When we were first planning Lydia’s 50th birthday party, my brother suggested “French” as a possible theme. Lydia has always been a Francophile – me too! – and it sounded like fun. Then my mom and I found these cocktail napkins and it all just fell into place from there.
Turns out Paris is the perfect jumping off point for all sorts of Good (Party) Ideas:
Plates, napkins and centerpiece featuring a smartly dressed woman walking her poodle by the Eiffel Tower (Lydia’s standard poodle Sophie is black, but she definitely sports pink bows! – that’s her on the banner of Lydia’s blog)
The menu – Brie and goat cheese, olives, crudité with garlic aioli, sliced baguette with butter (imported from France), grapes, sausages in puff pastry (that’s the empty plate … they were in the oven!), lemon cupcakes, macarons (Trader Joes FTW), sparkling wine, Rosé and sparkling water. (The beer, however, was American – I’m not sure IPAs have caught on yet in France?)
Co-hosting the party with your mom and your sister (and remembering to take a pre-guests photo!)
Getting a fun photo of the birthday girl with her own mom making a birthday toast.
Smiling through post-party cleanup and feeling so fortunate to have family who are friends … and live close by!
Birthday girl selfies.
Celebrating. together. always a VERY good idea!
Happy Birthday, Lydia! I loved being part of your special day!