying to get the Tourist on Premier Etage? They could each color a paper doll (the French school girl, perhaps?) and then use their doll for the game too...

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  8. Two thoughts that kids might enjoy- pin the meat/cheese/veggies on the baguette (have them "make" the sandwich. Or, since the Eiffel Tower is what little kids might associate with France, how about pin the firework on the top of the tower? Then all of those that miss will look like the pretty fireworks surrounding the tower :-)

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  9. http://www.thecoterieblog.com/2011/01/noelles-1st-birthday.html

    I saw this today then read your post, kismet!

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  10. I keep thinking of mimes for some reason...but the beret or the flag are both really cute ideas. paper dolls could be really cute, too. for me the pinnacle of a paris party would be the sweets!

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  11. I don't have any ideas for the "pin the" game. Mostly I just loved the pic and the memories of the Arc de Triomphe (yes I know I spelled it wrong). I have never had to drive it, but I could sit and watch the cars all day. How they move safely in what appears to be utter chaos is fascinating to me.

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  12. Great ideas friends! My mind is spinning with possibilities now. Thank you!

    Monica, they do move about safely don't they? It's a miracle. Although when I show up...

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  13. We had a Paris themed party for my daughter..we pinned the French poodle in the basket of the velo.....it was darling! We served a crepe bar with all the fixings...including nutella. And we made glass necklaces with little Eiffel tours under the glass...so fun. My daughter wore a cute beret at the party and handed out little packages of croissants at the end.

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  14. Andrea, that's super cute. My daughter loves crepes and Ben actually has a killer recipe from France we could use. I feel like the sugar intake for the party just went up a little more! It's hard to resist more sweets and treats at a Paris party though...

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  15. I've always thought it would be fun to do a Madeline party and incorporate French things since, after all, she is from Paris. You could do pin the hat on Madeline?

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  16. I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one who starts to plan so long ahead! I think you are right that it way better for the budget!
    We had a paris party for my daughter in March last year,this year it will be a bird theme...

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