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.
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.
Clean and Modern
Photography by Sarah Anderson at Modern Day Moments - www.moderndaymoments.com
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 http://www.etsy.com/listing/67848039/french-frog-party-invitation?ref=af_you_favitem
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!