Simple Pink and Black Paris-Themed Birthday Party

My eldest daughter just turned ten. TEN!! And while she is hardly a pink-tutu-wearing pre-teen, she did warm to my theme of a not-too-frou-frou pink-and-black Paris-tinged Fabulous Fashionista party after she saw my vision.

I sort of stumbled on the pink and black theme while at Michael’s shopping for my twins’ birthday supplies back in May. But when I saw a collection of Parisian-themed pink and black items on sale I knew I had to snap them up, especially knowing my daughter planned on only inviting three friends for a slumber party. (By the way: easiest. party. ever.)

Here’s what I did:

Homemade Paris-themed pink and black birthday invitation at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com

I designed the birthday invitation based on the party supplies and decorations I had purchased. I use Photoshop Elements for all my designing.

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com

Imagine my luck when I saw this Eiffel Tower jewelry stand at Michael’s?? Perfect centerpiece!

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com

And how about these fabulous boxes? Lined with some plastic wrap they make totally chic snack containers. (Also from Michael’s)

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com

For some added touches: a homemade ‘Belle Paris’ sign, a copy of the invitation, a fancy box, a decorative card and a silver and black place mat (from Dollarama that I’ve had for ages!)

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com.

And Laura swoops in with the perfect ‘Bonne fête ma chérie!’ banner, of course.

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com.

These were the tins (from Michael’s) that set the theme in motion. I envisioned them as the ‘loot bag’. Each girl received a coordinating manicure set, eye pillow and nail buffer.

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com.

As soon as the guests arrived, each girl opened up her tin, chose among an assortment of nail polishes I’d set out, then set forth painting up a storm. And those little dishes? They each took one of those home, too.

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com.

After the manis came dinner: homemade pizza and raw veggies and after dinner was a movie in the basement where they’d set up camp. My daughter had been dying to see Teen Beach Movie so off they went. However, because we have younger children in the house and this was already a late party, we took a cake break. Because you can’t have a party without a fabulous cake!

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com.

This is my beautiful girl after making her wish and blowing out the candles. And the cake, from me, made with love.

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com.

So, while I had most of the details in place, I only had a few hours to put the cake and party together as we were away until the evening prior to party day. But then Laura gives me the idea for a photo booth, so I take it and run with it as best as I can with the tools and time at my disposal. Thanks to my husband for finding that great Paris poster. And I already had the fashion plaques for the party. I made a quick run to Target for a frame (really, my only party splurge at $30) and a floppy hat and some goofy glasses and mustaches. I whipped up the talk bubbles and hot-glued them on some wooden dowels, just as I did the mustaches. And the remaining props came from the dress-up box or our closet.

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com. Then I set up the camera on the tripod, gave the girls a quick tutorial and they took turns taking pictures.

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com. Lights out, girls…

Simple Pink and Black Paris-themed Birthday Party at http://www.sevenlittlemonkeys.com.

And finally, a hearty brunch the next morning before pick-up.

Bonne fête, ma chérie!

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3 Replies to “Simple Pink and Black Paris-Themed Birthday Party”

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  2. I LOVE THIS. I really want to do thins for my birthday but I don’t know where to get all the supplies you have and how much they cost!

    • Thank you, Taniyah. I honestly built the party and theme around the decorations, which I found on sale at Michael’s. Depending on where you are, check out craft supply stores, party supply stores, maybe department stores and even dollar stores for things like tableware (also that’s where I found the placemats!) You might start with a Google search to see what pops up in your area. There are deals out there if you have the time to shop around. Good luck!

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