20 Aug

You guys. This first birthday? SOOOO good. Henry and Marie are the sweetest little pair and their mama Susan definitely deserved to throw them and herself a big beautiful party for making it through the first year with twins.

She’s a hopeless Francophile and couldn’t believe her luck when her little ones were born on Bastille Day. So perfect! Naturally she had to plan their first celebration with a French theme and she really did an amazing job. Simple, sophisticated, perfectly French. And, might we say, totally attainable if you’re inspired to plan something similar.

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

Look at these two! Aren’t they just edible?

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

Susan used Jordan’s crepe paper fringe garland tutorial for the backdrop. We can tell you from experience, it really is pretty and easy!

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

Love the idea of printing instagrams of baby’s first year to display at their party.

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

Obviously the parents deserve a tasty cocktail.

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday cake | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

Making pinwheels is such a simple idea for a backdrop. Great effect, budget-friendly, and totally possible even if you’re not a major DIY-er.

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

Packs of French colored crayons!

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

French-themed 1st birthday party for twins | 100 Layer Cakelet

Congratulations, all four of you! You did it. And you’re gorgeous.

Susan also has a nursery design business called Nesting, if you love her style and want it for your own nursery. And a great blog where she documents life as a mama to twins among lots of other pretty things.

event design + styling: fleurishing / photography: alison conklin / invitations: curious and co. creative / calligraphy: lindsey buck / rentals: magpie vintage rentals / florals: sullivan owen / cookie favors: flour pot cookies / custom cake letters: signe sugar / birthday banner: steph loves ben / ice cream: little baby’s ice cream / cake: yori’s bakery / venue: three little pigs cafe / caterer: new street catering

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Comments

  1. My brother’s birthday is on bastille day too! I love how you can tell what the inspiration was, but it’s not in your face – this is so smart. Thank you for sharing!

  2. this is so, SO, SOOOO perfect and precious!

  3. j’adore! this entire party is fabulous, but not over the top for a kid’s party either. obsessed. and how she found the time to pull it together with twins!? impressed.

  4. Gorgeous pictures!

  5. absolutely gorgeous…the party + the family!

  6. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Susan you have such good taste in paper and stationery!

  7. Susan has such phenomenal taste, amazing ideas and an unmatchable spirit for France. A stunning party!

  8. Gorgeous party and I am not one bit surprised!!! Happy Birthday lucky twinsies!!!

  9. I was fortunate enough to be a guest at this soiree and Susan (and team) made everything feel effortless yet sophisticated and fun! Henry and Marie are quite lucky to be so (stylishly) loved! xoxo

  10. Gorgeous! What beautiful images!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  11. So beautiful Susan! Your style shows through again and again. Paper decorations for a party is my favorite. I’ve used the crepe paper fringe myself, it does not disappoint for an instant wow and room transforming look! Can you share the pinwheel paper source?

  12. It’s such an honor to be featured…thank you ALL for the kind words!! MERCI!

    Nikki—the paper pinwheels were made my my amazing husband, using gold foil paper from Michaels + vintage buttons from my personal collection. ;)

  13. That cake is stunning! I also really love the Instagram idea.

  14. What a lovely party! I love the simple take on such a fun theme. I just did a similar theme for my sister’s baby shower but with more of a vintage feel. Super fun!

  15. wow – that is quite simply fabulous! Lovely sense of style.

  16. As a francophile myself I have to admit I went a little gaga over this wedding! Joyeux anniversaire Henry & Marie! Santé!

  17. Susan, I’m thinking I need to make the fringe garlands for my bff’s engagement party. Do you know how many garlands you got out of one roll of crepe paper? THANK YOU!

  18. Pretty speechless about this party. I LOVE it!!! Well done!

  19. Where did you get henrys outfit? So cute!

  20. I love everything about your party. I, too, am wondering how many rolls of crepe paper you used to make the “wall” of garland.

  21. Thank you all so much for your kind comments!

    Henry’s outfit: Zara shorts, Burberry shirt, Forage Haberdashery bow tie, Saltwaters.

    Regarding the crepe paper…I used approx. 5 rolls per color-each roll was split in half to make a garland. I had a very large (wide + tall) expanse.

  22. This is SO fun! Is there any way you can tell me where they were able to find that amazing gold crepe paper that is double sided? Everywhere- including the two links provided above sell one sided.

    Thanks!

  23. Actually I am wondering about the double sided as well. I just ordered some from the link that was posted and didnt even think about it being double sided. My wedding is May 10th and I plan on using this as a backdrop for the Polaroid guestbook. I LOVE this and any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  24. I need to know where you found the crepe paper in gold and white?

    You did an awesome job btw!!

  25. really love the crepe paper you used, can you tell me where you got it?

  26. Where did you find the gold crepe paper?

  27. I am wondering about the gold crepe paper as well!!

    I have looked on several websites and the gold seems to yellow for me but yours looks beautiful!

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