You’re in for a treat with this Princess and the Frog New Orleans Restaurant Inspired Party by Chavon Cham, out of Boston, Massachusetts, USA!
Filled with decor and fun inspired by Tiana’s place, this darling birthday bash is a must see for any Princess and the Frog fan!
So grab a menu and take a look at these details and more that will have you hooked:
- Custom Menu Party Invite
- Princess + Frog Cake
- Modern Panel + Merchandise Shop Backdrop
- Bistro Guest Tables
- Custom Balloon Installs
- Bourbon Beverage Bar
Princess and the Frog New Orleans Restaurant Inspired Party
Princess and the Frog New Orleans Restaurant Inspired Party Details:
“For my daughter’s 4th birthday, we welcomed our family and friends to the “grand opening” of Noah’s Place! Noah’s Place was inspired by ‘Tiana’s Place’, the family restaurant princess Tiana and her father James dreamed of opening in the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. I chose this theme because of the many parallels between our family and Tiana’s family.
Like princess Tiana, my daughter Noah is surrounded by food. Our family owns a soul food restaurant in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. My daughter is learning her way around the kitchen and familiarizing herself with the different cultural dishes that have been passed down for generations in African American families. Additionally, her favorite color is green, and of course, her favorite princess is Tiana!
I incorporated so many small details from the movie. The invitation was inspired by the folded sheet of paper Princess Tiana got from her father and kept at her bedside of her dream restaurant. It served as the perfect prelude of what was to come at the party!
To start the morning off, a small group my daughters friends visited our family’s restaurant and helped make buttermilk biscuits! Each kid received an apron customized with their first name, and a small set of tools to use in the kitchen. By the end, the kids were covered in flour and super excited that their biscuits would be served at ‘Noah’s Place’ that afternoon.
Tables + Decor:
At the birthday party, I wanted the celebration to feel like a restaurant dining experience. Our backyard was set up with bistro tables and espresso cross back chairs, with bistro lights hanging above. I kept the palette neutral with shades of green, brown, and mustard yellow. The colors were inspired by the swamp setting of the movie and the outfit toddler Tiana wore in the opening scene.
Each table included a brown wooden charger plate, topped with a dinner plate, a green linen napkin, and gold and black flatware. The plates were customized with a family picture of Tiana and her parents. Like a true restaurant, salt, pepper, and a customized Tabasco bottle which read “Noah’s Place” were placed at each table. A glass bud vase included a pop of yellow roses and a green anthurium midori stem as another nod to the swap setting of the movie.
My favorite detail on the table was the custom menu! I designed a menu inspired by the one Princess Tiana’s mother holds up at the end of the movie when she finally opens her restaurant. The menu displays all the signature dishes and desserts that were served at the party with cute graphics of toddler Tiana and quotes from the movie. The back of the menu even featured our family picture, just like the menu in the movie! I purchased the svg files for the character graphics on etsy, created the menu myself in power point. Then, I printed the menu at a local print shop on card stock paper. I found the menu holder on Amazon in a pack of ten.
Staying on theme, a few of our family members wore custom t-shirts that featured a “Noah’s Place” logo and black waist aprons. As guests took their seats at a table, they were greeted by a server who took their order and even delivered their plate!
Our family and friends also helped themselves to a DIY bourbon bar! The bar included a custom menu sign with two experience options. The right side included recipes for a traditional bourbon cocktail served in New Orleans like the Mint Julep and Old Fashioned. The left side featured a DIY option with the proper portions of bourbon, citrus, and simple syrup listed to make your own cocktail. I found a free printable on Pinterest for the simple syrup bottle labels. Guests topped their cocktails off with bourbon infused cherries or citrus peels, and a custom “Noah’s Place” drink stirrer. The bar was a hit – especially for all of the dads!
Tip: For kid’s parties, I always look to include an activity or entertainment just for the adults. It really encourages a full family experience that you’ll know all guests can and will enjoy! It is something our family and friends come to expect, and they always look forward to coming to our kids parties.
From their tables, guests had a view of the ‘Noah’s Place’ merchandise shop. The merch shop served as a favor station for guests to grab an item as a keepsake from the event. In the movie, Tiana keeps red coffee cans in her wardrobe filled with tips from her waitress jobs. The cans are labeled “restaurant fund” and went towards the down payment on the building for her restaurant. For Noah’s 5th birthday, we intend to take her to Disney.
So, I thought it would be cool to replicate Tiana’s restaurant fund with a “Disney Fund”! These cans were included on the wall. In exchange for donations, guests were given a custom mug, tee, jar of honey, Tabasco bottle, French market coffee or beignet mix from the merch shop! In the end, the wall was a success! We reached our Disney fundraising goal in a thoughtful way and guests were excited to take home a favor they would actually use and enjoy.
The kids enjoyed hours spent playing in an 8x8ft ball pit. The ball pit featured a custom decal with ‘Noah’s Place’ and a graphic of toddler Tiana. After the ball pit fun, they each took a swing at the pinata. We custom ordered the pinata to resemble a Tabasco bottle. It also featured the same Noah’s Place hot sauce label as the small bottles on the tables!
For sweets, guests enjoyed cake and took home a small favor box with “man catching beignets” (as Tiana’s friend Charlotte calls them in the film!) in true NOLA style.
Everyone truly had a blast at the party. With food at the center of our family and culture, and Princess Tiana representing the first black Disney princess, it was the perfect theme to celebrate Noah turning 4!” – Chavon Cham
Concept, Design, Styling: @miniflotus
Table & Chair Rental: @beyondpartyrental
Bar menu & drink stirrers: @inspiredengravings
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