madeline birthday party

madeline/paris party by shiny happy sprinklesPiper Jane is absolutely smitten with Paris and Madeline (the children’s books by Ludwig Bemelmans) and has been asking for a Madeline party since, well, since her Sprinkle Party last year!

madeline party by shiny happy sprinklesAnd what a fun party to put together! After the Denver shower, and now this Paris party, I am fully in love with locale-based party themes (in fact, there’s a London party in the works for this fall).


madeline themed birthday party menu ideasThe brunch menu was simple and yummy- croissants, streusel topped blueberry muffins (Piper’s fav), egg and bacon cups and tons of fresh fruit.


madeline party sweet shoppeWhat Parisian party would be complete without rows of macarons (I ordered these from Elle Merced Macarons on etsy)?

Jars of ‘bonbons’ completed the sweet shoppe and were a huge hit with party guests.


madeline_party_decorThe décor several book based projects- book page garlands, globes dotted with mini Madelines, plus a plethora of Eiffel towers and Paris postcards. Stripes in red, yellow and blue rounded out the scheme.

Madelines iconic (and fabulous) collar made an appearance in the favor table backdrop, in the signage (I had so much fun putting this signage together) and in Piper’s Madeline dress.

Another Madeline icon- the classic yellow hat- adorned mini Eiffel towers and apothecary jars alike.


madeline3Y’all know my philosophy of party activities- simpler is better. I set up a ‘channel your inner Monet’ coloring station, a reading nook stocked with piles of Madeline books, and spray bottles (my favorite!) for guests to “help Madeline water the garden.” The guests had so much fun coloring, reading and spraying!

madeline in paris- party ideas and favorsFAVORS

Each guest took home a Madeline book, a bag of treats and a ribbon necklace with an Eiffel tower charm.

madeline in paris birthday partyMore details and tutorials to come….


Eiffel tower decor and place holders- World Market

Madeline doll, Madeline playing cards, Paris post cards, mini Eiffel tower charms- Amazon

Madeline dress and hat- handmade

Striped and polka dot favor bags, hot dog trays (turned banana boats), favor cups, cupcake liners- Bake it Pretty



  1. Dayna says

    love, love, LOVE it! i was wondering when you were going to show piper’s birthday party. ha. clearly, i need a life.

    i cannot believe she’s so grown up. i guess it makes sense that if mine is 3, your’s would be as well. she’s beautiful.

    p.s. love that you incorrporated the water bottles again! why do children love water so much???

  2. says

    What an adorable party! My little one loves Madeline too. She wants to be Madeline for Halloween.I know I could make the dress but I haven’t had any luck finding a hat. Where did you find yours?

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