Juliet Boydston of The COOP designed a Marie Antoinette Inspired Birthday Party for her daughter’s third birthday that is all about the pink, gold & glitz! Piles of French inspired sweets, glam cotton candy displays, scripted “Eat Me” silhouettes and playful DIY wigs are just the beginning of all the *royal* fun!
One of my favorite elements is Juliet’s signature handwritten and papercraft details. Using simple black marker drawings of champagne, candelabras, and strawberries she created a youthful, theme-y and playful pop. She says in her party details (read them below!), “I just wanted it to be gorgeous and opulent and over the top fun and I am so pleased with how it turned out,” and I have to agree – great job Juliet, it looks like outrageously fabulous fun!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– Pink and white frosted eclairs with Marie Antoinette toppers from Papernosh
– Playful balloon dogs, cotton candy cups with gold glitter trim & ombre pink macarons
– ADORABLE cupcake shaped crazy straws from Birthday In A Box
– Pink “3” mylar balloon and multicolor streamer party backdrop + DIY paper chandelier
–”Eat Cake” gold glitter straw silhouettes and pink ruffle and gold glitter cake
– Creative DIY lace masks and pink wigs with crepe paper flowers and hand drawn feathers
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Juliet…
Oh my gosh – this party was so so fun to create. My beautiful little girl Hazel was turning three and I wanted something unique and fun. I own a kids party place called the COOP and I do lots of fabulous theme parties – so when it comes to my kids I like to do more unique themes that I haven’t seen before. I decided on Marie Antionette “Let them Eat Cake” as a theme because – #1….CAKE! and #2… Hazy had this darling costume from H&M that fit the theme perfectly! I just wanted it to be gorgeous and opulent and over the top fun and I am so pleased with how it turned out.
I went for mostly pinks and whites – with the hand drawn black and white pops as the color sheme – but for the backdrops inside I wanted to add some color punch so I added orange and yellow to the massive amount of crepe paper streamers I used to create the backdrops! I love the colors all together – so bright and fun.
I’m an artistic girl – but wouldn’t say I am an artist – so I decided to stick with a black and white sketch portrait of Marie Antionette as the centerpiece of the treat table. After I painted that I added paper flowers to her hair for a 3D effect which I just love.
I also Painted the black and white Marie for the outdoor table. I had seen an Anthropologie window with a manequin walking loads of balloon dogs and I thought that would be a fun way to illustrate Marie Antionette style EXCESS. So the night before the party I handed my 11 year old son Grant a bunch of pink balloons, a balloon pump and told him to find a how to video on You Tube and get to creating a mass of puppies for “Marie” to walk on ribbon leashes. He did a great job and I always love when my kids get involved in the creative process. He actually had so much fun making them he brought his goodies to the party and made more on the spot for his little sisters little guests. So sweet.
I knew I wanted antique elements – like candelabras… but I didn’t want the party to look old lady. So I came up with the idea of sketching elements of the party – like candelabras, Champagne bottles, extra pieces of cake, cupcakes, cookies, etc. I also drew strawberries to put on the champagne glasses – which I thought looked so so cute.
I love a black and white sketch and just think those pops of hand drawn elements really made the party super special and unique. When we opened the COOP 7 years ago, I had the idea to paint a fitted tablecloth with a trompe l’oeil opulent antique looking table for tea parties, etc. It took me a long time, but I FINALLY did it and I LOVE it!! I decided to go with a pink table as I had all the other black and white elements, and I just think it is so cool… a great way to change the look of a table. We have already used it again for a recent Princess Party.
I hand made the eye masks with just sparkly white paper, dowels, ribbons and paper flowers and placed them at each place setting… on top of the Meri Meri black and white paper plates. I also am quite in love with the gold wire and stars that I swirled out of the chamagne glasses on the table to look like bubbles floating out of the bubbly!
The most time consuming and over the top part of the party was the hand made Marie Antionette wigs… which were a major labor of love – but so worth the time and energy! I made super tall forms for each hat from strips of cardboard and covered them in cotton batting that I then sprayed pink. Then I added a hand drawn feather and some paper flowers as flourish and… VOILA! A super fun fabulous wearable piece to get everyone in the mood at the party!
All of the black and white elements were created on a foamies roll – I just hand drew everything with a jumbo black sharpie and then cut them out – the Eat Cake sign was also done on foam roll and cut out – but I used liquid leaf paint for that one. I really love a party that is not just curated… there are a lot of ways to make a party fab by buying lots of cool things… but for me a party is super special when there are hand made, hand painted, crazy ideas come to life in a beautiful unique way – and I really think this party is just that. It was the perfect way to celebrate my creative, wild over the top fabulous and fun little girl!!