Back in February we celebrated Marley’s 12th birthday with a Paris-themed birthday party at home. She started middle school last year and chose to take French as her foreign language, so when I pitched the idea for a Paris party for her birthday, she excitedly said, “Oui oui!”
We invited only a handful of kids who live near us for the party, wanting to keep it low-key. Everything was done on a budget, but turned out even more beautiful than I anticipated. I can’t wait to show you the details, so let’s get to it!
I set up the dining room as the party room. On the table, I layered light pink, dark pink, and black plastic tablecloths, then scattered silver glitter chipboard stars on top. My mom gave Marley the small Eiffel Tower when she visited Paris on vacation a couple years ago. I found the large Eiffel Tower at Pier 1 Imports during their after-Christmas sale.
The pink polka dot cups hold Skittles and M&M’s, Marley’s favorite candies. In the vase, Marley used the scraps from the pink pom-poms to fill it and tossed in a battery-operated tea light.
On the wall behind the table, I created a Paris wall hanging using wooden letters, scrapbook paper and ribbon. The letters came from Hobby Lobby and I had the paper in my stash. I simply traced each letter onto the paper and carefully cut them out. I used Mod Podge to attach them to the wooden letters, then hot glued ribbon on the back to hang each one. Command hooks on the wall made it easy to hang them for the party, then take them down afterwards with no mess!
My dining room is square, which made it easy, but you could do this in any size or shaped room. I simply folded each tablecloth in half lengthwise and pinned one end to each corner of the room. Then I carefully pulled it towards the center of the room, leaving enough slack in each one to allow the swag effect. I pinned it to the center as close to the chandelier as I could get, then trimmed it to fit.
I made those pretty pink pom-poms in the back, too. My friend saw a picture of them and asked if I could make some for her daughter’s upcoming birthday, too. Of course I said I would…then she requested twenty. Twenty! Y’all, they were so awesome though. She wanted all of them to be pink, but I made a whole bunch of different variations. They were so fabulous! Maybe I’ll have to do a tutorial on those one day….
We went light on the food since we only had a few kids come over. I found black chevron striped napkins (Target, I think?) and pink plates to compliment the pink and black decor. We had chips, pretzels, cookie cake, homemade meringue, and French macaroons!
Can you believe Kroger did this cake? I was blown away! I told the ladies that it was a French-themed party and our colors were pink, black, and white, and this is what I got. So stinkin’ cool! Marley was very excited, too.
Here in the Atlanta area, we have a French bakery that I was happy to discover in time for Marley’s party. I ordered a variety of macaroons and sent the kids home with several of their choosing in a snack bag. They were as delicious as they were beautiful! (Cake plate – Pier 1)
After the kids hung out for a while and ate cake and snacks, we moved into the
dining party room where I had set up a canvas for each party-goer, along with paint and foam brushes. They each got to create their own artistic masterpiece to take home!
It was such a great party. Marley loved it, the kids had fun, and this momma stayed on budget. Yay!
By the way, I loved how pretty that pink popped against my navy blue walls, but the hubster wasn’t going to let me keep pink in the dining room. Can’t blame a girl for tryin’!
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