French Themed Birthday Party


This past weekend I hosted a birthday party for my husband.  We went with a French Happy Hour theme as sort of a nod to the time we spent in France, BC(before children).  For the decor, I used what I already had, and was so pleased with the result.  Hope you like it!

Guests were greeted with French wine and champagne!   I set up this area with my DIY pipe & drape frame system to hold old frames, a ‘C’ for Chuck, and curtain panels to frame it all out.  I brought out an old chest to act as a bar, and iced the champagne in a garden urn.
  • A little taste of France: Goat cheese toasts w/caramelized onions, Brie tarts with strawberry preserves, mini quiches, and “french” fries served in paper cones with a fleur de lis embelishment.
  • An old suit case was used to serve the toasts out of, and pictures from our trip created a ‘banner’ above.
  • The dessert table served up fruit tartlets, palmiers, croquembouche, and these divine macarons from Petites Bouchees.  I chose the chocolate-espresso butter cream, and the hazelnut-caramel.  Delicious!
  • I used drawers to display the macarons, an urn for height and to hold the palmiers, and a frame fitted with ‘post card’ scrapbook paper to hold the fruit tarts.
  • Other decorative elements were a globe, some French books I picked up in Paris, and a candelabra hanging above.

french themed dessert table

  • Take home favors consisted of various monogrammed items: note pads, coaster sets, and note cards.  The bags were wrapped with coordinating paper used throughout the party, and a monogram tag was attached with Fleur de lis wax seal.
  • Another vintage suit case was used to help display the favors.


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  1. mle says

    Hi Chris! every detail is absolutely perfect and the food looks delish!! thanks for all of the ideas : )

  2. Tricia says

    You got my attention. Themed table settings/parties are one of my favorite endeavors. Couple that with Paris and I'm taking notes. I read more of your blog and marked you as one of my favorites.

  3. Diane@InMyOwnStyle says

    Hi Chris-
    How pretty and what a special party atmosphere. I wish I could sit myself right down into your photo. I love how you have not overlooked any detail.
    My best- Diane

  4. Infarrantly Creative says

    Holy cow that is simply gorgeous. What a sweet party. Thanks for sharing the details with us

  5. Diann says

    This is just wonderful and filled with fabulous ideas! I had to bookmark this to come back for inspiration!

  6. Christie says

    I am your newest follower! I entered the CSI challenge last week (A Girl's Shed) and found yours from the 'Top 10.' I LOVE it…so glad I found it! I think you have the best job in the world! Check out my daughter's birthday party at

    I love to throw a party! I will enjoy going through yours! My brother-in-law lives in Richmond, Va…David Thomas! Have a great week!

  7. vicki archer says

    Fabulous ideas…thank you….I love the way you served the macarons….very inspirational…xv

  8. elle says

    this party looks great! i love all of the touches. puting the french fries in a fancy setting was cleaver!

  9. Pia says

    Hey I really love this idea, it’s fantastic. I’m currently trying to plan an out door party for my mothers 60th in Oct. I’ve been looking for some really easy, affordable and exciting ideas. Any Ideas?