A parisian 10th Birthday party complete with a macaron filling station, cream puff tower and the Mona Lisa.
This was our daughter Amaia’s wish for her double digit milestone birthday, that we celebrated last month. We actually had 2 parties for our girl this year; one with friends and the other with family! It was nice to divide up the parties and to keep the celebration going for this special year of hers! And it all started off with a birthday photo shoot (a family tradition) which is something I look forward to doing every year!
A few favorite shots:
She wore a black and white polka-dot jumper and black slides for her photos.
A trip to Paris ( or a parisian birthday party) wouldn’t be complete without the boarding pass!
We used photoshop to create this fun boarding pass invitation design that Amaia enjoyed sending out to friends and family! It was a sweet way to get all the guests excited for the festivities!
Parisian Party Decor:
After the invites went out, we began work on her party celebration, starting with the decorations of course! To create something a little less cliché, we setup a variety of stations in our home based off of the places we enjoyed the most while in Paris, thus creating a more realistic parisian party vibe, that she could share with her friends for the ultimate French experience.
The awning is made of cardboard and was one of my favorite DIY projects to date. I found the 3D awning in red and white for $3 and painted it black. It was easier than expected to change the color of the awning with a little painter’s tape and black acrylic paint.
In addition to the awning and pattisserie, we had a Eiffel tower backdrop for the photo booth,
a café table display inspired by famous Café de Flore,
fresh rose and hydrangea flower arrangements,
custom confetti, chalkboard signs, street signs,
decorative lights and balloons.
We also blew up a variety of prints from our trip to Paris last summer and hung them around the home for an indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt, featuring plenty of the top monuments from the city.
The Mona Lisa photo prop was a fun(ny) addition to the party!
No Parisian birthday party would be complete without french macarons! We created a macaron filling station, complete with a variety of frosting, fillings and sprinkles. The macaron filling flavors were birthday cake, vanilla bean and lemon curd and ended up being a memorable experience for the girls! They each got to fill their own macaron shells and then we wrapped their finished macarons in fancy gold boxes that they all took home as party favors!
We also served more macarons at the patisserie station, but this time I added birthday cake crumbs and raspberry jam to the center.
The lavender & lemon sugar cookies were delish!
As were the raspberry and lemon tarts, which I made with perforated tart rings, lemon curd, raspberry jam + meringues.
Lastly we had madeleines and served cream puffs too.
The cream puffs were a last minute idea, displayed on a tower that ended up being super easy to put together!
Look for the DIY coming soon!
Of all the desserts, one of the quickest to go were the madeleines.
What I love most about these mini french madeleine cakes is that they can be made a day in advance since the batter has to sit for at least 4 hours but up to 24. I pre-made the batter the day before, then an hour before A’s party, baked the madeleines off so that they were nice and fresh upon serving. If you love madeleines as much as I do, check out another recipe here!
A good madeleine is slightly golden brown and crisp around the edges. Dust with a little powdered sugar for a sweet finishing touch!Print
Basic Madeleine Recipe
A recipe for French Madeleines. Dairy Free.
For the Madeleines:
- 1 cup vegan butter, melted (I use Miyokos cashew butter)
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
- 1 cup Flour (I use Bob’s Redmill)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 3 large eggs at room temp
- 3/4 cups organic sugar
- Powdered sugar for garnish
For the Madeleines:
- Melt the vegan butter in a pan. Heat for roughly 10 minutes on medium until it begins to brown.
- Transfer the melted browned butter to a dish and pour in the lemon zest and vanilla bean.
- Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the eggs on medium and gradually pour in the sugar.
- Whisk the sugar and egg mixture on medium high for roughly 3 minutes.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold the flour mixture into the eggs and sugar, just until combined.
- Then fold the butter into the mixture until combined, cover, and transfer to the fridge for at least 4 hours or up to 24.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray each cavity of the madeleine pan with cooking spray or butter until evenly distributed.
- Spoon level teaspoons of batter into the center of each madeleine cavity. The batter will spread in the oven.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Transfer to a cooling rack.
- Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Please allow 4 hours time for the batter to sit. This is in addition to the prep and cook time.
This recipe is adapted by bakerbynature.com. Please visit Ashley’s website for the classic, French Madeleine recipe.
The party ended with a sleepover and custom tents that my husband made for the girls. The next morning they had a French Toast before departing!
Overall it was a wonderful week of celebration and a magnifique way to start off A’s new birth year!
I hope you’ve found some inspiration if you’re planning to throw a Parisian themed party of your own!
Linking to all the party supplies sources below.
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what a milestone Amaia in the double digits and she is such a beauty inside & out. I love her tender heart and her passion for humanity & animals. I love how she takes a stand. So proud of her. She looked gorgeous. As for the party…wow. thanks for taking us to Paris! all the wonderful posters, the decor, the surprising & stunning Parisian touches all made this theme feel like Paris! Amazing details and such tasty & beautiful desserts! This was a show stopper. You are very talented with an eye for chic, posh, modern & fun xoxo
Posh Little Designs says
Thank you for all the wonderful words! Amaia is lucky to have a grandma like you ❤️ And of course it was wonderful to celebrate with you! Fun times always and I’m glad you enjoyed!! 🎉
I want a party just like this one!!! Everything is perfect and beautiful!!! All my favorite things!!
Posh Little Designs says
So sweet of you to visit and comment! Thank you Nancy!
Where did you get those striped awnings? Or how did you make them? SO cute!
Posh Little Designs says
Hi! I purchased a red and white striped awning from Oriental Trading and painted it black. It was really easy to do with painters tape and black craft paint.