When I was little, I loved the book Madeline. I would always check it out at the library. As I got older, I started collecting Madeline stuff – dolls, lunch boxes, figurines… I also loved learning French in high school. I even considered becoming a French teacher but decided against it because my accent is HORRIBLE. So when it came time to plan our daughter’s birthday this year, I chose Madeline for a theme with French food for the treats. It ended up being a great theme for a birthday. If you don’t have any birthdays coming up it would also be a great theme for a Bastille Day Party – why not??? Even if it’s not a holiday here in America, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate when it comes up on July 14th!
For the decorations I found darling Madeline plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths, etc. online. You should be able to find them if you Google “Madeline party supplies” or look it up on Pinterest. I also put little yellow hats like Madeline’s on everything. I even got a hat with a bow to use as a centerpiece on one table.
I found some Eiffel Tower decorations at Sur La Table and other various places. I even had some French cafe plates from Williams Sonoma that I got years ago but never really had a chance to use before. I also put the dolls, etc. from my own Madeline collection around here and there. One of my favorite decorations was a rabbit drawn on tissue paper with a Sharpie and taped to the ceiling – because in Madeline’s hospital room there was “a crack in the ceiling that had the habit of sometimes looking like a rabbit.”
The food was so much fun to make. For the birthday dinner we served croque monsieur sandwiches, fruit, and several kinds of cheese. The desserts were all part of “Madeline’s Patisserie.”
I got an Eiffel Tower cookie cutter from Sur La Table to make cut out cookies. I also made cupcakes topped with little French toothpick decorations from Sur La Table as well. We had macaroons, eclairs, and cream puffs. And of course, the birthday cake was in the shape of Madeline’s yellow hat with a black fondant bow.
I had so much fun with this Madeline/French theme. I hope our little one and her little girlfriends enjoyed it as much as I did! Whether you are planning a small birthday celebration with a few friends and family like we had or a big Bastille Day extravaganza, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too!