Oh Là Là Birthday!

by Andrea on May 3, 2011

Emily recently celebrated her birthday, which gave me the perfect opportunity to plan a little party.  Two of our friends and co-party organizers were quite nice and let me just go to town with the planning.  The theme grew out of the party locale.  We celebrated at a gem of a café that features crêpes which of course led me down the Parisian theme route.

Miss Emily studied abroad in France and has a spot soft for Paris, so I figured why not?  Plus, the last four clothing items I have bought in the last four months have all been blue and white striped.  Clearly, that was on the brain.  (I’m pretty sure planning a party for someone else around my latest wardrobe choices is not ideal.  Thank goodness it really did fit with Em’s interests!)  Sooo, the theme was Parisian birthday featuring the Tour d’Eiffel, blue and white stripes, and a hint of silver.

To get Emily excited for her fête, I put together this little invitation:

Next came the decoration plan.  The café featured old world wood doorways, fireplace mantels, chandeliers, and antique windows; plus it had a private room for us to rent! It really wouldn’t take much to make our room perfect.  I started with a blue and white tablecloth.  (A little secret – I picked it up at Value Village.  I have only been to the Value Village by our home, but they have most amazing collection of textiles which are organized by color and type.  Brilliant!)  On the same trip, I also picked up an Eiffel Tower centerpiece.  I was pretty much on cloud nine following this trip, and I was only out $5.   Then I finished off the table with little candles, some IKEA vases with white roses, and handmade paper curls that said oh là là.

In addition to the table decoration, we put up a handmade Joyeux Anniversaire banner and hung streamers from the chandelier.  Remember when I said that I had some plans for Jordan’s streamers? Well, it was for this party.  I made them in blue and shimmery white paper.  They were SO easy.  I attached some fishing weights to the bottom piece to help them hang nicely.

We all had savory crêpes for dinner and then sweet crêpes for dessert.  Mine was nutella strawberry…mmm.  As Leah said, she was glad that not a single one of the women asked to share.  We all had our own dessert along with additional glasses of wine.  Oh, and we turned off the lights and serenaded the birthday girl.  A truly lovely evening!





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