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:
I designed the birthday invitation based on the party supplies and decorations I had purchased. I use Photoshop Elements for all my designing.
Imagine my luck when I saw this Eiffel Tower jewelry stand at Michael’s?? Perfect centerpiece!
And how about these fabulous boxes? Lined with some plastic wrap they make totally chic snack containers. (Also from Michael’s)
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!)
And Laura swoops in with the perfect ‘Bonne fête ma chérie!’ banner, of course.
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.
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.
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!
This is my beautiful girl after making her wish and blowing out the candles. And the cake, from me, made with love.
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.
And finally, a hearty brunch the next morning before pick-up.