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Rocco’s French Themed First Birthday


We hosted a French themed first birthday party for my son.  We decorated with red, navy blue, light blue, and white.  We served gruyere grilled cheese sandwiches, bistro fries, salad, baguette, and cheese for lunch.  Desert was zucchini-quinoa cupcakes, French chocolate cake, pate-a-choux, petits palmiers, meringues, brioche and nutella.  

Design Inspiration

Rocco's first birthday is close to Bastille Day and of course he is our Petit Prince, so that was my inspiration for the French theme.  

Decorating Style

Clean and Modern

Project Details

Photography by Sarah Anderson at Modern Day Moments - 

French plates, cups, napkins, and striped dish towels used as table runners - Sur La Table

"Merci" stamp, cellophane bags, red striped paper straws - Paper Source

Fabrics for bunting and buffet runner - Etsy, Serena & Lily, Joann Fabrics

French cookies for favor packets - Trader Joe's

Stickers for favor packets - Martha Stewart Avery labels from Staples

"Rocco" train, Petit Prince doll, Petit Prince carousel book - gifts from Paris

Frog invitations - Etsy

Favorite Items

The bunting flags that my mom and I made out of fabrics leftover from decorating Rocco's nursery.


Keep it simple enough that you can enjoy yourself and have fun - a first birthday only happens once!

Tasha Cune

Monday 23rd of July 2012

I like the simplicity of the party details. And the food looks delish! Now I'm craving for some grilled cheese sandwich, fries and meringues!