Planning a first birthday party turned out to be an absolute delight. I love weddings – and always will – but my daugther’s first birthday party was so much fun. I don’t really do themes for weddings so it was fun to get really cutesy and into children’s parties.
A Welcome to Paris sign (in French) greeted guests as they arrived to Little Beans Cafe.
Since the venue has a sock only policy, I made a sign notifying guests.
It was near the name tags that said “Je m’appelle”. I had name tags for the children because there were a lot of people meeting for the first time at the party!
Complimentary socks were available for the guests – both children and adults- that happened to be sock-less that day!
The main room of Little Beans is huge and has these with gorgeous skylights. To bring your eyes up, I tied balloons ties to each chair. I also rented pink satin linen for the tables for more color!
Each table was decorated with giant Eiffel towers and bird cages.
The sweets table was a true labor of love. The table was covered in pink linen and had a banner that said “Let them eat cake”. I used cake stands of varying height to display all of the treats. The cake was a 3D Eiffel tower designed by Naomi from TipsyCake. In the background, I hung pastel pink streamers.
Some of the pink treats for the guests.
Outside of the main room, is a little nook for a buffet. I decorated the room with cards of the French alphabet. There was also a dress form with a strand of pearls.
We served two different types of savory crepes for our hungry guests!
Who doesn’t love a dress form? I borrowed this lovely from my good friend Sonia Roselli.
The drinks table: punch and custom water bottles. For the punch, we had sheer pink glasses with cute straws and straw flags.
The main room had long tables. Since it was a children’s party, I didn’t want to use anything too delicate. The Left Bank sells these lovely Eiffel Towers that I coupled with bird cages.
Never underestimate the power of balloons!
In the lounge area, I displayed Francesca’s baby book.
The framed invitation was displayed on the coffee table.
Above the favors, I made a sign that translates to “Thank You, Kisses, Francesca”.
The favors were a custom CD with French nursery songs.
For the older children, I bought individual favors that were more suitable to their age range.
A family photo in the playhouse.
I’ll be posting more about the party tomorrow!