French Themed Birthday Party


This past weekend I hosted a birthday party for my husband.  We went with a French happy hour theme as a nod to the time we spent in France, before we had kids. For the décor, 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 embellishment.
  • 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. The flavors are chocolate-espresso butter cream, and hazelnut-caramel.
  • 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 include 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. 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?

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

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

  4. I am your newest follower! I LOVE it…so glad I found it! I think you have the best job in the world! Have a great week!

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

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

  10. Hi Chris- I'll be featuring your party tomorrow! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks again for joining The Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  11. Chris this is simply beautiful! I love each and every detail. The frames are incredible and I just adore the favor bags. Fantastic job – gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you are having a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  12. I connected with you through the Tablescaper. Absolutely exquisite. I will have to have a French party. What beautiful details and lovely food. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh Chriiiiiis,

    Guess whose awesome party I've featured today??!! 🙂

    P.s. – Hope you've had a nice wknd!! 🙂

  14. STUNNING – I finally had a moment to drool over all the details – this is incredible Chris – I love it!!

  15. oh my goodness gracious! that is wonderful! you are a genius! i so want to copy ever detail! thanks so much for sharing!

  16. This is a good posting, I was wondering if I could use this blog post on my website, I will link it back to your website though. If this is a problem please let me know and I will take it down right away.

  17. OH MY GOODNESS Chris this is AMAZING!! I would love to feature it on Kinser Event Company! Great Job!

  18. Awetastic!!!! I wish I had your kind of 'stuff' just laying around, it's all perfect! I wish my hubby would let me through him a party like this, he doesn't want the fuss. It's like, 'Hello? Do you realized who you married?

  19. Awwww….

    Chris, you attention to detail is just sublime!! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up!!

    A bientot et gros bisous!! 🙂

  20. Thanks again, everybody!

    Eloise, and Bird, you have made my day! 🙂

  21. Chris!! Mais c'est magnifique!! 🙂

    I LOVE the theme, the petit fours, the vintage French suitcases, the pvc pipping is just genius and I shall steal hehe…love the postcards, favor bags and their contents… enfin, J'aime tout, tout!! 🙂


  22. Hi, i love your blog, i've never comment untill now, i'm french used to live in Paris, and now live in south of France. You got the french touch bravo!

  23. I love, love the creative use of the drawers and the vintage suitcases. Happy that you liked the macarons. I'll link to this post when I put up my next macaron-related posting which should be soon!

  24. this is absolutely gorgeous! one of my favorite parties of yours if not THE favorite! everything looks perfect !!!!

  25. My favorite part, hands down, is the use of the drawers! SO creative. Love it. And PS, your hydrangeas are out of this world! The perfect backdrop!

  26. Wow, you did a beautiful job. It all looks so lovely! Those hydrangea's are gorgeous – the perfect back drop.

    I am sure all your guest loved it!

  27. i love this! i love the photo garland, i love the frames, the luggage! amazing job!

  28. Oh~ I just love these kind of party details! Everything is PERFECT! What an awesome party!!!

  29. Thanks so much for coming and joining in the fun, "Summer Sundays". Hope to see you next Sunday too!

    – The Tablescaper

  30. sigh…talk about takin' us all to Paris! No words, just …sigh…sooooo gorgeous. Beret's off to you lady!

  31. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, everyone!!

    "The Tablescaper," thanks for the tip, I'll check it out!

    Natasha, you crack me up! It's as if you were here! ;D

    Julie,…"small" weddings, and we can talk! ;D

  32. oh my goodness, this is GORGEOUS!! I love love love how you served things in drawers! and the frames look amazing. I'm sure your guests were thrilled.

  33. Chris, this is amazing! The details are perfection. Tell me again why you aren't designing gorgeous weddings for me to shoot??? ; )

  34. It's all in the detail. As I like to say. Very comprehensive your decoration and I loved the favors bags. Have a nice week. Beatriz

  35. Totally amazing Chris!!! Very inspiring for a Monday morning-what a way to start the week. Just beautiful!

  36. Has it been a year since that fabulous 40th? This is awesome! I love everythinf from the drawers holding the wine glasses, and macarons, to the luggage to the urns! Job well done.
    BTW your hydrangea's are still gorgeous!

  37. This is such an amazing creative theme and you did an outstanding job! Love that little chest you used as a bar; loved usuing drawers for serving; love your photos "pinned" on the line; great menu! Just FABULOUS!

    I'm hosting a new meme called "Summer Sundays" and it's all about what summer means to YOU! It could be a beautiful summery tablescape! Hope you'll come and join us.

    – The Tablescaper

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