This year we selected to have our birthday party at a local social painting place. For those of you who are local, we selected Blanc Palatte in Liberty Missouri. I really liked the party package. They offered instructor lead painting, personalized photos or the ability to select from their library, as well as the space is amazing! Our host for the day was Jamie and the girls loved her. The Mommies loved her.
The birthday girl selected the painting she wished to paint, an Eiffel Tower no doubt. I did ask the instructors before I booked if 7 year old could really paint and I was assured as long as the Mom's let go they could. I took that as code for keep the Mom's busy.
The birthday girl got all dressed up for her birthday party. I purchased her a new black dress and a strand of pearls. We were hoping to look like Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's. She did have gloves but keeping those on her was probably as difficult as predicting Missouri weather. An hour before her bedtime and she is still completely dressed up.
As our invitations indicated, the theme for this party was the Eiffel Tower. Last year I purchased a cake from a local baker but this year I decided to resume tackling the cake myself. I made a double layer, dark chocolate cake with strawberry white chocolate ganache filling covered in buttercream frosting pipped with a 1M to create roses all over the cake.
With the exception of the Eiffel Tower, I purchased what I needed to make this cake at our local Michaels Craft Store. They have Wilton baking pans, Wilton disposable frosting bags, decorators tips, gel food coloring, and nonpareils. I purchased the Eiffel Tower cake topper online and found silver birthday candles at Target. The entire cake stood on a black metal cake stand. It was absolutely beautiful!
In addition to the cake, I made Eiffel Tower Lollipops using Wilton bright pink candy wafers and lollipop sticks (also purchased from Michaels). I purchased the mold on Amazon. Making the lollipops was super easy. Just melt and mold. I added a black and white polka dot ribbon to set it off.
The food for the party was kept as simple as possible. Part of my plan to keep the Mom's busy was to serve them wonderful cheeses from France as well as some vino. I served turkey and Swiss sandwiches on croissants in case the little girls did not appreciate the cheese. My hardest decision was in deciding what cheese to have and what to leave behind. I ended up with nine total varieties of cheese. I also served chocolate covered oreo's as well as French Soda Pop that I obtained from World Market.
My friend Krista just returned from visiting Paris and she emailed me a few photos to use. I selected this photo and went to Office Max and had an engineers print made of it. It cost less than you would think to make a photo the size that I did. I mounted the photo to a foam board from Home Depot. I added some paper fans and created a back drop for the food table.
I used mini canvas and easels to identify each cheese and I used a painters board for the actual cheese board. I think it enhanced the venue nicely.
I spent many hours hand painting chocolate covered Oreo's for the party. (Again, everything used here came from Michaels.) They were a huge hit. The guest gobbled up every single one of them.
I think the birthday girl got as much paint on herself as she did the canvas. The girls had a great time painting. In fact, the birthday girl's Nana also had a fun time painting.
All of the girls really enjoyed the painting. Many of the Mom's wished they were painting as well.
This party made my little girls day! She has fallen in love with Paris and the Eiffel Tower. She was so giddy and silly all day long because she was so happy. I think in her dreams she was in Paris and left behind the cold and snow that has been plaguing us for so long.
A private birthday party at Blanc Palette gives you two hours in the venue. So, after painting we had food, cake, and opened presents. I had also purchased a Paris themed Bingo game from Etsy so in our final moments we played a game of Bingo. Each girl was able to take home a pink chocolate Eiffel Tower Lollipop.