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Party // norah’s french inspired birthday party

January 17, 2014

I can’t believe I shared a lot of Norah’s French inspired third birthday party with you, but not the actual party!
Oh my!  And, crazy, she will be 5 this summer!
So here are a few of the party details.
I wanted to do a French theme, since one, my dad is from France, so that is a big part of our lives, and Norah’s grandma and papy came home from france right before her party, and brought along some French goodies.
We served pastries.
Ham and cheese baguette sandwiches.
Various French cheeses.
Fruit cups.
Lots of French goodies and cookies.
Another sweets table. No lack of candy at the party, that’s for sure.
I made a vanilla cake with a white buttercream frosting and filled with lemon curd.
I put rock candy crystals on the sides of the cake for a little color.
My sweet girl was in heaven!
We used some wooden cutlery for the party that I hand painted to match the yellow and purple of the party.  See the DIY dipped cutlery post here.

I made some french macaron cookies in purple and yellow.

I made some DIY tassel garland (tutorial in link)

I also made some signs for the food, as well as the invitations with a little whisk of watercolors, see tutorial here.
The drink table.

The spread.

The party favor I shared here.

I put together a few fun GIANT balloons with fringe for the birthday girl.  See the tutorial I shared, here.

We are so lucky to have our sweet and sassy little girl.  These pictures make me a little bit sad, because she has already grown so much since this day.  Makes me want to bottle her up at every stage.

Hope you enjoyed the French inspired party pictures.

See more details about the party, here.

Party Sources:
Baskets- Hobby Lobby
White Trays- Walmart, Tai Pan Trading, Target
Tablecloths- Thrifted vintage fabric
Mini art easels- Hobby Lobby
Wooden boxes- JoAnns
White Vases- Ikea
Sandwich paper bags- Zurchers
Rock Candy- Zurchers
Fruit Cups- Orson Gygi
Cake Stand- Martha Stewart for Macys
Wooden Cutlery- Etsy (painted by me)
Paper Straws- Zurchers
Eiffel Tower- Hobby Lobby
Giant Balloon- Zurchers
Fringe- Zurchers

{all photos by me, Caroline Armelle Drake}

DIY giant fringe balloon …

May 15, 2013


A fun new trend hopping around is using giant balloons for party or even wedding decor!

We used these giant 36 inch round balloons I found at Zurchers at my daughters 3rd birthday party and they were a hit!

I dressed them up with some fringy crepe paper, and they really added to the event!

I am sharing my full step by step picture tutorial over on my post for Project Wedding today!  Be sure to check it out!

[all photos by me, Caroline Armelle Drake]

french inspired party: favors …

November 9, 2012


So, I’m back sharing a few more details from Norah’s French inspired third birthday party.

Today, I am going to share the party favors with you!

We gave each of our guests a wooden berry basket full of some of our favorite French goodies, and items that match the party decor and colors!

Each basket was filled with: (Click on items for source)

Wooden Berry Basket
Wooden Excelsoir
C. Howard’s Lemon Mints
Dove and Hersheys Chocolates- Walmart
Lindt Chocolates- Walmart
Bonne Maman French Honey
Cotton Muslin Bags With Dried Lavendar
Milka Chocolates- Walmart
Small Toblerones- Walmart
Eiffel Tower Chocolates, made using melted chocolates,  an eiffel tower mold from Orson Gygi

It is a lot of fun for me to put together these party favors!  It is always fun to go around and see what I can find that fits into the party theme with colors and such!

I think it was the perfect way to say “Merci!”

To see more pictures of Norah’s French inspired party, see here!

{All photos by me, Caroline Armelle Drake}