Wednesday, October 27, 2010

{Entertaining}Rustic French Birthday Party

This was a family party for my "baby" who turned 11 this month. My girls decided the theme would be French way back in the summer (could have been our Montreal trip that influenced them but I can't say for sure).

We couldn't have asked for better weather, it was a beautiful, sunny, fall day.  I was hoping to have most of the party outside and we did!

I spray painted wine bottles with chalkboard paint to make these vases.  Her colors were gold and ruby and sunflowers became our symbol.  One stem of artificial sunflowers filled all of the vases.

We made moustache sticks as photo props. The tablecloth was on clearance at TJ Maxx and I'll definitely use it again. The colors were just perfect! My kitchen rooster came out for the party too.

This was the food table before the party.

I also made this birthday banner by printing out the letters and then mounting them on some scrapbook paper.

{the birthday girl and moi}
Lots of fun cousin time was had.

Don't you love these shoes?? 

Our hot tub gets put to good use as a bar area for outdoor fetes.
Sparkling strawberry lemonade for the kids.
We had some real sunflowers too.

This is one of the few photos of the food that I took.  It's a Gorgonzola Cheese Torte from Trader Joe's.

Some adult beverages

We gave out chocolate covered pretzels for the favors.

The dessert buffet.

She chose a pumpkin mousse with ginger snap layers as her 'cake'.  We also made red velvet-cream cheese cake balls and served up some store bought treats as well.

I hope all of her wishes come true!

I will be posting some recipes and tutorials from the party soon.







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41 comments:

Captivus said...

Love these shots! Beautiful captures :-)

Satakieli said...

Gorgeous! Love the decorations, a French theme is such a lovely idea!

Life in Rehab said...

Neat idea for a party! Everything looks lovely and sounds delicious. I love the chandelier over the hot tub and the ball jar bar ware. Magnifique!

Ashley Sisk said...

This party is so much fun - I love all the photos!

Chelsea said...

Beautiful photos! It looks like a great party, and I love all the little touches you added. The moustaches are too cute!

~Chelsea

Julie Harward said...

What a great birthday party! That was a really nice one for an 11 year old, she must feel so special! :D

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Beautiful, Heather! Looks like a very elegant party. Your daughter must have been thrilled! I want some of that cheese torte!

Samantha said...

looks like a blast!! where did you find the red and white straws? i've been searching!

Marissa said...

beautiful party filled with magical moments, I'm sure! She'll never forget it :)

that banner looks great, guess I should have done that for my son's 4th birthday this Saturday...maybe there's still time??!

Sheila said...

Oh wow! Looks all your hard work was a big hit! I sure hope your girls appreciate all you do for them. Love the pics! Great job!

Nora Johnson said...

Great shots -love this ‘F’ post!

Have a great weekend,

LOLA:)

Btw Your quick Alphabe-Thursday link

A 2 Z said...

Oh!là,là! What a cute party! Very original and creative. I love the 'moustaches'! I hope she realized all the work and devotion that went into making her such a beautiful party.

Anne-Marie

Jackie said...

Bonne Fete is right! That looked like a beautiful party , I hope she had lots of fun. Yes I like them shoes and the mustache sticks , very cool .

H said...

What a fantastic party and how much fun to plan it together. I'm sure she'll remember this for a long time to. come

Write Chick said...

I've always wanted to put together a fancy party like that, but I am completely inept at those kinds of things. I love how you played with the color in the photos you put here on your blog, too.
Looks like a great memorable party!

Mary said...

I want a French Birthday party now!
Love the painted chalkboard bottles & those moustache sticks are such a clever idea :-)

Heather@myeverydaygraces said...

What a delightful party! Great decor, Heather... do you have any leftover Sangria? I'll be right over!

myorii said...

Oh how fun! Wow, she got a French themed party for her 11th birthday party....I'm so jealous!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

She chose a great theme. I love the mustache sticks. The trifle looks wonderful.

walshblog said...

Wow,looks like you know how to throw a party!!! Wonderful shots.

Judie said...

A French birthday party! How clever! A birthday never to be forgotten!

Jo said...

oh I hope all of her wishes come true too! What a wonderful theme and what a wonderful job you did pulling it all together! I love the banner ... tres bien!

Annesphamily said...

Beautiful birthday girl! Fun fabulous French party! OO La La! Anne

marisworld said...

C'est tres jolie madam!
and I bet it's a party your 'baby' will remember a long long time from now.
Love the wine bottle vase idea, I might steal that one!

Theresa said...

How fun and creative! Fantastic Fotos!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What a great theme!

I could do some damage to that dessert buffet!

Francisca said...

C'est fabuleux!

RNSANE said...

What an elegant birthday party for a special young lady. You can do that for me anytime...my 67th will be October 3 next year.

Eve said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. Lovely pictures, and you did a great job making everything special. And I've noticed your daughter is getting taller post by post :D

Le Chateau des fleurs by Frenchy said...

LOVE THIS! You did such a great job!
I would love if you link this to the French Obsession party on my blog on November 1st! Amazing!
Hugs
Frenchy

Sue said...

Perfect party!

And yes, I DO love the shoes...

=)

Cheryl D. said...

What a lovely birthday party!

Splendid Little Stars said...

It looks like a fabulous birthday party! so creative! The food sounds wonderful! must come back for the recipes!

Terra said...

what a fabulous idea! My oldest wants to go to france so bad...this is an excellent idea for her birthday this summer...(she too will be 11)

Anestazia said...

I think your 11 year old has better style than I do!! This is such a cute idea. I could never come up with something this creative. <3

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robert said...

It is so gorgeous and lovely party! What a fabulous theme! Really it is magical moments for filled a beautiful party..

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Anna said...

I love this! What a clever and beautiful birthday party ! I agree with Frenchy, you should link this to her French Obsession on November first! I'm going to try to be there too, but not with a fun party like this.
Best wishes,
Anna
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Jenny said...

First of all...what were you, like seven when you had your daughter? You look like her sister!

And second of all! Wow! What a fun, lovely and creative idea for a party. I adore the setting and the refreshments and especially the mustache sticks! Clever, clever, clever!

This was really a fantastic link for Alphabe-Thursday's letter "F"!

Thank you for linking.

A+

Le Chateau des fleurs by Frenchy said...

Love this ! The pictures are amazing! You and your daughter are beautiful !
Love the food, the drinks. The written notes on everything.....Such a happy and fun party ! Bravo !
Thank you so much for linking up!
XO
Frenchy

The French Maid said...

What a lovely day you had! Thanks for sharing!
New follower!
--Lee Ann

Donnie said...

Your photos are so lovely. I especially like the balloons.

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