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A Parisian Themed Little Gentleman First Birthday Party

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Creative first birthday parties are so much fun. When planning this sweet little boy’s first birthday party, a travel theme was chosen.

It made perfect sense because the baby’s shower was based on the Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go.

Sticking with the travel motif, the city of Paris was chosen and a bowties-berets-Parisian idea began to take shape.

Professional planner Katherine Shorter, of Creating Awesomenessity, worked closely with the guest of honor’s mom to find clever ways to incorporate details reminiscent of Paris and tie in a little gentleman theme.

You’ll love how she let this theme take flight as viewed in the photos by Lyndsi Metz.


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The scene was set for a unique Paris themed experience as guests were welcomed with a hand drawn Eiffel Tower chalkboard sign.

A sweet little bunting hung from the chalkboard, welcoming guests with a message in French.

This was just a small foreshadowing of all of the French touches in shades of blue, black and white that were to come. There are so many cute details!

Boys Parisian Themed Birthday Party Table Ideas

If you’re looking for a unique spin on a refreshment table, the lovely “build your own croissant or bagel station” was one of my favorite elements of this party.

A black and white striped backdrop flanked on each side by jumbo blue balloons (Celebration Lane) boasted simple beret, mustache and bow tie cutouts which made a darling display.

Boys Parisian themed Birthday Party Food Bread Ideas

A beautiful blue tablecloth was accented with a vase of flowers and a custom station sign.

Scrumptious looking loaves of artisan breads, bagels and croissants were served alongside a myriad of toppings, allowing guests to build their own favorite sandwiches.

Mouthwatering trays of fresh fruit, finger foods and a seafood pasta were also available to please palates.

Boys Parisian Themed Birthday Party Drink Ideas

To accompany the delightful food menu, a lovely beverage station had one-step non-alcoholic mimosas with strawberry and peach slices.

Boys Parisian Themed Birthday Party Drink Table Ideas

She also served “Berry Beret” punch and sweet tea served in custom mason jars from Always the Occasion, plus the cutest water bottles in custom beverage wraps.

Boys Parisian Themed Birthday party water bottle drink ideas

France is known for delicious sweets, and guests at this party weren’t left wanting. A black and white damask table covering was the foundation for a beautiful dessert table.

Boys Parisian Themed Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Darling desserts inspired by the theme were sweetly displayed; some of my favorites are the chocolate bow ties, chocolate Eiffel Towers, and mini donuts by EZ Favors Lollipop Shop.

Boys Parisian Themed Birthday Party Food Cookie Ideas

And how adorable are the beret and bow tie cookies by CaraBella Creations?

Striped popcorn boxes (Celebration Lane) were dressed up in mustaches and bowties for the occasion!

Boys Parisian themed Birthday party Donut Ideas

One of my favorite details from the whole event is the adorable bowtie utensil holders created from napkins.

How clever and cute are they?!  They look absolutely perfect lined up side by side.

Boys Parisian Themed Birthday Party Napkin Ideas

To keep guests busy, one of the special birthday activities included having guests leave a special wish for the birthday boy.

A mustache chalkboard was provided for the recording of special wishes. It will serve as a keepsake to hang in the guest of honor’s room following the party.

Additionally, a photo booth was set up so guests could take photos and share laughs while posing with the photo booth props from Tutus and Bowties Events.

Boys Parisian Themed Birthday Party Favor Ideas

Before leaving the celebration, guests were presented with natural lavender sachets handcrafted by stamping burlap bags with Eiffel Tower images and Fleur de Lis.

Each was filled with dried lavender and sewn closed.  The thought was that guests could use their sachets in the dryer or their lingerie bureau so the soothing scent would permeate night clothes for a better sleep (I think I need to get my hands on one of those sachets!).

Don’t you just love how the favors were displayed in a cute cart with oversized letters spelling the word “merci” under a poster of the Eiffel Tower? What a fun way to drive home the theme at the end of the night.

In addition to the sachets, each guest was invited to take home sweets from the dessert table.

A Parisian themed boy’s first birthday party? Oui, oui… — all the way home!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.