Since we were handing out our invitations in person, I made little felt envelopes to mimic the capelettes from the books. The one pictured above was actually the one that turned out the worst, but I forgot to snap a picture of the ones we used before handing them out!
The evening before our party day, Ben built and painted a little patisserie stand. I sewed the top of it around 10:00 p.m. (ain’t no minute like the last minute)! The incredibly inexpensive fabric came from Ikea, and it was a nice heavy weight.
I made the girls capelettes using blue and white felt and red satin ribbon. Because stitching stands out on felt, I saved myself the trouble and used a hot glue gun. I had a ton of fabric scraps, so I used them to make matching hair bows. The hats that are depicted in the books are the woolen Parisian school girl hats that were used in the 1800’s. Not only is it hard to find those today, but quite expensive! I saw many other Madeline parties using yellow straw hats, but I couldn’t find any that would be delivered in time. I happened to see these white ones in Woolworth’s (a five and dime store here in Berlin) for two bucks a piece and snatched them up! They had cheap pink ribbon glued on them, so I gently ripped it off and replaced it with black grosgrain ribbon. They ended up being super cute! I typed up some Mademoiselle name tags the morning of the party for the hangers and the girls’ spots at the activity table
We cleared our mantle and decorated it with just pictures of our birthday girl and a storybook bunting (how-to here). We served some french inspired fare, including quiche, confit de canard sandwiches, croissant sandwiches, crudité platter, a big salad, and a french cheese board. I made fresh lemonade for kids and had a chilled apéritif for adult guests when they arrived, followed by a self-serve wine and beer station (Everyone walked or took public transit, in case you’re wondering. Nobody was toasted or anything!). Our daughter asked for a “chocolate on top, vanilla on the bottom” cake. So we made two tiers and added some fondant sketches inspired from the book (a couple didn’t make it on the finished product!). It was good enough for my amateur skills and our girls had fun helping with it!
Everyone had a wonderful time, and I’m happy to report it was our most organized birthday party to date! We sent our guests home with a few Madeline coloring pages and some eiffel tower crayons (tutorial here) as party favors. And, of course, their art work, hats, capelettes, and hairbows.
As it’s written in the book, “That’s all there is! There isn’t anymore!”