Is there anything sweeter than a 1st birthday party? It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of special first milestones. And, it’s the promise of a lifetime full of beautiful memories. It’s been quite a few years since we have had a 1st birthday of our own to celebrate. So, when my dear friend, Rebecca, contacted me about hosting a 1st birthday party for her little guy, I leapt at the chance to be a part of his special day.
Little Xavier and his mother have many French connections. I’ve been friends with Rebecca since college and she’s traveled to France many times. She is fluent in French and became a Francophile while she was a ballet dancer. When we discussed possible party themes, a French Inspired Red Balloon Party seemed like a perfect fit for sweet little guy.
When designing the party, I started by creating the Red Balloon Printable Party Collection. A red and black color palette was chosen. French landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe were incorporated into the paper party goods. Scroll down for more details and sources.
For the party, we decided that the best time of day to hold the party would be in the late morning. Since the party was during the morning, we planned a brunch menu. The menu consisted of French inspired items, such as Quiche Lorraine, Parfaits, and Croissants.
Most of the French inspired desserts were purchased at local shops. The table included Madelines, Palmiers, Meringues, Macarons and Lady Fingers. The birthday boy’s mom ordered a magnificent Croquembouche cake for the party.
An organic smash cake from Whole Foods Market was made just for the birthday boy. It was topped with a handmade balloon cake topper.
The party occurred in November, so the birthday boy’s mom ordered French themed Christmas ornaments for all of the party guests. I love the idea giving Christmas ornaments for a party favor. When guests pull out their ornaments each year to decorate their Christmas tree, they will be reminded of sweet Xavier’s 1st birthday.
The fashionable little birthday boy arrived at the party in his French beret and striped shirt.
Although it took a little encouragement, he enjoyed smashing his own little cake.
Croquembouche Cake – Martine’s Pastries
Smash Cake – Whole Foods Market
Christmas Ornaments – Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
Printable Party Collection & Party Styling – Mirabelle Creations