Mon petit chou

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
My sweet little Kate has recently been fascinated with Paris.  She told me a few months ago she did not want to go to college because she thought it would be too noisy.  She quickly told me she will go to Paris instead and then asked me if it was very noisy there.  She literally dreams of me taking her to Paris someday.

So, a few months ago Dave was on business in France and brought back some goodies for Kate.  She LOVED the berets and the scarf and the macaroons that Dave bought back from his trip.  

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She has become quite a little francophile.  At the time we were trying to plan Kate's birthday party theme.  And viola...the idea came to us... 

SPRINGTIME IN PARIS!


So, we started looking for inspiration....

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{I bought this banner and the invitations and cupcake pics from Icing Designs on esty. They were GREAT to work with and they had exactly the look I was searching for.}

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And here we are.  The party is this weekend even though Kate's birthday is in June.  We have such a busy May and June that we decided to do it early before people leave for summer vacation.  Here is a sneak peek....

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I made the Ooh La La banner and a Joyeux Anniversaire banner too!

More to come....I need to get back to decorating:) Au Revoir!


Several people have commented or e-mailed to asked how I hang these from the ceiling....
I use small clear 3m command hooks and clear fishing line:)  Make sure you read the directions for the hooks and they will leave no marks.

39 comments:

  1. How adorable! Perfect party for a sweet little girl!


    Best,
    Colleen @ Meet the Sullivans

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  2. Ohhhhhh your sweet Katie Rui is just too beautiful for words..... I am certain we shall one day see pictures of her in Paris! She will be thrilled with her Birthday Party. Happy Birthday little one!
    Love you all,
    Daleea

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  3. Oh my word -- that is so adorable!! Love it!! You and Dave must take that girl to Paris!! :)

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  4. How fun!!!! Fancy Kate in Paris:)

    Lottie always tells me that when she gets married she is going to adopt a baby from Paris, France;)

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  5. Magnifique!!! I;m with Kate! Love this!

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  6. Ooooh! How pretty! It looks like you had a lot of fun decorating, and it looks like the birthday girl is thrilled.

    May I ask, how did you hang the beautiful lanterns from the ceiling? My daughter's communion is next weekend, and while I have made nine white puffy decorations to hang from the ceiling, I am not sure how to do so! Would love to know your method...

    As an aside, my daughter has a dimple on the left side, too!

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    1. Jeannine,

      Thank you. I use clear fishing line and 3m command strips. I get the tiny clear ones and you can barely see them. the hild the weight and do not mark your paint when you take them done properly. Make sure you follow the instructions though:) I hope your daughter's communion is very special. it is also my nephew's 1st communion:)

      Kim

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    2. Thank you, Kim! I never thought to put those command things on the ceiling. Clever! I have already done up the poufs with white satin ribbon, though, so I will see how that looks.

      A blessed first communion to your nephew...

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    3. Thank you for the tip, Kim!

      And a blessed first communion to your nephew. It's a very special time. I am trying to *enjoy* the preparations and not come undone by them! I made my daughter's dress and posted it, if you want to take a peek...

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  7. What a beautiful theme for a girls birthday party and might I say she looks quite the part of the seasonsed and savvy Francophile? She is too cute and I think a trip to Paris should be in her future Mom so she can sport those berets where they belong (she looks mighty cute in them)!

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  8. I loved planning my kids parties, they are so much fun to do. I love the idea of a Paris theme birthday, you are way too clever! I found this site today and thought you may find use for them in the future. They are here in Houston. I just began offering my services as an event planner and was searching for ideas. http://astylecollective.com/
    Bon jour!

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  9. Oh la la....tres magnifique!!

    :-0

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  10. Oh so cute! Can't wait to see more.

    Blessings,
    Robin

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  11. You are SO creative! What a super idea for a party - Kate will be in heaven. Can't wait to see pictures of all the Parisian fun!!! Happy (early) birthday to Miss Kate!

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  12. Kim, You missed your calling. I so love all your creative ideas. Fabulous! Happy early birthday to Kate! Caroline

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  13. Chère Kate,
    Je te souhaite un merveilleux anniversaire ce week-end entouré de tes copines et de ta famille.
    Que cet anniversaire soit mémorable, riche en rigolades et en surprises afin que tu en gardes un très bon souvenirs.

    Bisous,
    isa et sijia

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    1. Merci beau coup, Isa.

      And I translated for others....




      Dear Kate,
      I wish you a wonderful birthday this weekend surrounded by your friends and your family.
      May this anniversary a memorable one, full of laughs and surprises that you may guard in a very good memories.

      Kisses,
      isa et sijia

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  14. Kate is a girl after my own heart! I adore Paris! It is a magical city:) the food and people can not be beat. My oldest is going in June after her high school graduation:))))

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  15. Incredible!!!!! So fun that she has already fallen in love with Paris!! Tell her "Aunt Bop" is headed there on May 17th for 2 weeks.. Where she will challenge herself to only speak French!!! Ainsley is already counting down her first trip to Paris with her Aunt!!!! We say when she graduates from HS!! You do such a fabulous job with Kate's parties. She is so blessed to have such an awesome Mom!!!

    Thanks for the Bday call and message.. I am so behind with catching up with everyone.. I hope we can connect soon!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Diana

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  16. Bonjour! This is the cutest post ever! I absolutely adore all of your decorations and Kate looks tres chic! I am going to France to be an au pair and this just made me even more excited!

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  17. I am a French lurker. Your title should say "Mon petit chou". :)

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    1. Thank you Catherine. I fixed it. My high school French is obviously very rusty.

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  18. Je lis depuis longtemps votre blog, je vis à Paris si vous avez besoin de quelque chose, demandez moi.
    J'espère que Kate passera un magnifique week end d'anniversaire.

    Aurore

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  19. Je lis depuis longtemps votre blog, je vis à Paris, si vous avez besoin de quelque chose contactez moi.
    J'espère que Kate passera un très beau week end d'anniversaire.

    Aurore

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  20. Adorable! I just took a macaron class a couple of weeks ago. I was an exchange student to France - a long time ago - I would love to go back with my husband, some day!

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  21. I love your idea to have the party early. Looks like it's going to be tres fun :)

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  22. we are totally Francophile's here too!!!!!! LOVE all the decorations---and those invitations are adorable!!!!!! I had a Parisian party a few years ago and got this GIANT cooper Eiffel Tower cookie cutter from William Sonoma---I know it is too short of notice and don't even know if they still sell/make it---but it would be perfect for your party--I wish I lived closer so you could borrow it :(!!! Can't wait to see the party pictures!
    also--one silly question--what do you use to attach the pompoms to the ceiling that does not damage the paint? Have been wanting to try that but have been reluctant as I know my husband would have a fit if the paint got damaged!

    Have a great party--Sunday is our daughter's 9th birthday--the time goes by so fast--seems like just yesterday she was turning 6!

    Barbarann

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    1. Hi Barbarann,

      A few people have asked this...I use clear fishing line and 3m command hooks. If you follow the directions, they come off without any damage to the paint. I did not follow the directions the first time and had one mark.

      Oh that cookie cutter would have been perfect!!!! Hope your daughter has a great birthday!!!

      Have a great weekend.
      Kim

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  23. OMW.... LOVE it... tooo cute... have a great evening... hugz..

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  24. Oh gosh, this is going to be FUN!! I love that scarf Dave brought back from Paris - it suits your little french girl! :)

    Jill

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  25. Can you tell me how you hang the balls from the ceiling? I was thinking of doing something like this for our little ones first birthday once we are home with her from China! We have a smooth ceiling like yours and I don't know what to use without leaving marks etc... Thank You!!!

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    1. A few people have asked this...I use clear fishing line and 3m command hooks. If you follow the directions, they come off without any damage to the paint. I did not follow the directions the first time and had one mark.

      Have a great weekend.
      Kim

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  26. Oh Kim, the party is going to be FABULOUS!!! I love the idea and it looks like Kate does too!!! These pictures of her are adorable.... the hat and scarf are perfect!

    Wishing you a wonderful party and a Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl!!

    xoxo,

    Lisa

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  27. Tell that precious Miss Kate that I love Paris too! Her party is about the cutest thing I've ever seen! Quite fitting for such an adorable little girl.

    I was looking at pictures from your visit the other day and was astounded at how much Dots and your Will have grown since then! I'd say we're overdue to see each other again. Vivian and I will be in Houston for Mother's Day. Will you be around that weekend?

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  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I was in Paris over sping break and oh my was it ever WONDERFUL!!!

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  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I was in Paris over sping break and oh my was it ever WONDERFUL!!!

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