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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A party fit for Marie Antoinette

I am turning 40~ let us celebrate with a Marie Antoinette themed party.


The table is dressed with a matelasse cloth covered in roses, candy, confetti and images of the queen. Crystal candlesticks are dripping with jewels. At each setting is a collection of antique silver and china topped with a vintage handkerchief to be used as a napkin. In the center of the napkin is a ring fit for such regal guests.


A favor was placed to the left of each place setting and includes a string of pearls, candy, and confetti.



Bathroom tissue rolls have never looked so fine!


I have also made some blue and pink nut cups.




You can't have a party without cupcakes. I made the toppers from images of the queen printed on card stock. A toothpick was glued between two back to back circles.


Our ladies in waiting are The Fashionista and Hannah. They shall be serving a dinner of french onion soup, salad with french dressing, cordon bleu, green bean almondine and scalloped potatoes.



Although the invitation instructed that "Men, children and beasts are most unwelcome..." perhaps we can make an exception for my darling court jester, Rudi.


Touches of the queen can be found in every room in the house.




Even the ladies in waiting have a special table just for them in the kitchen.


Of course Marie Antoinette is playing on the big screen tv. The movie is muted though while music from various French artists is piped through the surround sound for total ambiance.


My daughter, a fashion design student has created my look. She says it is Modern Day Marie.


I've set up an area where each guest will have her portrait made.


I hope that you had a good time! Don't forget your parting favor.


It is a rose scented candle with an image of Marie Antoinette. The round fleur de lis tag reads "Merci" on the back.


The back of the candle includes the famous quote: "Let them eat cake!"


Au Revoir!

The Duchess of Decor

140 comments :

The Berry's Patch said...

Hi Laura,

What a glorious celebration fit for a Queen. Hope you had a wonderful Birthday celebration!

Brandee :-)

Liz said...

What a lovely party! Thank you for inviting me! I'm wearing my pearls now. You certainly were the bell of the ball! I'm off to work on my minuette now.... : )

Glad you are back and had a safe trip!

~~Liz~~

Kelly of The Vintage Butterfly Boutique said...

Yay, it's beautiful!! Congrats on 40! I'm up next on the 15th of September. :)

Wonderful party!! *air kisses to both cheeks*

Lady Dorothy said...

Oh, how fun!

I love the costumes of the Ladies in Waiting! And your look is definitely festive! It would be fun to see a group picture. Did everyone dress up?

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Happy Birthday! What a great party! I'm so impressed with all the details!

I received my giveaway prize I won yesterday! Thank you! It's even more beautiful than it looked in the photo!

Miss Sandy said...

Laura,
What a fantastic party!!!! Alyssa out did herself in the fashion department! The table settings were wonderful and I love all the fun flirty details you put into your party favors. It looks like a delicious and delectable time was had by all, too fun!

Myrna said...

What a beautiful party! Hope your birthday celebration was wonderful!What a great age, too! It justs gets better and better! :-)
Blessings!
Myrna

A Hint of Home said...

Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful party. Love your theme and your tv cabinet is so pretty.

Julie said...

I have been out lately and am just now catching up. Happy Birthday! What a lovely party!

I am so sorry about your father. My prayers are you with you, my friend!

Shimmy Mom said...

Oh I'm so glad that you had a good time at your party. It is truly so creative. (I may have to steal some of your idea for my 40th.) You look fabulous!
*hugs*

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hi there....love your blog. What a great idea for a party. Love all your shabby decor. Girl after my own heart. cherry

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am glad that everyone is enjoying the festivities.Please feel free to use any of the ideas for your own personal use.

Yes, all of the guests did arrive dressed for the occasion and we did take a few group photos. Some of the women are not comfortable with being "on view" so I am saving those photos for my scrapbook.

DishDiva aka Kay said...

Wish that I had found this site sooner!I would have been a Party Crasher for sure.
Very lovely...
Dish Diva ...Kay

restyled home said...

Hi Laura,

Happy 40th birthday, and I just want you to know that I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I hope you are doing okay, and have the support of great friends and family...and obviously, you do.

Linda

perilloparodies said...

What fun!!! Such great details... and you made it come together so beautifully.. Toilet paper rolls---so many uses! That was my kinda party, especially since you included so many hamdmade things. Loved your ideas. a friend of mind and i are planning a baby shower for another friend of ours, i will pass on this post to her since i think we may be able to use some of the ideas you had, especially for the table extras. lovely little confetti there. did you make the dripping jewels for the candles? well, now, hope you had a wonderful day. your daughter is very pretty, by the way. and... that is it... thinking of you and praying... :-)

ceekay said...

Your party looks like it was wonderful! I love all the ideas! I loved that movie!! Happy Birthday.

Joy said...

Wow! You really know how to throw a party. Your attention to detail is phenomenal! It's absolutely beautiful.
Happy, Happy Birthday to You!

TRay said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! I wish I could have been there, but "WHOO HOO!"...I can't wait for my party favor to arrive. I finally got picked...hee hee & lots of glee, for sure! Happy 40th! What a beautiful party...thanks for the invite.

Tara

Her Shabbiness said...

Oh how sweet. And quite the surprise at the end. Thank you.
I was scrolling through your pictures thinking how creative your party was and how much I would love to do something similar for my daughter's birthday.I didn't expect to win anything and I was shocked to see my name.
It looks like you had a fantastic time. Happy Birthday!!!
~Melissa

Suzanne said...

Happy 40th!! Isnt' it wonderful to celebrate Life!!!
Suzanne

FourSistersInACottage said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And I love the Robert Frost quote!!!
You are in my Halloween Swap!!! YEAH!!!
Please send your full address and email address to me at FourSistersInACottage@msn.com
Hugs and Love, Amy

Kathy said...

What a lovely party. Happy Happy Birthday!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday! You look wonderful! Amazing how "Modern Day Marie" hair is so similiar to
"80's" hair!

But you all looked wonderful! Much classier than my Dorothy the Dino outfit I don what now seems so many years ago!

Miss you!

Kelly

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a fabulous party! Happy happy Birthday! 40 is a GREAT age to be. I know you will do it proud, sweet friend.

xo Lidy

Jorgelina said...

That beautiful celebration!
Very delicate each detail. Adorable your dog.
A greeting

Rue said...

Good morning Laura :)

I had a lovely time at the party!

Vous, vos dames dans l'attente et le décor étaient magnifiques!

hugs,
rue

Lorrie said...

What a fabulous party! And you look absolutely wonderful - Marie Antoinette would approve!

Lorrie

kari and kijsa said...

Everything looks incredible! Thanks for the invite! Happy, happy birthday!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

queenoftheclick said...

First, your daughter did a great job making you look hot!

The decor was amazing. You know how to have a party. I love to come to your blog and escape into your pretty world.

Hoping that some of it rubs off on me :)

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

Thanks for the visit! What a lovely themed party!MArie would be thrilled :) Happy Bday!! Hugs, Kimberly

judicreations said...

Hi Laura
What a lovely celebration. Happy Birthday. I had such a lovely time. Everything was done to the nines and I loved the table setting and the table favours. I was so happy to pick up a special favour on my way out also.

I loved your new look, your daughter did a great job. Everything from the music to the candles was absolutely devine.

Thank you again.

Stop by my blog for Trivia Friday...and good luck!

Have a lovely weekend.
Judi

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I've wanted to write sooner when I read about your Father's passing. It hit me personally. Experiencing loss is so difficult and sometimes someone else's loss brings up my own grieving process. May your cherished memories help heal your heart at this time.
A Birthday celebration surrounded by family and friends is the best gift of all!
Happy Birthday!
Have a *SWEET EVENING*!
Sara

Elizabeth said...

Looks like you had a great party, and really gave your guests a good time! I turned 40 last year and bought my first house!
I hope your trip and your party have been rejuvenating and life-affirming.

Candice Carpenter said...

Oh what a fab party!!! Happy Birthday! You sure do know how to throw a stylish party. :-)

alyssabeth said...

oh hello there
i know you left this up on my computer on purpose
bahah
i love you!!!


ps - rudii is a bad mama jama

MoziEsmé said...

That is SO gorgeous!

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

A very happy (belated) birthday to you! It looks like it was a magnificent day! :)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Loved your cute party !

Joanne Kennedy said...

Ok I know I'm late with this post but I just saw it today.

Hope you had a wonderful birthday. Sure looks like by the photos.

What a lovely idea for a party! You did a great job!

Would you mind telling me how you made those darling candy cups. I love them and would like to make them for my niece's birthday party.

You have such tallent! I'm in awe!

Hugs,
Joanne

Priscila said...

I havent learned how to make these! Can you teach me? :)

ShabbyInTheCity said...

What a beautiful party you hosted for yourself :) That looked like so much fun! Too bad we couldn't have all really been there!
Here is a party I gave a neighbor:

http://shabbyinthecity.blogspot.com/2007/08/snow-queens.html

Geralyn Gray said...

I love it!!! I have a dog just like yours....I love how you decorated the cupcakes and how you dressed up---what fun!!!!!!!!!!

Rhondamum said...

How fun was that! I wish I had been there. We could have both celebrated 40. I am so happy that you shared this event with me and I just love your blog. I will be back very soon and I look forward to chatting with you soon! Rhonda...

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Laura.....
What a wonderful idea......what a wonderful way to celebrate you 40th. BTW.....Congratulations!
Hope your day is a beautiful one....
xoxo

Joy said...

I remember enjoying this post back in August! I could have sworn I left a comment, though, apparently not.

The festivity and spirit of your party really come through the photos in your post!

Anonymous said...

how adorable! I share your ideas! Im planning a M.A party for me and my bridesmaids this spring. its going to be so cute. Im designing it after the movie (which we will be watching in the evening) by having cute bright colors all around the house and colorful cakes, movie scene posters around, etc. Im so excited! your party looked great!

BJ_Mama said...

HOW FUN! P.S. you don't look a day over 30.

Jennifer said...

What a fantastic original idea! Hope you had a great birthday.

{Katie Lane} said...

Awesome idea, I'm totally doing that for my 40th!!

MrsM said...

How creative! (Happy FB day!)

Laila Of Course! said...

Love loved this party! Beautiful!

Be sure and stop by my blog and comment/follow. It would really make my day! And I have a photo caption contest going on right now-- be sure and enter.

-Laila
www.randomweavings.blogspot.com

La Belle Mere UK said...

Again you've put me to shame!!! We have guests for Sunday lunch this week so have been inspired to think of ways I can go above and beyond my usual boring table mats!

Congrats on making FB.

B x

meandtheblueskies said...

Another great party theme although the one gal looked like Marie Antoinette from the 60's. And the dog? Doesn't he/she have enough sense to run and hide when you are planning for a party? LOL So cute. Enjoy your SITS day.

theselfloveproject said...

OMG ..that was way way cool...

i am hooked to your blog now...

love it...

Travel With Lilliy said...

Let Them Eat Cake...
What a lovely idea for a birthday party.. loved the modern Marie..
Lilliy.. new member of SITS and loving it..
http://travelsightswithlilliy.com

Queenie Jeannie said...

Love it!!!!

A Queen after my own heart, lol!

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

she's so blog [nicholette] said...

i love it! love the costumes. decor. && the doggie. :) so cute. awesome them! Happy SITS!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Looks like SO MUCH FUN!

Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

Very cool! I turned 40 last Oct. Wish I had thought of something like that. What a fun way to celebrate a Milestone, lol.

Ungirdled Passion said...

Beautiful! Wonderful idea! I love the costumes and that your dog participates! Happy SITS!!

Chanda said...

Looks like you all have the best parties!! How fun!

Reluctant Housewife said...

That's elaborate! I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Why Marie Antoinette?

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Thanks for letting us experience your party! :) It looked lovely. The cupcakes were gorgeous.

Happy SITS Day!

Susan said...

Beautiful! I love the design on the toilet paper roll, so creative!

Creative Junkie said...

You really should be party planning for a profession - you are obviously excellent at it!

mommy4life said...

Your creativity knows no bounds!!!

Life of a Stepmama said...

It is all in the details right! Love the party, you look amazing!! How much fun, that had to have been a lot of work. Your friends are so lucky!

SarahovertheRainbow said...

What a great idea!

Elizabeth Patch said...

C'etait un tres bon fete! Joyeaux Anniversaire Madame!

Rose said...

I love how the dog is always included..lol!

Joy said...

Another nice look back on a great post! Happy SITS feature day!

Elizabeth said...

I love your candelabra! It's so beautiful! Happy SITS FB Day!

Ashley said...

What a fun celebration! Happy SITS day!

Debbie in Nashville said...

Happy belated Birthday!

What a beautiful party. I hope you guys had a wonderful time. I love everything but especially that you dressed up and "Men, children and beasts are most unwelcome..."!!

You are so creative!

Michelle said...

AMAZING party!

HOnestly, too much work for my own party. I wouldnt hesitate to do this if it wasnt my OWN party though.

Laura said...

Turning 40 never looked so fun. What a great idea.

Happy SITS Day!

Janet said...

This is fabulous! I just watched Marie Antoinette, again, the other day. You are so creative and talented!

Little Miss Baker said...

Wow you are such a very talented lady!! I am highly impressed with you :) Thanks for sharing and HAPPY SITS DAY!!

Katie said...

Love it! Such a creative idea!

hotpants™ said...

The outfits were amazing. Love this!

Stalker v1.5 said...

Maybe turning 40 won't be so bad at'all. If I can have a party like this one!

Marrdy said...

I think this would great for a bridal shower too! Great idea and Happy 40th birhtday a little late!

Lavender n Lattés said...

Wow - amazing! So much fun!

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

looks like a great time

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Now what else could your daughter be but a fashion design student when she has such a creative mother. Awesome! I hope you are enjoying your SITS Day.

TR Hughes said...

Love the tablescape! Adore the hair!

stepalicious said...

You are wonderfully creative! I love your ideas!

Golfgal said...

When I turn 60, I'm calling you to decorate my house (and me!!!) WOW!

Mary at My New 30 said...

What a fantastic 40th! Just beautiful.

Happy SITS Day!!

I'm a follower now :) I can't wait to see what all you are up to now.

Amy said...

You sure know how to throw a great party...

Again love the dog..

MoxieMamaKC said...

How awesome! What a great twist to Girl's Night! I love it!

Shimmy Shimmy said...

You are the hostess with the mostess! What a great theme party.
Stopping by from sits!

Pricilla said...

Happy SITS day.
What a delighfully wonderful way to celebrate your birthday.

missy said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!
everything looked perfect!!!!!
hope you had a great time!!!!!!

Lance and Jewls said...

Wow what a blast! Happy 40th...way to turn a day most people dread into something fabulous! :)

Mammatalk said...

Giving me some ideas, little lady. I am nose to nose with 40 myself!

Robin said...

Oh how fun....

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

Happy SITS Day!

HollyS said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I have a collection of vintage tea cups and I love to entertain. Party at my house!

Smitten by Britain said...

When I turned 40 I threw a party as well. Good for you lady.

Kekibird said...

Wow, when you do it up, you really do it up! So much fun.

Hanneke Nelson said...

Fabulous! I LOVE the dresses.

Hanneke

Kari said...

What a fun party theme! Over from SITS to say hello.

Traci said...

Wow, you all know how to throw a party.

Mama Karebare said...

You are very creative

Mindie said...

I love vintage style. What a beautiful party. =)

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

Love the use of TP rolls! :D

dddiva said...

How fun, looks like y'all really know how to throw a party. Great details.

Live.Love.Eat said...

What a unique way to celebrate 40. So, that was almost a year ago but I'll still say Happy Bday and for the one coming up next month :)

Suzi said...

Happy SITS Day. Wow, you really outdid yourself. That looks like an amazing party with some amazing decorations. Well done.

sandy said...

That's beautiful!

Happy SITSday!

C. Beth said...

Oh, you rock! What a fun theme!

Ashley Clark said...

Dang that is some party. Lol, my hair would be ready for that party after just brushing it!

shortmama said...

Gorgeous!

Tiaras said...

do you live near me - I want to come to a party at your house!

aforestfrolic said...

I just LOVE IT, what a fun theme! The hair is lovely ;-) And I do love how your pup always participates.

Jamie :)

My Household Junk said...

I bet your friends have so much fun with you! I love the dog costumes in all of your party posts!

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

popping over from SITS what a great party and what a lot of work went into this !

Bentley Boutique said...

Wow, what a great party (and a lot of work!!) Love the dog:)

http://bentleyboutique.com/craftblog/

Helen McGinn said...

wow, I'm turning 40 this year, I may just steal your idea! xx

Shannon said...

How cool! And I love your "court jester", LOL!

carma said...

I love all the attention to detail - and your daughter did a fabulous job with you "look"

Brooke said...

Again. I am amazed!!! Really. Wow. So beautiful!!!!

Rachel said...

So pretty, so fancy, so fun!

Sarah said...

I totally love this idea! I would love a party like that!!

Happy SITS day!

Mama Mair said...

Cool!
Once again, very creative.
happy sits day!

Amy said...

such thought and creativity, I love it! happy SITSta's day!

greedygrace said...

fancy pants! Love it!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What beautiful place settings!

MarcomMom said...

That table is gorgeous! Come do my house! :)

Rbarakat said...

What a fabulous idea!

Michelle (hometc) said...

Your daughter should have done the dog's hair too, that would have been great!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

how adorable!!!!

CoffeewithZooly said...

Great idea !

Beth in NC said...

Over from SITS. You are just soooo creative. What a cute idea!

Mama Mel said...

How cute! :) Looks like a fun party!

Mel said...

You have such a gift....thanks for inspiring us!

Yaya said...

Wow! This is awesome!!!

piecemeal people said...

You're not one for doing things halfway, huh? ;)

Lauren said...

This party is amazing! I love every detail down to the jewels dripping from the candlesticks. Great job!! It must have been so much fun!