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Parisian Party Paradise

Being that I plan parties and events for a living, you would think I would be biting at the bit to throw my 10 year old daughter a birthday that would blow her mind.  To be honest, in our family, birthdays are usually more about having an experience involving going somewhere instead of an actual party.

Well, that being said, it seemed like turning 10 was a commemorative year in itself and well deserving of turning the house into a Parisian themed birthday party!

My good friend Pinterest and the always trusty Oriental Trading Company provided the fuel for the ideas and the cheap props to make them come to life.  I started pinning away (feel free to check out my board for all my resources) and quite quickly a black and pink Parisian experience came to life.

Parisien GirlsHot pink and black paper balls were placed on the living room ceiling in varying dangling lengths providing for a punch of color and festive entrance.  I would advise however to not use the ladder for hanging while drinking wine.  It was verging on a tad bit dangerous.  Eiffel tower favor bags were filled with varying Parisian themed tattoos and notebooks and made a nice parting gift.  A hot pink and white striped tablecloth and black and white polka dotted plates tied in the theme and color palette.

A large Eiffel tower wall decal was the perfect inexpensive backdrop for photo opportunities as the girls used props of scarves, top hats, vests, feather boas and of course the oh so clever black mustache to take goofy pictures galore. I even had to join in the fun! Games included a rendition of the bridal shower toilet paper game, and the girls worked in teams to make their own French fashion expressions by creating a dress out of massive amounts of toilet paper.  The creative ones of the group thrived on the next game as they used tooth picks and mini marshmallows to configure the tallest Eiffel tower.

A good friend and vendor I often refer business to, Jenny with the Cake Cathedral, Parisian Cupcakeswas kind enough to gift me the most beautiful cupcakes, filled with raspberries and topped with buttercream, all wrapped in a delicate fleur de lis muffin cups and displayed upon a bedazzling three tiered mirrored display.  Before the sweet treats the girls noshed on ham and swiss cheese croissant sandwiches and sparkling lemonade in the oh so elegant, but quite functional, plastic champagne flutes.

So since the experience of actually going to Paris wasn’t quite in the cards, or the pocketbook, it was fun to turn the house in to a Parisian themed paradise.  The girls seemed to have fun, and it was a blast to plan.  It seemed to be the perfect fit for that little girl that isn’t quite so little anymore, and isn’t quite too grown up either.  Au revoir for now!

AUTHOR: LAUREN MCINTYRE

Lauren is a lover of events, the great outdoors, wine, food, friends, and family. With 12 years of wedding experience, she offers helpful insights and pointers for weddings and special events. As a San Luis Obispo local, her tips come from first-hand experience of the beautiful Central Coast.

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