This adorable LADUREE PARISIAN TEA PARTY FIRST BIRTHDAY was submitted by Elizabeth Ann.
What sweet party! I absolutely adore the mint, pink, and purple color scheme used in it; it’s so precious! I also love the cute invitations and favor bags! This party is too cute and would work perfectly for a birthday party or play date!
My favorite Laduree Parisian Tea Party ideas and elements from this darling first birthday celebration are:
- The adorable dress
- The cute macaron flavor backdrop
- The darling Laduree macaron tower
- The beautiful silver tea sets
- The cute candy filled tea cups
- The cute Laduree pop up book
- and MORE!
Ladurée macaron tower, cherry blossom, hibiscus and poppy candies, honey, nougat, teas, candle holders and “Ladurée: Decoration and Inspiration” book with pop-up: Laduree
Ladurée stationary, pencils, and ribbon: Online Marks
Silver plated tongs for meringues and marshmallows: Amazon
Silver plated sugar and nougat tongs: Amazon
Rhinestone embellishment on Dress: Forever 21
Macaron fabric: Ebay
Light pink tutus and ballet shoes: Opera de Paris
Hot pink tutu with colored streamers: Met Opera Shop
“The Barefoot Books Of Ballet Stories”: Met Opera Shop
Musical jewelry box with ballerina dancing to Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Swans”: Pottery Barn
Custom wrapping paper: Spoon Flower
No. 2110 (1M) Open Star Decorating Tip: Wilton
“Emily’s Famous Marshmallows”: All Recipes
“Peppermint Meringues”: All Recipes
Laduree Parisian Tea Party Details:
This is what Elizabeth said about planning the party- “My daughter’s 1st birthday party was a Ladurée Parisian tea. Much of her nursery décor is from Paris, and Ladurée inspired, so the party just happened to be a continuation of my obsession with my favorite patisserie. Ive been fortunate to live in two cities, one of which we recently moved to, with Ladurée salons and have visited many of their locations; each salon has a distinctive elegance and charm. Much like “sugar plum fairies dancing in the head”, Ladurée leaves me dreaming about their macarons, delighting in their exquisite packaging, and swooning over their luscious scented candles.
Though Ladurée has developed many new products over the past few years, using a wide range of colors, I wanted to stick with their signature pastel green, baby pink, and purple for this color scheme. In planning for the party, the first thing I thought about was the design of her dress and accessories because I thought these might take the most time to complete; so, I searched Google for “macaron fabric” and found many lovely prints to choose from and then found a local tailor to execute my design.
To re-create the quintessential Ladurée ambiance for the dessert bar, I went through my photos from Paris to revisit the interiors, color palettes and style of table place settings at their various locations. Their table settings are traditional white linen, silver tea pots, creamers and sugar, and gold rimmed solid pastel plates, cups and, saucers. With this information in hand, I began to search ebay, etsy, Amazon, etc. and purchased cups and saucers from these sites with the most similar china patterns available, as well as silver plated copper tea pots and accessories. For some of the finishing touches, I had mounted and framed one of their scarves detailing their macaron menu, designed gift wrap with arabesque scrolls, similar to their packaging, and hung the pop-up of Ladurée salons from the ceiling which comes included with the book Ladurée: Decoration and Inspiration
Ladurée has several products that are only sold in Paris and Tokyo but since we have a friend who often travels to Tokyo on business he was gracious to bring us the stationary for the invitations, ribbon for the gifts, and pencils for the children’s gift bags.
Since our Ladurée location does not carry their delectable marshmallows and meringues, my husband and I made them together after work and he put the baby to bed (what a guy! right? he also did the calligraphy for her invitations).
For the kiwi marshmallows we used “Emily’s Famous Marshmallows” recipe from allrecipes.com but instead of using vanilla, we juiced and strained three kiwis and used it as part of the water content the recipe calls for. For the strawberry meringues we used the “Peppermint Meringues” recipe as a guide, also from allrecipes.com, but only used the egg whites, sugar and an all natural strawberry flavoring and a large star shaped piping tip for the ideal shape. We were very pleased with how both recipes turned out.
We did have a mini-crisis the week of the party. Wanting to buy everything as fresh as possible, we went to purchase the teas, candies, and honey from the boutique the Monday before the party but, unfortunately, they didn’t have enough candied almonds and had sold out of the chocolate squares we planned to use for the children’s gifts bags and in one of the cups on the dessert table; and, they wouldn’t receive their next shipment in time. Instead, we substituted the chocolates for their perfect nougats and found another shop for the candied almonds.
As lovers of the ballet, our little one’s first gifts were ballet tutus and shoes from Paris, from the Opéra national de Paris at Garnier Palace and from The Metropolitan Opera gift shops. Her grandmother also gave her a sweet musical jewelry box with a ballerina dancing to Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Swans” .”
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