Paris is always a good idea. – Audrey Hepburn
We so agree Ms. Hepburn. This Paris adult birthday party theme is a lovely idea for the birthday gals who are either crazy about pink, crazy about Paris or both!
This adult birthday theme doesn’t have to be just for birthdays. It would work incredibly well for a baby shower, wedding shower, first birthdays, bachelorette party or just for an excuse to get the girls together. Parisian-themed invitations, vintage music, pink décor, French fare and cocktails will set the mood to create a magical soiree. Read on to learn five tips for a memorable birthday celebration at home!
Creating an exquisite invitation sets the tone and adds to the excitement of your party. These printable Paris crown and invitations is absolutely clever and adorable.
Etsy: Paris Birthday Party Invitation
Decorations and Ambiance
The first step for setting up your Paris party is the decorations.
Your Paris party decorations should be elegant and stylish so choose a color scheme early on and stick to it. We recommend pink, black, and white to match all the party decor and supplies. If you want to make it more glamorous and glitzy add gold to your color theme.
It wouldn’t be a Paris themed party if the Eiffel Tower wasn’t part of your decorations! This Eiffel Tower would look super chic and très Parisian in the middle of your buffet table if you pair it with Birthday Butler’s All-Inclusive Private Reserve centerpiece that sets the tone for the party...and also looks outstanding in pictures. It also includes the following serve ware to save you time.
- 12" stainless steel cake stand
- Stainless steel cake server
- Black plastic plates 
- Forks 
- Napkins 
Dress your table with a black stripe table runner from Etsy and then layer it with this floral runner made from Ling's Moment with rich artificial pink ranunculus asiaticus, rose, peonies and a little wild berry combined with a 6.5 ft eucalyptus garland. You can order these item months in advance because these centerpiece table decors are all artificial flowers.
Play vintage music to transport your guests to the streets of Paris. Choose French accordion tunes and recordings by Edith Piaf, the legendary French singer. If you're aiming for something more contemporary, choose cuts from the "Moulin Rouge" film soundtrack.
Add crème de cassis, a liqueur made from black currants, to glasses of champagne to create the French cocktail, kir royale.
Make a French martini cocktail from Chaising Daisies. This delicious French Martini cocktail is filled with fresh ingredients including pineapple, raspberry puree, and basil. It’s a fun twist on the traditional French Martini cocktail recipe that’s perfect for anyone who loves fresh herbs in a cocktail! Chasing Daisies Blog
French Martini Cocktail Recipe
- .75 ounces Chambord
- 2 ounces (2 shots) Vodka
- 2.5 ounces fresh pineapple juice
- 4 sprigs of basil
- A pinch of sugar
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the basil, a pinch of sugar, and a tablespoon of water. Gently crush the basil with a spoon 8-10 times to release the flavors.
- Add ice to the shaker (to fill it halfway) and combine the rest of the ingredients on top of the ice.
- Shake the cocktail for 20 seconds, or until the shaker gets icy cold. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with raspberries or basil.
- If you want extra fresh raspberry puree, feel free to muddle a few raspberries along with the basil during step 1.
- I recommend using fresh pineapple juice (a whole pineapple makes 4-5 drinks) but you can use canned as well.
Food and Party Favors
The rule of French cuisine is simple and delicious, which translates perfectly to party food! Stick to a couple of iconic French foods that you know your guests will love. Here are some suggestions!
To complete your version of a Parisian evening, offer guests an array of delectable French hors d'oeuvres.
A beautiful charcuterie platter stacked with cheeses like brie, camembert and tangy chevre alongside slices of cured meats such as saucisson sec and jambon sec can be served as a starter.
Add baguette slices, olive tapenade, fruit preserves, bunches of red grapes and spreadable pate. Aren't these toothpicks from Heather Tycksen adorable?
Gougeres are warm cheese puffs that pair well with escargots served in rich garlic butter. Serve warm or at room temperature mini-quiches and tiny tarts made of meats, onion and cheeses.
Create a dessert buffet table with heavenly French sweets such as crème brulee, macarons and cream puffs drizzled with caramel. Insert macarons in these pretty party favor boxes so guests have a souvenir to take home with them.
Eiffel Tower ring toss game
Buy a plastic statue of the Eiffel Tower and place it on the floor. Use an old cardboard box to cut out some rings and take it in turns to throw a ring onto the Eiffel Tower. Each player has 5 tries and whoever lands their ring on the Eiffel Tower the most wins.
This game is a bit like the javelin but with a baguette (and best played outside where there’s plenty of space). Take it in turns to throw the baguette and whoever throws it the furthest wins!
French-themed photo booth
Why not set up a French-themed photo booth to take some funny snaps to remember your Parisian themed party? Set up a photo booth backdrop with a couple of glitter door curtains, then grab some photo props and French-themed fancy dress accessories like berets, fake moustaches and striped t-shirts. Then grab a camera and strike a pose!
A Parisian pink themed birthday party is perfect for any woman celebrating her milestone birthday. The opportunity for banner centerpieces and decorations are endless. You might even consider using decorations that you already have around the house. Chances are if you are throwing a Parisian birthday party, the birthday girl might already have some gorgeous pink and black decor in her room. So make sure you ask her ahead of time and in that way you can personalize her birthday decor with things she already loves.